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 in your life. "Candidacy" is the process of preparation and formation leading to the Ministry of Word and Sacrament or the Ministry of Word and Service. 

To help you understand the process we invite you set up a meeting with Deacon Laura Carson, Associate with the Bishop for Formation and Administration.

More information about candidacy can also be found here.

Candidacy Interview Dates: 

August 13, 2024

December 13, 2024

TEEM candidates

TEEM - What is it? 

Theological   Education for Emerging Ministries

  • TEEM is a process of formation and preparation for ordained ministry in the ELCA which allows a candidate to remain in his/her current ministry context throughout the preparation & formation process.  
  • TEEM provides a ministry leader for a parish while that leader is completing their seminary education.  However, once the leader has completed his/her studies and is ordained, the parish has the option to extend a call to them as pastor.  The process allows a parish to flourish under a different model for ministry.
  • The agreement to enter into TEEM ministry is endorsed by the bishop who recommends the candidate to the seminary who, in-turn, enrolls the candidate as a TEEM candidate.
  • TEEM education is designed for three years of study as opposed to the traditional four-year tract.  However, it may be adapted to longer periods as the circumstances dictate.

For more information on the TEEM program, please contact the synod office.