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. Through prayerful discernment at the assignment consultation, candidates are assigned to a specific region and later a synod where they will seek their first call.

Confidence in the surprises and faithfulness of God can provide sustenance and comfort for this assignment process, addressing the natural human anxieties that come with any venture into the unknown. This is truly a faith venture that includes the candidate and this whole church. We continue to keep you in prayer.

A list of all of the required candidate forms is available in the Assignment resource page [link here].

About assignment forms

A simple list of forms is posted on the Assignment resource page.

Assignment forms are to be submitted electronically only (The Candidate Paperwork Form should be sent by email and the Rostered Leader Profile should be submitted electronically to the Mobility Database System as per the instructions on the form itself). In order to be included in an assignment process, the Candidate Paperwork Form (A, B and R, commentary) must be emailed to our office. Please note that simply submitting your Rostered Leader Profile to the Mobility Database System will not get you on the list for Assignment.

Welcome to the new ELCA website!

By now most of you have been informed of the new improvements coming to  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.

For more information

Contact the program director for assignment at 800-638-3522, ext. 2471 or send an email.