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 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.

**We are experiencing significant backlog in getting the psychological evaluations scheduled — the sooner you apply, the better.**



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 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


February 26, 2022
May 12-14, 2022
August 19-20, 2022
November 10-12, 2022



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, Chicago, IL 60614

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


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