Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries affirms & supports LGBTQ Lutheran rostered leaders and those pursuing a call to rostered leadership, while engaging allied congregations & ministries to proclaim God’s love and seek justice for all.

“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 & Transform – A guide for congregations who wish to make an intentional plan to welcome diverse candidates, especially those who are LGBTQ.

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A Moment to Proclaim…

Click on the video to the right to get a glimpse of the 2014 Proclaim retreat for LGBTQ leaders. This year’s retreat is April 17-20, 2015 at Stony Point Retreat Center. Invite leaders! Or make a gift in support of an attendee. Click here to view in-depth profiles of Proclaim leaders. Proclaim, a program of ELM, is an active community of 175+ LGBTQ Lutheran rostered leaders, candidates for ministry, and seminarians. Our other programs are Candidacy Accompaniment and Ministry Engagement.


January 5, 2015 – registration opens for 2015 Proclaim Retreat

February 5 – 8 – ELM Board of Directors Meeting

February 12, 3pm central – Online Meet Up for those Awaiting Call

February 12, 8pm central – Proclaim Seminarian Online Meet Up

February 18 – 19 – ELM visit to Wartburg Seminary

February 21, 4 pm – Ordination and Installation of Proclaim member Jill Rode, St Anthony Park Lutheran Church in Saint Paul, MN

February 27, 4 pm – Ordination of Proclaim member Scott Richards, Luther Seminary Chapel

February 28, 1 pm – Ordination of Proclaim member Rachel Knoke, hosted at Big Canoe Lutheran Church, outside Decorah, IA

March 1, 4pm – Ordination of Proclaim member Julie Wright, Amazing Grace Lutheran Church, Inver Grove Heights, MN

March 9-12 – ELM visit to Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary

April 17 – 20, 2015 – 2015 Proclaim Retreat – Stony Point, NY (45 minutes from New York City) 




*New!  Enrich & Transform: Welcoming LGBTQ Candidates into the Call Process

A guide for call committees considering the diverse gifts of candidates, including those who are LGBTQ.

Current Proclaim Members

Listing of Proclaim members.

Candidacy and LGBTQ individuals cover

Proclaim Pulpit Supply

See Proclaim members available to preach and preside in your area.

Candidacy and LGBTQ Seminarians

Candidacy and LGBTQ Individuals – A resource for ELCA candidacy committees working with LGBTQ candidates.

Proclaim Seminarian Team – LGBTQ student reps at seminaries and divinity schools 

ELM Seminary Advocates - faculty or staff members who serve as a liaison between ELM and their campus and as an ally and advocate for LGBTQ students

New!  First Call Guide for LGBTQ Candidates

Mysteries of the Ages: ELM’s Unofficial Guide for LGBTQ First Call Candidates.  A peer-to-peer resource for LGBTQ candidates navigating the end of the candidacy process through first call.

© Keith Haring Foundation. Used with permission

Thinking About Coming Out?

Connect with people in Proclaim as you go through the coming out process as a rostered leader or seminarian.


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

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

VIDEO: 2014 Proclaim Retreat Video CLICK HERE 

A 2 minute video slideshow of the gathering.