If you are a candidate looking for the application forms, select the Candidates tab above for more information.
Candidate Accompaniment Plan
Candidate Accompaniment Plan (NEW)
Frequently Asked Questions Candidacy
Frequently Asked Questions CandidacyDownload
Affiliation Checklist for ELCA Candidates Attending Non ELCA Seminaries
For ELCA Candidates attending non-ELCA Seminaries
Affiliation Checklist for ELCA Candidates Attending Non ELCA SeminariesDownload
Associate in Ministry Candidacy Process Checklist
Associate in Ministry Candidacy Process ChecklistDownload
Candidacy Process in the ELCA
Processo de Candidatura en la IELA
Processo de Candidatura en la IELADownload
Deaconess Community Candidacy Checklist
Deaconess Community Candidacy ChecklistDownload
Diaconal Minister Candidacy Process Checklist
Diaconal Minister Candidacy Process ChecklistDownload
Ordained Minister Candidacy Checklist
Ordained Minister Candidacy ChecklistDownload
Wholeness Wheel Competencies
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.
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.
- Do you have an ELCA Community account?
IMPORTANT: If you are planning on entering candidacy but are already an ELCA Roster Leader or have an existing Community account, a new account should not be created. If you do not remember your user name, you should contact Constituent Support. If you forgot your password, you can use the password reset feature found on the login screen. If you do not follow through on this, the application may have to be completed a second time.
- If you answered NO, you should create a new account by clicking on the new user registration link below.
- If you answered Yes. You should use those credentials to log into the account.
- After the account is created you can access the Leader Portal to complete a candidacy application.
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It is highly recommended that you save a copy of the PDF to your computer or tablet first, and then open it with Adobe Reader.
Financial Counseling Flowchart
Personal Health Assessment
SAMPLE Candidacy Application
This is for sample purposes only. Please see http://www.elca.org/candidacy for more details.
Application for Reinstatement to the RosterNEW
Application for Reinstatement to the RosterDownload
Diaconal Minister Spiritual Direction Report Form
Diaconal Minister Spiritual Direction Report FormDownload
Application to the Roster of Ordained Ministers from Another Christian Tradition
Application to the Roster of Ordained Ministers from Another Christian TraditionDownload
Below are a list of resources you can download or purchase. For more information about a specific resource, just hover over the icon.
A new essay is posted every May.
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 InternDownload
Congregational Registration for a Candidacy Applicant
Congregational Registration for a Candidacy ApplicantDownload
Congregational Support for Candidates at a Seminary
Congregational Support for Candidates at a SeminaryDownload
Below you will find forms pertaining to internship there is no need for a community account, password or other login.
Interns Three Month Evaluation
Interns Mid Year Evaluation
Interns Nine Month Evaluation
Intern Supervisors Three Month Evaluation
Intern Supervisors Three Month EvaluationDownload
Intern Supervisors Mid Year Evaluation
Intern Supervisors Mid Year EvaluationDownload
Intern Supervisors Nine Month Evaluation
Intern Supervisors Nine Month EvaluationDownload
Intern Supervisors Final Evaluation
Intern Supervisors Final EvaluationDownload
Internship Committees Mid Year Evaluation
Internship Committees Mid Year EvaluationDownload
Internship Committees Final Evaluation
Internship Committees Final EvaluationDownload
Report of Internship Report of Faculty (Form D)
Report of Internship Report of Faculty (Form D)Download
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 Endorsement Decision for Candidacy
Sample Endorsement Decision for CandidacyDownload
Sample Approval Decision for Candidacy Form E
Sample Approval Decision for Candidacy Form EDownload
Application for Registration as a Psychological Consultant
Application for Registration as a Psychological ConsultantDownload
Approval Information for CandidacyNEW!
Approval Information for CandidacyDownload
Associate in Ministry Information and Planning Guide
Associate in Ministry Information and Planning GuideDownload
Associate in Ministry Field Experience Mid Point and Final Evaluation
Associate in Ministry Field Experience Mid Point and Final EvaluationDownload
Entrance Information Form
Associate in Ministry Supervised Field EXperience Agreement
Associate in Ministry Supervised Field Experience Agreement
Associate in Ministry Supervised Field EXperience AgreementDownload
Recommendation form Endorsement Panel Interview
Recommendation form Endorsement Panel InterviewDownload
TEEM Competencies Assessment Panel Report Form
TEEM Competencies Assessment Panel Report FormDownload
Theological Review Panel Report Form
Theological Review Panel Report FormDownload
Initial Review Report Synodical Multi Synodical Candidacy Committee
Initial Review Report Synodical Multi Synodical Candidacy CommitteeDownload
Psychological Evaluation Report Summary
Psychological Evaluation Report SummaryDownload
Synod Financial Support for Seminary Students
Synod Financial Support for Seminary StudentsDownload