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ordination

The Ordination of Pastor Nicholas Giannatasio, Fall 2016.

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.

The NC Synod Candidacy Committee

LTSS-graduates

NC Synod Southern Seminary graduates, Class of 2017.

The NC Synod Candidacy Committee

Candidacy in the ELCA refers to the process of steps—Entrance through Approval—during which an individual seeks to discern his or her call to the Ministry of Word and Sacrament or to the Ministry of Word and Service. The “call” is often a feeling that God is directing a person toward a church vocation. The first “call” was Jesus gathering the disciples from their occupations to follow him.

The Candidacy Committee of the NC Synod consists of more than a dozen individuals who give of their time and expertise to mentor candidates on their way to a vocation. (more…)

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