First Lutheran, Parkersburg, Easter Vigil
West Virginia - Western Maryland Synod

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Page Contents
  • Parochial Reports
  • Supply Preachers
  • Workshops & Presentations
  • Seed Planted
  • Compensation Guidelines
  • Mission Support

Parochial Reports

*C9.12(b). The pastor of this congregation: shall submit a summary of such statistics annually to the synod.

Parochial reports are important for strategic planning and the call process. As our synod plans for the future in these challenging times, having accurate numbers has become even more important. Just under 60% of our congregations submitted reports in the last cycle. Let's shoot for 100% this year. You can download the combination Form A & C Parochial Report at the Secretary of the ELCA "resources" web page. When you reach the Secretary's resources page, look for the large button on the right. You can also submit past reports, but we'd be really happy just to see 100% for the 2018 reports. When accessing the Form A & C, you will need your congregation number. If you do not have it, please contact the Synod Office. Parochial Reports were due February 15, but we'll take them late. Please get them in as soon as you can.

Supply Preachers

Do you need coverage for a service? Click here for the Supply Preacher page.

Workshops & Presentations

The WV-WMD Synod offers workshops and presentations for congregations on a variety of topics. The following are currently available, but more will be added as time goes on. If there is something you would like to see that is not listed, contact Bishop Riegel. To make arrangements for a presentation or workshop, email Bishop Riegel (

  • Compline Workshop
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    • Praying Compline
    • Praying Matins
    • Praying Vespers
    • Tips for Singing Psalms
  • Polity & Governance
    • Intro to Roberts Rules of Order
    • Updating Constitutions & Bylaws
  • Theology, Bible, Ethics, and History
    • Sanctification in a Lutheran Key
    • The Rhetoric of First Corinthians
    • A Theological Argument for the Political Animal
    • German-speaking Lutherans in the Great War's America
    • Making End of Life Decisions
    • The History of the History of the Reformation
    • The Geo-Politics of the Reformation

A Seed Planted Mission Fund

Synod Assembly 1996 established “A Seed Planted” Mission Fund to stimulate innovative outreach by or from congregations. Awarded grants went for a range of activities from a coffee house Bible study to printed promotional material to efforts with unaffiliated populations. To download information on the fund and guidelines on application for a grant, click here.

Pastoral Compensation Guidelines

The guidelines for 2019 pastoral compensation are posted here.

You can also find the synod guidelines for sabbaticals and family leave by visiting the synod clergy page. The Synod Assembly has encouraged congregations to incorporate sabbatical and family leave into the compensation agreements for their clergy.

Mission Support

Commitment Form: If your congregation has not yet made its mission support pledge for calendar year 2019, please do so. Download the mission support documentation here---documentation includes the form to be completed and sent to the Synod Office. Please include your congregational ID number on the form.

Remittance/Contribution Form: When remitting mission support, please include a completed copy of this downloadable Mission Support Contribution Form with each remittance.

West Virginia-Western Maryland Synod, 412 Fairmont Avenue, Suite #3, Fairmont, WV 26554
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