Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries believes that LGBTQ people have extraordinary gifts for ministry. Through their public witness, these leaders proclaim the Gospel now.

“But we have this treasure in clay jars, so that it may be made clear that this extraordinary power belongs to God and does not come from us.”  – 2 Corinthians 4:7

*New! Check out Enrich and Transform – A guide for congregations who wish to make an intentional plan to welcome diverse candidates, especially those who are LGBTQ. Enrich and Transform – printer friendly version

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Fruitful & Multiplying

Here’s a burst of awesomeness – highlights from the 2015 Proclaim retreat for LGBTQ leaders. Click here to view in-depth profiles of Proclaim leaders. Proclaim, a program of ELM, is an active community of LGBTQ Lutheran rostered leaders, candidates for ministry, and seminarians. Our other programs are Candidacy Accompaniment and Ministry Engagement.


December 4, 7pm – Ordination of Proclaim member, Mark David Johnson, called to St Michael’s Episcopal Church in Trenton, NJ

December 5, 2pm – Ordination of Proclaim member, Cara Knutson (ordination hosted at Peace Lutheran Church, Lauderdale, MN)

December 13, 3pm – Ordination of Proclaim member, Tim Feiertag, called to Trinity Lutheran Church in Everett, WA (ordination hosted at St Mark Hope and Peace Lutheran in Kansas City, MO)

December 19, 1pm – Ordination of Proclaim member, Edwin Weber, called to Amazing Grace Lutheran of Anchorage, AK (ordination held at Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, Columbia, SC)

February 25-28, 2016 – ELM Board in-person meeting, Philadelphia

April 10-13, 2016National Proclaim Gathering, St Francis Retreat Center in San Juan Baustista, CA (near San Jose)




For a comprehensive list of resources for LGBTQ candidates, as well as candidacy committees, call committees, internship sites, and more, please see our Resource Page.

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Thinking About Coming Out?

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BOOK:  “Dear God, I am Gay — thank you!”

Second Edition collection of essays and sermons by Joel Workin.  Amazing stuff!

2015 Proclaim Retreat

VIDEO: 2015 Proclaim Retreat Video CLICK HERE 

A 2 minute video slideshow of the gathering.