Candidacy is the thorough and thoughtful process of discernment and preparation that leads individuals to approval for the public ministries of this church and participation as called leaders in the work God is doing in communities throughout the world. These public ministries include word and sacrament ministers (pastors) and word and service ministers (formerly known as associates in ministry, deaconesses, and diaconal ministers).
There are many ways to serve in God's church!
There are a variety of vocational choices in the ELCA. We have pastors, but we also have accountants, chaplains, youth workers, musicians, evangelists, nurses, office managers, counselors, community organizers, and caregivers We are a church that believes God is calling us into the world — together. The ELCA has many needs to fill as we carry out our mission to share God's boundless love with the world.