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Pastor Amy Current,
Dean for Vocation, along with your academic advisor, will walk with you on this candidacy journey from entrance through assignment toward first call.

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The ELCA Candidacy Process

Throughout candidacy you can expect:

Throughout candidacy you will experience:

How is God Calling You?

There are a whole variety of vocations to which God calls us and if we are called to a vocation of ministry there are multiple expressions of leadership. Check out: Become a Leader begin imagining how God is calling you to use your gifts.

ELCA Candidacy

"Candidacy is the name of a process. This process raises up, prepares, certifies and places public leaders in the ELCA. Public ministers include commissioned Associates in Ministry, consecrated Diaconal Ministers and Deaconesses, and ordained Pastors.

Candidacy is an offering! Because of God's love for the world, we notice the world around us and the needs of our neighbors. The world's needs call out our gifts in service to our neighbor - and then we figure out how we need to be equipped to live out that service. This is the vocation of all the baptized as we live out our callings in the world.

For some, the world's needs call them to consider professional service under call in the church. Candidates for public ministry make themselves available to discernment that considers both the call that wells up within them, as well as the call that is affirmed by others in the church, in a process of professional leadership development we call candidacy in the ELCA.

Candidacy is a partnered process. Candidates, their family and friends; congregations, along with campus and outdoor ministries that nurture and develop faith; synods and their candidacy committees; seminaries and their faculties and staff; and staff from the churchwide organization, all play important roles in the candidacy process."

The ELCA has four distinct rostered ministries:

If you are called to rostered ministry, the Candidacy journey unfolds in these steps:

Entrance (typically occurs prior to first year of seminary study

Endorsement (typically occurs in the year prior to internship)

Approval (occurs in the year prior to assignment)

Assignment (occurs post approval and when the candidate is ready to seek their first call in the ELCA)

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