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Candidacy

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love God, who have been called according to God’s purpose.

– Romans 8:28

Consider Rostered Leadership within the Church

If you have considered a vocation within the church, there is no better time to explore the possibilities than right now. Whether you are preparing for college, graduating, or considering a career change, information, resources, and people are available to help you with this important decision. For more information, call 773-248-0021 or email Pastor Severson at

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Candidacy Timeline

ENTRANCE

Entrance begins a journey of discernment to explore an individual’s potential for rostered ministry and readiness to start the process of theological study and candidacy in the ELCA.

Note: The entrance process ideally takes place prior to starting seminary coursework. Only one semester or approximately three-four seminary classes can be taken prior to a positive Entrance decision.

Completing coursework prior to a positive Entrance can significantly increase the time needed in the candidacy process required to meet formation competencies. Also, some scholarship funding requires a positive Entrance decision and good standing in candidacy for application.

 

ENDORSEMENT

Endorsement encourages and affirms those who clearly demonstrate gifts and qualities for a specific form of ministry in the ELCA, as well as identifies areas for growth and development.

 

APPROVAL

Approval is a time in the journey when the candidate articulates the call to ministry and demonstrates readiness to assume a leadership role as a rostered minister in the ELCA.

 

Upcoming Meetings and Deadlines

February 27, 2021

Those considering entrance should complete the ELCA application by Nov 1st to begin the process of congregational registration, background check, psychological evaluation, etc. **We are experiencing significant backlog in getting the psychological evaluations scheduled — the above deadlines do not guarantee consideration at the respective meetings if psychological assessment is not received. The sooner you apply, the better.**

Endorsement and Approval Paperwork is due by January 1, 2020.

Endorsements will scheduled for January.

 

May 14-15, 2021

Those considering entrance should complete the ELCA application by Jan 1st to begin the process of congregational registration, background check, psychological evaluation, etc. **We are experiencing significant backlog in getting the psychological evaluations scheduled — the above deadlines do not guarantee consideration at the respective meetings if psychological assessment is not received. The sooner you apply, the better.**

Endorsement and Approval Paperwork is due by Feb 1st, 2020.*Exception is given for final year internship evaluations.

Endorsements will scheduled for April.

 

Nov 12-13, 2021

Those considering entrance should complete the ELCA application by July 1st to begin the process of congregational registration, background check, psychological evaluation, etc. **We are experiencing significant backlog in getting the psychological evaluations scheduled — the above deadlines do not guarantee consideration at the respective meetings if psychological assessment is not received. The sooner you apply, the better.**

Endorsement and Approval Paperwork is due by Sept 1st, 2020.*Exception is given for final year internship evaluations.

Endorsements will scheduled fo October.

 

If you have questions about the process and deadlines for submission of materials please email Pastor Severson at

Metropolitan Chicago Synod Office

Ph: 773-248-0021

Address: 1420 W. Dickens Avenue

In Jesus’ name: we proclaim the gospel, make disciples, do justice.

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