Candidacy



If you are a candidate looking for the application forms, select the Candidates tab above for more information.

Candidacy Manual 2017

Candidacy Manual 2017

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Candidacy Manual OLD

Candidacy Manual OLD

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Summary of Candidacy

Summary of Candidacy

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Candidate Plan

Candidate Plan

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Frequently Asked Questions Candidacy

Frequently Asked Questions Candidacy

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MWSAC AND MWSERV Candidacy Process Checklist

MWSAC AND MWSERV Candidacy Process Checklist

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Reinstatement Checklist

Reinstatement Checklist

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Resourceful Servants Financial Counseling Booklet - Exploring the Call

Resourceful Servants Financial Counseling Booklet - Exploring the Call

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Resourceful Servants Financial Counseling Booklet - Candidacy Partners

Resourceful Servants Financial Counseling Booklet - Candidacy Partners

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Vision and Expectations for Ordained Ministers

Vision and Expectations for Ordained Ministers

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Vision and Expectations for Ministers of Word and Service

Vision and Expectations for Ministers of Word and Service

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Wholeness Wheel Competencies

Wholeness Wheel Competencies

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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.

Candidacy Contacts

Synod Staff Contact List for 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?

  2. After the account is created you can access the Leader Portal to complete a candidacy application.

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Pre-Endorsement Checklist for Candidates at Non-ELCA Seminaries (Appendix E)

Pre-Endorsement Checklist for Candidates at Non-ELCA Seminaries (Appendix E)

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Financial Counseling Flowchart

Financial Counseling Flowchart

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Personal Health Assessment

Personal Health Assessment

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Personal Financial Worksheet

Personal Financial Worksheet

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SAMPLE Candidacy Application

This is for sample purposes only. Please see https://www.elca.org/candidacy for more details.

SAMPLE Candidacy Application

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Application for Reinstatement to the Roster

Application for Reinstatement to the Roster

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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 May 2018

Approval Essay

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Endorsement Essay

Endorsement Essay June 2017

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. All forms unless otherwise specified on the form, must be sent directly to seminary.

Word and Sacrament Internship - Three Month Evaluation - INTERN

Word and Sacrament Internship - Three Month Evaluation - INTERN

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Word and Sacrament Internship - Mid-Year Evaluation - INTERN

Word and Sacrament Internship - Mid-Year Evaluation - INTERN

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Word and Sacrament Internship - Nine Month Evaluation - INTERN

Word and Sacrament Internship - Nine Month Evaluation - INTERN

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Word and Sacrament Internship - Final Evaluation - INTERN

Word and Sacrament Internship - Final Evaluation - INTERN

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Word and Sacrament Internship - Three Month Evaluation - SUPERVISOR

Word and Sacrament Internship - Three Month Evaluation - SUPERVISOR

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Word and Sacrament Internship - Mid-Year Evaluation - SUPERVISOR

Word and Sacrament Internship - Mid-Year Evaluation - SUPERVISOR

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Word and Sacrament Internship - Nine Month Evaluation - SUPERVISOR

Word and Sacrament Internship - Nine Month Evaluation - SUPERVISOR

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Word and Sacrament Internship - Final Evaluation - SUPERVISOR

Word and Sacrament Internship - Final Evaluation - SUPERVISOR

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Word and Sacrament Internship - Mid-Year Evaluation - COMMITTEE

Word and Sacrament Internship - Mid-Year Evaluation - COMMITTEE

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Word and Sacrament Internship - Final Evaluation - COMMITTEE

Word and Sacrament Internship - Final Evaluation - COMMITTEE

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Report of Internship/Report of Faculty (Form D)

Report of Internship/Report of Faculty (Form D)

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Word and Service Internship - Site Application

Word and Service Internship - Site Application

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Word and Service Internship - Learning Covenant

Word and Service Internship - Learning Covenant

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Word and Service Internship - Check-In - INTERN

Word and Service Internship - Check-In - INTERN

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Word and Service Internship - Midterm Evaluation - INTERN

Word and Service Internship - Midterm Evaluation - INTERN

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Word and Service Internship - Final Evaluation - INTERN

Word and Service Internship - Final Evaluation - INTERN

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Word and Service Internship - Check-In - SUPERVISOR

Word and Service Internship - Check-In - SUPERVISOR

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Word and Service Internship - Midterm Evaluation - SUPERVISOR

Word and Service Internship - Midterm Evaluation - SUPERVISOR

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Word and Service Internship - Final Evaluation - SUPERVISOR

Word and Service Internship - Final Evaluation - SUPERVISOR

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Word and Service Internship - Check-In - COMMITTEE

Word and Service Internship - Check-In - COMMITTEE

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Word and Service Internship - Midterm Evaluation - COMMITTEE

Word and Service Internship - Midterm Evaluation - COMMITTEE

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Word and Service Internship - Final Evaluation - COMMITTEE

Word and Service Internship - Final Evaluation - COMMITTEE

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The synod staff person assigned candidacy synod role as designated by your synod will now be able to use their own personal login to access candidacy decision forms. If you need this access and have not received it please contact 773-380-2870 for information regarding who at the synod office can grant you this access.

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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Entrance Information Form

Entrance Information Form

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Candidate FERPA

Consent to Release Student Information Under Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

Candidate FERPA

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Competencies Assessment Panel Report for Word and Service Candidates

Competencies Assessment Panel Report for Word and Service Candidates

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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 (TRP)

Theological Review Panel Report (TRP)

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Initial Interview Report Synodical /Multi-Synodical Candidacy Committee (Appendix C)

Initial Interview Report Synodical /Multi-Synodical Candidacy Committee (Appendix C)

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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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