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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.

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Candidacy committee celebrates!

NC Synod Candidacy Committee

Candidacy committee celebrates!

The NC Synod Candidacy Committee rejoices in the 2018 graduation of five seminarians from Lenoir-Rhyne’s Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in Columbia, S.C. This year’s graduates with whom the NC Candidacy Committee has worked are: Cassie McIntosh Overcash, Ethan Overcash, Shea Berbaum, Molly Markley, and Brian Wachendorf. Congratulations!

—by Carole Demmy (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