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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.

Please be aware that at the present time, the NC Synod Candidacy Committee does not consider Luther Seminary’s MDivX program an appropriate degree program for candidate formation. 

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Candidacy approvals and a farewell

Candidacy approvals and a farewell

In November 2019 the NC Synod’s Candidacy Committee gathered at Lutheridge to meet with new candidates for entrance and to approve candidates for call, assignment, and ordination. At this Fall retreat, one person was approved for entrance into candidacy—welcome Spence Robertson! Additionally, three persons were approved for placement into the call process. Approved for Ordination to Word and Sacrament Ministry were Leandra Anderson, Dr. Shanitria Cuthbertson, and Emily Norris. Congratulations on this wonderful accomplishment! (more…)

The Rev. Sara Ilderton
bishop’s staff for candidacy

Dr. Sylvia Black
chair, NC Synod Candidacy Committee

Ms. Carissa Abraham
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?

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