Candidacy in the ELCA is the church-wide process of preparation and formation leading to approval for public ministries: pastor and deacon.

These principles guide the process, which is grounded in a culture of hospitality and nurturing:

  • All partners are accountable to one another for the integrity of the process.
  • The church determines who is appropriate for rostered ministry.
  • Those providing leadership during the process are equipped and trained.
  • Evaluation of candidates is fair and thorough.

For more information, contact: Rev. Robin Simpson Litton