Congregational treasurers and finance committees often require resources from our synodical and national websites. Following are commonly accessed links and forms.
Treasurer’s information booklet
The Treasurer’s Information Booklet has been prepared by the national church for the benefit of congregational treasurers. It provides general information on a variety of subjects and is updated periodically for legislative changes, policy changes, and government and general financial administration information.
Synod remittance form
This form accompanies benevolence cheques to the Synod. Please include a daytime phone or an email address in case of questions regarding the form.
PAR for congregations
Congregations (and individuals) may choose to make regular monthly benevolence to the Synod by pre-authorized debit. The attached provides information and a sign-up form.
These salary guidelines, passed by Synod council, provide minimum standards for remuneration of rostered ministers including pay and leave. Compensation guidelines:
Employees, both rostered and lay, earning 25% or more of YMPE (Yearly Maximum Pensionable Earnings) are expected to be enrolled in the ELCIC benefit plan through Group Services Inc. The GSI website contains information and forms required for enrolment and during employment.
Canada Revenue Agency
CRA’s Charities Directorate has all the policies and regulations required to register and operate a charity in Canada. https://www.canada.ca/en/services/taxes/charities.html
The charities page also has information related to issuing charitable donation receipts for tax purposes. https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/charities-giving/charities/operating-a-registered-charity/issuing-receipts.html
CRA’s payroll page has information related to administer and reporting payroll. https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/tax/businesses/topics/payroll.html
Application and instructions for Canada emergency wage subsidy: https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/subsidy/emergency-wage-subsidy.html
Saskatchewan Employment Standards
All employers in Saskatchewan must follow minimum labour standards with regard to wages, leave, and notice period. Information on rights and responsibilities is available at the government website. https://www.saskatchewan.ca/business/employment-standards
COVID-19 -impact on a Congregation’s financial stability
Our churches have always depended on funding the ministry by gathering each Sunday and “passing the plate.” During COVID-19, we need to find alternative ways of funding our congregations.
A few options are outlined below:
- Pre-Authorized Withdrawal (PAR) If your congregation does not administer PAR, donors can give through the Synod or national office. Registration forms are available through the Giving alternatives link below. Donors can specify which congregation or special appeals funds should be directed to.
- Canada Helps Donors can give to any registered charity online through CanadaHelps for a small cost (approximately 4%). Donations can be one-time or regular monthly giving. CanadaHelps will receipt the donor directly. If your congregation has registered with them and provided banking information, they will automatically deposit donations to your account approximately bi-weekly less their handling fee. If your congregation has not registered, they will forward funds via cheque through the mail less their handling fee.
- Interac e-Transfer using online banking If your congregation uses online banking, you can accept etransfers unless that option has been disabled.
- Offering envelopes Remind your congregational members that cheques can be mailed to the church office, or dropped off if you have made arrangements.