In the ELCA, rostered leadership includes Ministers of Word and Sacrament (pastors) and Ministers of Word and Service (deacons, and those who were commissioned as associates in ministry, or consecrated as deaconesses and diaconal ministers).

The attached brochure is a brief overview of the candidacy process for church leaders, about which you may already know a great deal. But please pass along this brochure—along with your prayers, encouragement, and guidance—to those persons who may want to know more.

Learn more at or Pastor Chrisy Bright at the North/West Lower Michigan Synod.