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Congregational Mission Planning
Raising up Leaders
The Western Iowa Synod is committed to raising-up leaders to serve in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). Through candidacy, a process of discernment and reflection, individuals are invited to consider the possibility that God is calling them to serve in a rostered ministry of this church.
Candidacy in the ELCA is the churchwide process of preparation and formation leading to the ordained ministry of Word and Sacrament, the consecrated ministry of diaconal minister or deaconess, or the commissioned ministry of associate in ministry.
The candidacy process is a partnership between candidate, congregation, synod candidacy committee, seminary, and ELCA churchwide organization. It is a process of discernment that includes prayerful listening, questioning conversation, and searching within to determine a call to ministry as a rostered leader in Word and Sacrament or Word and Service.
For more information contact the Western Iowa Mission Center and plan to participate in A Day of Discernment, held one Saturday each year in March.
Discernment is not just another word for deciding.
Discernment is not just about what you are going to do with your life;
Discernment is about being open, curious and attuned to what God is up to, with you and with your community. And it is being confident that you have a part to play in the story of God’s love for the world.
Discernment is considering what God has given you.
Discernment is noticing what God is doing in the world.
Discernment is not about a decision. It is about always being ready to ask the questions and then being engaged in living the answers!