Candidacy in the East Central Synod of Wisconsin

Information on Siebert Grants

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America is committed to the intentional identification and recruitment of those persons who are so gifted by God that they are able to provide leadership in the life of this church. Through a process of reflection and discernment, individuals are encouraged to consider whether they are called by God through the church to serve in one of the rostered ministries of the ELCA. All candidates must have a four-year college education.

The Bi-Synodical Candidacy Committee meets only 3 times per year (April; August; and December).  It is therefore important to keep the Synod Office staff aware of the need for a decision.

Ordained Ministry:  Pastors are baptized persons whom the ELCA calls and ordains to the ministry of Word and Sacrament. On behalf of the church, pastors give leadership and vision to Christian communities of faith. Pastors are called to provide faithful preaching, teaching and witness to the Scriptures and the doctrinal teaching of the ELCA.

In preparation for service, candidates for ordained ministry complete a four-year Master of Divinity degree, which includes a year of supervised internship and a unit of supervised clinical ministry. The M. Div Degree is normally completed at a seminary of the ELCA. A candidate for ordained ministry must be approved by the Synod Candidacy Committee and is considered a candidate for service to the whole church.

Associate in Ministry:  Associates in Ministry (AIM) serve on an officially recognized roster for lay ministry in the ELCA. AIMs are called to provide leadership and support for the ministries of the whole people of God. They provide care and nurture of the people of God, equipping them in the Christian faith. Associates in Ministry are prepared for service through a course of study which includes theological education and are guided by the Synod Candidacy Committee.

Deaconess:  The Deaconess Community of the ELCA is an outgrowth of the revival of the New Testament diaconate which began in Germany during the 19th Century. Deaconesses are approved through the ELCA synodical candidacy process and are consecrated for service upon receipt and acceptant of a letter of call.

It is the purpose of the Deaconess Community of the ELCA to complement this church’s ministry of Word and Sacrament and the ministry of the whole people of God.

Diaconal Ministry:  Diaconal Ministers are called by the ELCA to positions that exemplify the servant life and seek to equip and motivate others to live it. Diaconal Ministers shall seek in a variety of ways to empower, equip, and support the baptized people of God in the ministry of Jesus Christ and the mission of God in the world.