Called to Lead – Become a Leader in the ELCA

Called to Lead – Become a Leader in the ELCA


Called to Lead: a Galactic-themed Journey of Discovery

Called to Lead

The new "Called to Lead" guide gives youth and young adults an opportunity to explore their baptism, spiritual gifts and call to lead, using a galactic theme.

The "Called to Lead" spiritual gifts interactive activity was first offered at the 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering in Houston, Texas. Now "Called to Lead" has been adapted into a set of downloadable resources that can be used in person or online. The materials include a five-part Bible study guide as well as instructions and supplies for leading the spiritual gifts interactive activity in a variety of contexts.

For young people who love science fiction and pop culture but struggle to talk about God and the Bible, the new, interactive "Called to Lead" guide offers young people a starting place for discussion of their inner selves, their vocation and their call to lead.

The authors are Rev. Brad Peterson and Rev. Mara Ahles-Iverson.

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There are a variety of vocational choices in the ELCA. We have pastors, but we also have accountants, chaplains, youth workers, musicians, evangelists, nurses, office managers, counselors, and caregivers. We are a church that believes God is calling us into the world — together. The ELCA has many needs to fill as we carry out our mission to share God’s boundless love with the world.

So how do you know if you should become a leader in the ELCA?

Do you have a sense of wonder?

We need aware, caring, courageous people leading the church in the 21st century. We need passionate, joy-filled and adventurous people who want to bring healing and hope to other people in this broken world.

Are you a natural leader?

Are you looking for a vocation that uses your gifts of creativity, requires an appreciation of spirituality and will be a way for you to give voice to God’s call? Are you interested in benefits such as quality worship, a chance to teach, partnering with colleagues, a caring community, variety, lifelong learning on the job, incredible opportunity to care for others and a place to use your imagination? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, please explore our leadership Web pages to learn more about how you can fulfill your dreams.

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

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