Forms & Applications
Candidacy in the ELCA is the churchwide process of preparation and formation leading to the ordained ministry of Word and Sacrament, the consecrated ministry of diaconal minister or deaconess, or the commissioned ministry of associate in ministry. Candidacy involves a significant partnership that engages the candidate, congregation, synod, seminary and the Vocation and Education unit of the ELCA in guidance, evaluation, theological education and practical preparation. Interested individuals are encouraged to begin the process at least one year prior to planned study. Learn more about candidacy
ELCA Educational Grant Program (doctoral candidates only)
Members of ELCA congregations who are enrolled in a doctoral program for advanced theological study may apply directly to the ELCA for financial aid through the ELCA’s Educational Grant Program.
Annual Graduation Report (for seminaries only — requires login password)