Candidacy 2017-11-16T10:14:36+00:00

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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.

A story of internship

Carole Demmy and Analyse Triolo during the internship site visit.

Candidacy Committee member Carole Demmy and Analyse Triolo during the internship site visit.

Most professions have some form of in-the-workplace training. For ELCA candidates of Word and Sacrament Ministry and Word and Service Ministry, an internship is a required part of the educational process.

Prior to the internship year, candidates complete two academic years of seminary study and Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE). The internship consists of approximately 2000 hours at an approved site. The synod and seminary arrange the internship which includes an internship supervisor and ministry site internship committee as integral parts of the process. (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