BEcoming a Leader


"There are a variety of vocational choices in the ELCA. We have pastors, but we also have accountants, chaplains, youth workers, musicians, evangelists, nurses, diaconal ministers and deaconesses, office managers, counselors, caregivers and associates in ministry. We are a church that believes God is calling us into the world — together. The ELCA has many needs to fill as we carry out our mission to share God’s boundless love with the world." 

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The question to the child What do you want to be when you grow up? becomes Who and what is God calling you to be and to do on behalf of the neighbor?  Maybe this process begins with the still, small voice from within.  Maybe it begins with a comment from an observant adult.  Maybe it begins in the middle of a successful career that just isn't satisfying, or in a classroom, or on a street corner.  However the process begins, it is rooted in our baptismal identity and it bears fruit best in relationship - in prayer with God and conversation with trusted friends, colleagues, and mentors, we can discover what God has in mind for us.

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Candidacy Process

"Your candidacy journey begins when you contact your synod office At the synod office, you will be directed to the person/s who can talk to you about your discernment journey and the candidacy process, what forms are necessary and how to complete them.

A list of all of the required candidate forms is available in the candidacy resource page."

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Contact Randy Olson, Assistant to the Bishop for candidacy:     715-859-6810   



The ELCA has a rich diversity in theological education through their eight seminaries and two extension centers.  Each seminary offers a variety of programs and candidates are encouraged to visit and discern which seminary would be best for them.  

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