Featured Resources

Videos for Treasurers and Church/Financial Administrators

Looking to learn about Portico Benefit Services and the practicalities of managing the benefits for pastors and church employees? Your congregation must have at least one registered EmployerLink user to pay your bill and manage sponsored employees’ benefits. Note: it’s important for the people who play a part in managing your employees’ benefits to be registered on EmployerLink, and for those no longer involved to have their accounts deactivated.

Invite your treasurer or financial administrator to view these educational videos:

Managing Benefits 101 (may be seen without signing in to EmployerLink)

Employer Link Tour

Understanding Your Bill


Bishop's Report to the 2019 Assembly

Click the image below to watch the video watch it on YouTube.


Learning, Thinking, and Living into a Deeper and More Vibrant Faith

NIS Vital Congregations Project

Vital congregations do three things, (1) Strengthen their relationship with God; (2) Nurture relationships; (3) Build relationships in their community and in the world. This initiative is an eight-session workshop designed to heighten a congregation’s relationships with God, one another, and the world around us.


Congregational Treasurers & Financial Leaders Newsletter - November 2017

This newsletter seeks to provide basic information about topics relevant to volunteer treasurers and leaders involved in financial management in Northern Illinois Synod congregations.  


My Muslim Neighbor Resources

a resource list curated by the Rev. Brant Clements

Discover Islam will provide a free set of 6 DVDs to members of the ELCA. Each half-hour long program presents a positive, insider's view of Islam. Topics include: Islam: An American Faith, Christians & Islam, and Women in Islam. Request a set through The page also includes a link to the Study Guides available through There are many other free resources available on the Discover Islam website. 


First We Give of Ourselves

First, We Give of Ourselves is a three-year stewardship response program designed for congregations that wish to help members grow in their understanding of stewardship as a faith and discipleship practice. 


How might your congregation observe Reformation 500?

October 31, 2017, will mark 500 years since the beginning of the Lutheran Reformation, spurred by Martin Luther’s posting of the Ninety-Five Theses. This is an important anniversary and one that deserves to be lifted up not just on a global scale—as it will be—but in your congregation and community as well.

Through several avenues, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and Augsburg Fortress will be highlighting a wide range of ideas and possibilities from various sources with ways to mark and observe this milestone.


Gluten-Free Communion Bread Recipe

by Tami Groth, ELCA Diaconal Minister, Western Iowa Synod, from her blog Gluten-Free Communion Bread … a beginning

The requirements for this recipe included that it had to be not only gluten­-free, but also free of all of the top allergens and preferably free of the common food sensitivities that many individuals with Celiac disease also seem to have.