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.
Learn more about ELCA Candidacy.