Candidacy

NEW Candidacy Process

As a new candidate, you must create an ELCA Community account before you are able to submit an online candidacy application. Click here for helpful videos.

  1. Do you have an ELCA Community account?

IMPORTANT:  If you are planning on entering candidacy but are already an ELCA Roster Leader or have an existing Community account, a new account should not be created.  If you do not remember your user name, you should contact Constituent Support.  If you forgot your password, you can use the password reset feature found on the login screen. If you do not follow through on this, the application may have to be completed a second time.


  1. If you answered NO, you should create a new account by clicking on the new user registration link below.
  2. If you answered Yes.  You should use those credentials to log into the account. 
  3. After the account is created you can access the Leader Portal to complete a candidacy application.

IMPORTANT:  Some of the PDF documents listed below use features that are not supported by some browsers such as Google Chrome, Safari, or Firefox.

It is highly recommended that you save a copy of the PDF to your computer or tablet first, and then open it with Adobe Reader.

Below are a list of resources you can download or purchase. For more information about a specific resource, just hover over the icon.

Frequently Asked Questions Candidacy

Frequently Asked Questions Candidacy

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Affiliation Checklist for ELCA Candidates Attending Non ELCA Seminaries

For ELCA Candidates attending non-ELCA Seminaries

Affiliation Checklist for ELCA Candidates Attending Non ELCA Seminaries

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Associate in Ministry Candidacy Process Checklist

Associate in Ministry Candidacy Process Checklist

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Called By God

Called By God

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Candidacy Manual 2012

Candidacy Manual 2012

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Candidacy Process in the ELCA

Candidacy Process in the ELCA

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Processo de Candidatura en la IELA

Processo de Candidatura en la IELA

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Deaconess Community Candidacy Checklist

Deaconess Community Candidacy Checklist

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Diaconal Minister Candidacy Process Checklist

Diaconal Minister Candidacy Process Checklist

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From Word and Sacrament

From Word and Sacrament

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Ordained Minister Candidacy Checklist

Ordained Minister Candidacy Checklist

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Reinstatement Checklist

Reinstatement Checklist

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What Shall I Say

What Shall I Say

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Candidacy in the ELCA is a churchwide process. Entrance into candidacy occurs through a synod candidacy committee which provides guidance and makes decisions on behalf of the ELCA. Any person seeking to become a candidate for rostered ministry in the ELCA should contact a synod office for application information.

Forms are to be filled out and submitted only after contact with the synod. Below is a dropdown synod contact list for you to connect with a Synod Staff.



Application for Reinstatement to the Roster

Application for Reinstatement to the Roster

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Diaconal Minister Spiritual Direction Report Form

Diaconal Minister Spiritual Direction Report Form

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Application to the Roster of Ordained Ministers from Another Christian Tradition

Application to the Roster of Ordained Ministers from Another Christian Tradition

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Below are a list of resources you can download or purchase. For more information about a specific resource, just hover over the icon.

Approval Essay

Approval Essay

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Endorsement Essay

Endorsement Essay

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Below you will find forms pertaining to congregations there is no need for a community account, password or other login.

Congregational Application for an Intern

Congregational Application for an Intern

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Congregational Registration for a Candidacy Applicant

Congregational Registration for a Candidacy Applicant

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Congregational Support for Candidates at a Seminary

Congregational Support for Candidates at a Seminary

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Below you will find forms pertaining to internship there is no need for a community account, password or other login.

Intern Supervisors Final Evaluation

Intern Supervisors Final Evaluation

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Intern Supervisors Mid Year Evaluation

Intern Supervisors Mid Year Evaluation

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Intern Supervisors Nine Month Report

Intern Supervisors Nine Month Report

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Intern Supervisors Three Month Report

Intern Supervisors Three Month Report

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Interns Final Evaluation

Interns Final Evaluation

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Interns Mid Year Evaluation

Interns Mid Year Evaluation

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Interns Nine Month Report

Interns Nine Month Report

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Interns Three Month Report

Interns Three Month Report

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Internship Committees Final Evaluation

Internship Committees Final Evaluation

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Internship Committees Mid Year Evaluation

Internship Committees Mid Year Evaluation

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Report of Internship Report of Faculty Form D

Report of Internship Report of Faculty Form D

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Synods must use the “synod group log-in” to access community to submit decision forms.

Sample Entrance Decision

Sample Entrance Decision

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Sample Endorsement Decision for Candidacy

Sample Endorsement Decision for Candidacy

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Sample Approval Decision for Candidacy Form E


Sample Approval Decision for Candidacy Form E

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Application for Registration as a Psychological Consultant

Application for Registration as a Psychological Consultant

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Approval Information for Candidacy


Approval Information for Candidacy

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Associate in Ministry Information and Planning Guide

Associate in Ministry Information and Planning Guide

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Associate in Ministry Field Experience Mid Point and Final Evaluation

Associate in Ministry Field Experience Mid Point and Final Evaluation

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Entrance Information Form

Entrance Information Form

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Associate in Ministry Supervised Field EXperience Agreement

Associate in Ministry Supervised Field Experience Agreement

Associate in Ministry Supervised Field EXperience Agreement

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Recommendation form Endorsement Panel Interview

Recommendation form Endorsement Panel Interview

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TEEM Competencies Assessment Panel Report Form

TEEM Competencies Assessment Panel Report Form

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Theological Review Panel Report Form

Theological Review Panel Report Form

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Initial Review Report Synodical Multi Synodical Candidacy Committee

Initial Review Report Synodical Multi Synodical Candidacy Committee

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Psychological Evaluation Report Summary

Psychological Evaluation Report Summary

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Synod Financial Support for Seminary Students

Synod Financial Support for Seminary Students

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Below are the Vision and Expectations for the ordained and rostered lay ministers. You may download each of the following for your study and review as you prepare to enter the call process.
 
  • Ordained Ministers
  • Rostered Lay Ministers