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 Kansas District Fiscal Year

The District will close its 2015 fiscal year on Thursday, Jan. 15, 2016. Any receipt received after that date will be credited to the fiscal year 2016 for your congregation. In order to meet the standards for a not-for-profit corporation audit, we cannot credit any 2015 mission gift received after the close of our fiscal year, so please work to meet this deadline. If you are sending any 2016 gift prior to January 15, please indicate that the gift is for 2016 so that we may credit it correctly for your congregation.

 Remittance Vouchers and Year-To-Date Statements

Every check from your congregation that is payable to the Kansas District LCMS should be accompanied by a completed remittance voucher to ensure the money is credited properly. You may write one check for all categories (Mission Commitment, Ash Wednesday, Lutheran Witness, Convention Assessment, Conferences, etc.) as long as the voucher is marked accordingly. Remittance vouchers are available on our website under the Publications tab or call Shannon Oldham at 800-357-4421 ext. 202.  

Year-to-date statements are sent to congregations quarterly. Please carefully check your congregation’s statement sent and call Shannon if any changes need to be made.

 Mission Commitment to Support District & Synod

Each fall, all congregations are given the opportunity to pledge mission support to Synod and the Kansas District for the upcoming year. Of every dollar received by the District, at least 28% is sent to Synod as unrestricted support. Mission Pledge Forms are mailed to all congregations in September. This information is beneficial to the District Board of Directors as they finalize the Ministry Plan and Budget for the upcoming fiscal year. You can send in your pledge form any of the following ways:

  • Mail your form to Kansas District LCMS, 1000 SW 10th Ave, Topeka, KS 66604
  • Fax your form to 785-357-5071
  • Email your form to shannon@kslcms.org
  • Call Lori at 800-357-4421 ext. 202

 Salary Guidelines

The 2015 Kansas District Salary Guidelines are now available. To download the 2016 Salary Guidelines, click the link below. If you are unable to download and view the salary guidelines online, contact Shannon Oldham at 785-357-4441 ext. 202 or shannon@kslcms.org.  

 Housing Allowance

Housing allowance for Pastors and Commissioned Ministers should be approved by December 31st in order to obtain the full annual benefit of housing allowance exclusion for the coming year. The designation should be adopted during a regular or special meeting of the church board and should be contained in the minutes of the meeting. A worksheet for calculating the housing allowance is included in the Congregational Treasurer’s Manual.

 2017 Workers Mileage Rate

IRS has decreased the standard business mileage rate for 2017 to 53.5¢ per mile (from 54¢ in effect since 1/1/16).  The standard medical and moving mileage rate has likewise decreased to 17¢ per mile (from 19¢).  These new rates apply to mileage reimbursements paid to an employee on or after January 1, 2017 with respect to transportation expenses paid or incurred by the employee on or after January 1, 2017. 

The rate used for charitable deduction purposes, set by statute rather than IRS, remains at 14¢ per mile.

 Lutheran Witness

Subscription renewal packets are typically sent in late July or early August to each congregation. Renewals, cancellations, additions and address changes are due back in the District Office by August 31. Billing statements are sent in October and payment is due by December 31.