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Candidacy in the ELCA is the churchwide process of preparation and formation leading to ordained ministry for pastors, or rostered lay ministry for deacons. It involves a partnership of the candidate, congregation, synod, synod candidacy committee, seminary, and the Congregational and Synodical Mission Unit of the ELCA.

If you are considering a call to the Ministry of Word and Sacrament (pastors) or the Ministry of Word and Service (deacons), we are eager to speak with you and help you get started.

Learn more about ELCA Candidacy.

Candidacy approval process

In November 2018, the Candidacy Committee of the NC Synod of the ELCA gathered at Lutheridge to meet with synod candidates. Three persons were approved for placement into the call process. Approved for Ordination to Word and Sacrament Ministry were Tara Fleck and John Spencer. Approved for Consecration to Word and Service Ministry was Nicole Garcia. (more…)

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The Rev. Sara Ilderton
bishop’s staff for candidacy

Dr. Sylvia Black
chair, NC Synod Candidacy Committee

Ms. Lauren Thurow
candidacy administrator

A Call to Prayer

At its March 2017 meeting, the ELCA Conference of Bishops claimed identifying, inviting, equipping, and supporting leaders and cultivating vital faith communities as two of the highest priorities for our work together. Active attention to these two priorities is essential for the church’s faithful participation in God’s mission of hope, healing, and reconciliation in changing, challenging times.

Will you join us in prayer every time your worshiping community gets together, and in your own personal and family prayers, asking the Lord of the harvest to raise up and send out laborers into the harvest?

Prayers to encourage the call to ministry