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Assignment Process

The Assignment Process had been in place for about 30 years as a way of calling candidates to serve as rostered leaders in various places across the church. Candidates approved for ordination, consecration, reinstatement and candidates from other traditions participated in this process at the conclusion of the candidacy process and in preparation for their first call.

In an effort to evolve and continue to better serve candidates, congregations, synods and wider church in current times, the Conference of Bishops designed a new process to shepherd candidates from candidacy to their first call, called the First Call Process. Beginning January 31, 2020, the Assignment Process will no longer exist, and the last step of the candidacy process will be the First Call Process instead. Please CLICK HERE to learn more about this process.

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In this tab, you’ll find a comprehensive guide to the Assignment process and protocol within the ELCA.

Assignment Process Guide

Assignment Process Guide

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Candidate Assignment Paperwork (A, B, C Forms)

Candidate Assignment Paperwork (A, B, C Forms)

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First Call Process

View new First Call Process documents under "Candidacy" resources.

First Call Process

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The ELCA Call Process is a prayerful way in which the ELCA 65 synods engage their congregations, church-related organizations and rostered ministers


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