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ELCA Rostered Leadership

Annual Rostered Leader Report (please download the form, fill it out, and send it to Ileana Sardinas (

Congregations with vacancies (as of 8/8/2018– Please contact the synod office with questions)

Vision & Expectations – Ministers of Word and Sacrament

Vision & Expectations – Ministers of Word and Service

Compensation Guidelines and other forms

Personal/Professional Development

Coaching Ministry – Guiding Principles (Oct. 2018) learn more about what coaching is HERE

Current Coaches (as of 1/2019)

2019 Coaching Training: May 8-9, 2019 ELCA Coach Launch (registration available HERE)

ELCA Coach Launch Brochure 2019

Additional Continuing Education Opportunities

Candidacy and Roster Resources


Here a Deacon, There a Deacon, Everywhere a Deacon, Deacon“: A brief sampling of current uses of the title “Deacon” in the ELCA and beyond, by Bishop Bill Gafjken (Indiana-Kentucky) on behalf of the Transition and Communication Sub-Group, July 2014

Unified Roster Update from Secretary Boerger-Oct 2016

What is a Deacon?”–a video about the Roster of Word and Service developed by the Rocky Mountain Synod of the ELCA

Congregational Lay Leadership

We believe that we are freed in Christ to serve and love our neighbor. It’s not the work of a few; we are all called by God through our baptism to participate in what God is up to in the world.

In this synod, the diakonia program is one way rostered ministers can encourage and support leadership development within their congregations.

Synod parish deacons are another way lay leaders and rostered ministers work together for serve God’s people.

In addition, Women of the ELCA and Lutheran Men in Mission provide resources, experiences, and opportunities for discipleship and faith development.

Click on the links to find out more.


ELCA Lay Schools for ministry (additional resources on ELCA’s lay schools for ministry)

Synod Parish Deacons

Florida-Bahamas Synodical Women’s Organization (Women of the ELCA) 

Lutheran Men in Mission (national web site)

ELCA Leadership Initiative

Watch and share on your social media networks how spoken-word poetry encourages candidates to attend seminary.

Learn more about the ELCA seminaries.

Explore ELCA Presiding Bishop Eaton’s Leadership Initiative.

For more information on the initiative:
Matthew D. O’Rear
Director, InFaith ELCA Seminary Grant

ELCA seminaries look to identify, nurture and sustain new leaders

 CHICAGO (Feb. 22, 2018) – In partnership with Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton’s Leadership Initiative, the seven seminaries of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) will  launch a combined effort to encourage new candidates for ministry in the ELCA.

The program, “Do you want to change the world?,” is being promoted through a series of videos, the first of which will be released Feb. 22. The video addresses the current leadership shortage of the ELCA and the effort to seek more candidates for ministry.

Decreased seminary enrollment combined with a record number of ELCA rostered ministers who are retiring, has resulted in not enough ministers to fill the open calls or to provide creative leadership in this time of rapid change in our church and in the world. The ELCA seminaries have addressed this need by working independently and in collaboration to increase the number  of candidates. According to the Rev. Dr. Jonathan Strandjord, director of ELCA seminaries, this has resulted in a modest increase in fall starts for Master of Divinity candidates in 2017.

Building on these efforts to invite and encourage future leaders, this program will help seminaries identify new candidates and provide resources that promote the vocation of public ministry, while providing marketing pieces for the good of the whole church.

The program is made possible by a grant from the Richard Hay Barkalow Charitable Seminary Fund of the inFaith Community Foundation.

All are invited to share the following information.

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About the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America:
The ELCA is one of the largest Christian denominations in the United States, with more than 3.5 million members in more than 9,400 worshiping communities across the 50 states and in the Caribbean region. Known as the church of “God’s work. Our hands,” the ELCA emphasizes the saving grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ, unity among Christians and service in the world. The ELCA’s roots are in the writings of the German church reformer Martin Luther.

For information contact:
Candice Hill Buchbinder