In March 2022 the Candidacy Leadership Development Working Group (CLDWG) convened. This group gathers diverse leaders from across the ELCA. Team members were selected to represent the great variety of stakeholders in the formation of rostered ministers. A richly diverse group was selected: with only 12 people, this team comprises ministers of both rosters, seminary leaders, bishops, Church Council members, non-rostered members, and candidacy experts, and represents a variety of demographic variations.
At the initial meeting, the team discerned its purpose, values, and vision. We also identified initial projects to evaluate the candidacy process and experience from all stakeholders. The timeline below documents key actions taken by the team.
All stakeholders in the ELCA’s candidacy process are invited to online hearings to receive the initial report of the team sharing the results of the initial listening session to describe what rostered ministers need to do, know, and be. An executive summary of the listening sessions can be found here.
Hearings will be held:
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Recognizing that candidacy is a process of accompaniment and ongoing discernment that forms and prepares rostered ministers for public leadership, the candidacy leadership development working group will adapt the candidacy process of the ELCA to serve the needs of the current and future church.
To guide our work and the future of the candidacy process, we have discerned these values:
Our vision is to recommend a process for candidacy that forms and supports rostered leaders for the current and future church.
Team members were selected to create the diversity (of age, roster status, institutional representation, geographic representation, formation process, ethnicity and gender identity) we intend to build into the candidacy process.
|Bishop Susan Candea, chair||Conference of Bishops (CoB), CoB Leadership Committee, Central States Synod||Mo.|
|Rev. Dr. Phil Hirsch||Churchwide Organization (CWO) Staff: Executive for Christian Community and Leadership (CCL)||Ill.|
|Rev. Sara Cutter||CWO Staff: Senior Director Operational Effectiveness for CCL||N.C.|
|Deacon Krista Anderson||CWO Staff: Candidacy Leadership Manager, Region 3; Minister of Word and Service||Minn.|
|Rev. Cherlyne Beck||CWO Staff: Director, Candidacy Leadership Managers, and Region 6 Manager||Ill.|
|Rev. Irma Banales||DEM, Northern Texas-Northern Louisiana Synod||Texas|
|Bishop Christopher deForest||Bishop, Northeastern Pennsylvania Synod, Church Council||Pa.|
|Rev Dr. Terri Elton||Professor of Leadership at Luther Seminary, Seminary Representative||Minn.|
|Rev. Dr. Guy Erwin||President, United Lutheran Seminary, Seminary Representative||Pa.|
|Rev. Tim Feiertag||Pastor, Trinity Lutheran in Everett, Wash.||Wash.|
|Mr. David Lenz||Church Council Member||Ohio|
|Rev. Jacqui Pagel||Assistant to the Bishop for Candidacy, Grand Canyon Synod||Ariz.|