Assignment Process

Assignment completes candidacy for all people, including those ordained in another Lutheran church or Christian tradition, moving them toward first call and admittance to the appropriate roster in the ELCA. This page contains resources to help you complete the assignment process: a schedule of deadlines, forms to complete and a guide to the process.  

Welcome to the new ELCA website!

By now most of you have been informed of the new improvements coming to ELCA.org.  We are preparing to implement some technical improvements to eliminate the Formatta forms we use in the Assignment Process.  Our Information Technology (IT) staff has been working to make the transition from Formatta to Adobe/web-based forms a simpler experience.  These improvements were expected to be completed by December 9.  However, to ensure a successful migration, which includes the conversion of the current Formatta data to the new technology, IT is requesting more time to validate and add quality assurance to their work before asking the synod to test these forms as well.  Rather than risking a go-live date that would run into the Christmas season, we will be moving the date into the first part of 2014.  You should continue to use the Formatta forms until further notice. 

We will let you know at the beginning of the year of the revised go-live date.  We thank you for your patience through this process and appreciate your work on behalf of the Gospel.

Instructions on downloading Formatta Filler Forms: Mac Users | PC Users

In this tab, you’ll find a schedule that should be followed in order to submit Assignment paperwork on time.

2013-2014 Deadline Schedule

2013-2014 Deadline Schedule

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This tab includes all forms necessary for the Assignment Process.

Assignment Checklist

Assignment Checklist

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Assignment Process Preparation Sheet

Assignment Process Preparation Sheet

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Candidate Assignment Paperwork Form


Candidate Assignment Paperwork Form

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Rostered Leader Profile RLP

The Rostered Leader Profile (RLP) is for use by everyone on the ordained and lay rosters of the ELCA, as well as those who are candidates for these rosters.

Rostered Leader Profile RLP

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In this tab, you’ll find a comprehensive guide to the Assignment process and protocol within the ELCA.

Assignment Process Guide

Assignment Process Guide

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Churchwide Staff

Churchwide Staff

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Seminary Staff

Seminary Staff

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The ELCA Call Process is a prayerful way in which the ELCA 65 synods engage their congregations, church-related organizations and rostered leaders


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