Record Retention

The Office of the Secretary of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America recommends the following retention schedule for congregational records. Questions regarding record retention may be directed to the Office of the Secretary,

Archiving in Congregations
Attestation of Record and Financial Requirements
Congregation Records Retention Schedule
ELCA Congregation Record Retention Schedule (PDF)
Dispose Records Disbanding Congregations
Maintaining Parish Register (PDF)
Maintaining Parish Register (PowerPoint Presentation)
Microfilm Digital Preservation
Order for the Disposal of Deteriorating Bibles

-Recommendations for elected congregation secretaries

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Region 6 Archives is a great resource for record retention information and where many of your congregation's important records can be housed. Please contact Region 6 Archives with questions at or call (614) 235-4136 and check out their website for more information.