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First Call Theological Education

Beloved, we are God’s children now; what we will be has not yet been revealed.

– John 3:2

Guiding Our Pastors Through Their Critical First Call

First Call Theological Education (FCTE) is a three-year structured program of theological education designed to assist newly called leaders in the transition to rostered ministry. One of the most dramatic transitions in the life of a newly rostered person is the transition from seminary or non-rostered status to the first call to public ministry. The ELCA has prescribed standards and expectations for continuing theological education during the first three years of rostered service under call.

To find out more about this ministry of the Metropolitan Chicago Synod, please e-mail 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.

THE METROPOLITAN CHICAGO SYNOD IS A RECONCILING IN CHRIST SYNOD

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