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Financial Oversight of Our Synod

Responsibility for oversight of our synod’s finances is governed by the constitution and by-laws of our synod. The treasurer and the Financial Management Committee are each charged with specific responsibilities.

The treasurer, elected by the Synod Assembly, is accountable for:

  • management of synod monies and accounts
  • investment of funds
  • receipt and acknowledgement of all contributions and gifts
  • quarterly reports to congregations detailing mission support and other contributions to our synod and ELCA
  • annual reports to the Synod Assembly on the state of synod finances.

Financial Management Committee
This committee:

  • provides for responsible management of all financial assets of our synod
  • prepares an annual budget reflecting anticipated receipts and expenditures and strengthens the financial position of our synod

Committee members include the treasurer and five to eight persons appointed according to synod bylaws. The chairperson is appointed by the bishop. The bishop and vice president of the Synod Council serve as advisory members. Kathleen Schmidt, Assistant to the Bishop for Finance and Administration, also attends, on behalf of the bishop and synod staff.

Members of the committee:

Ms. Suzanne Hoglund
Mr. Marc Karis
Mr. Jeff McDonagh
Mr. Jeffry Petersen
Mr. Edward Wagner, chair


Approved Policies & Procedures

Investment Policy Statement
Gift Acceptance Policy
Loan Policy to Congregations and Institutions
Loan Policy to Individuals

Financial Reports

Forms for Congregations


Funds of the Metropolitan New York Synod
A report on all permanently and temporarily restricted funds and unrestricted board designated funds. The report is updated annually and includes a brief description of each fund.


Mission Support Summary by Conference


Semi-Annual Partnership Report
A report by congregation, showing the date the last parochial report was submitted; membership, worship and member giving statistics; current year mission support commitment and actual mission support received by our synod. 


Audited Financial Statements









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