A source for events and updates for our Synod and its affiliates
Legislation Changes from the 2016 Churchwide Assembly
Northwestern Pennsylvania Synodical Women’s Organization
How are your Mission Support Dollars used?
Click here to see breakdown and explanations.
The FBI and FEMA released information in 2014 called
"Guide for Developing HighQuality Emergency Operations Plans for Houses of Worship"
This guide provides houses of worship with information regarding emergency operations planning for the spectrum of threats and hazards they may face. It discusses actions that may be taken before, during, and after an incident in order to reduce the impact on property and any loss of life and it encourages every house of worship to develop an EOP.
Click here for Guide
APPROVED BY ASSEMBLY
2015 Compensation Guidelines-Rostered Leaders
Report of the Task Force on Campus Ministry
2016 Compensation Guidelines- Rostered Leaders
Worship Supply Fees
2017 Commpensation Guidelines- Rostered Leaders
2014 Synod Compilation Report
Mission Support Formula
2015 Synod Budget
2016 Standard Mileage Rates
2015 Synod Audit
Lutheran Advocacy Ministry in PA works with the NWPA Synod primarily in the form of the hunger team and the care for creation group. Click to learn more.
Housing Law Suit Update
On November 13, 2014 the U.S. Court Appeals, 7th Circuit, acted to preserve the housing allowance exclusion for clergy, following a year long-legal challenge from the Freedom From Religion Foundation. The court determined that the Foundation lacked standing to challenge the housing allowance exclusion and returned the case to the U.S District Court of Western Wisconsin with instruction to dismiss the lawsuit.
Portico and the ELCA joined with the Church Alliance, representing a cross-denominational coalition of church benefit plans, to file an "amicus" brief that urged the court to uphold the constitutionally of the housing allowance exclusion.
For more information
Building Trust and Protecting God's Children: Policies for Safety in the Church
The Northwestern Pennsylvania Synod, to further our strong mission to create a world which is fundamentally safe for our children, youth, and families and their faith formation, will make every reasonable effort to protect our children from abuse. We will do so through prayer, education, and the adoption and promotion of policies for safety in the Church.
Abuse and harassment are violations of the faith shared by this Church. Accordingly, the Northwestern Pennsylvania Synod will maintain official policies and procedures to promote prevention of any future instances of abuse, appropriate intervention into alleged incidences of abusive behavior, and care for all involved.
Development and adoption of policies will require time, study, discussion, and prayer. This process will take place in three phases. The first phase has been approved by the synod in assembly. The second phase has been approved by the synod council and will be voted on by the synod in assembly in June of 2005.
Please feel free to download the first 2 phases and some sample forms.
DOWNLOAD PA Child Abuse Clearance form
Link for online clearances form.
PA Child Abuse LINK.
State Police LINK
Changes in Pennsylvania Law Pertaining to Child Abuse With Passage of House Bill
No. 435 on October 22, 2014