Candidacy in the ELCA is the process of preparation and formation of candidates leading to approval for public ministries of both called and commissioned persons serving through Word and Sacrament and Word and Service rostered ministries. Candidacy involves an active discernment partnership between candidate, congregation, synod, seminary and the churchwide Congregational and Synodical Mission Unit.

If you have an interest in exploring a call to ordained ministry as a Pastor or commissioned ministry as an Associate in Ministry or Deacon, please visit the ELCA Candidacy page at Feel free to contact the Southwestern Synod Candidacy Committee through the Synod Office at 253-535-8300 or