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Is God calling you? Candidacy might be your answer!

Perhaps you feel that God can use your gifts in a way that is more fulfilling to you and at the same time serves God more effectively. It is exciting and frightening. The Eastern North Dakota Synod would like to help you figure out what God is up to on your life. In the ELCA we have a process in place to guide you through this process of discernment; it is called candidacy.

To help you understand the process we invite you to start with these two steps:

1) Set up a meeting with Bishop Brandt

terry@eandsynod.org or 701-232-3381

During this meeting Bishop Brandt will:

  • give you a copy of What Should I Say? (if you don’t already have a copy)
  • provide a copy of Vision and Expectations
  • discuss your sense of call and the opportunities available
  • talk about the application and entrance essay
  • answer (to the best of his ability) any questions
  • 2) After this first meeting, set up an orientation with Alia Bartell, Synod Ministry Coordinator alia@eandsynod.org or 701.232.3381

    During this orientation Alia will:

  • go over the steps for application explaining the process and the timeline
  • talk about communications from the synod Synod Season, Connections eNewsletter, and our Facebook page
  • show candidacy resources available online http://elca.org/candidacy
  • provide a list of the next steps in the process toward an entrance interview
  • Blessings to you on this exciting journey. We are so happy you are interested in more information and are sensing a call into ministry with the church. Please know we are here to help if you have any questions or concerns along the way.

    God doesn’t call the qualified. God qualifies the called.

    The synod office is located at 3911 20th Ave S, Fargo (inside the Lutheran Social Services building)


    You can also find additional information on the ELCA churchwide website: http://elca.org/candidacy.

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