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

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A Minute to Proclaim…

Click on the video to the right to hear Rev. Mark Erson’s one-minute story. Or click here to view in-depth profiles of Proclaim leaders. Proclaim, a program of ELM, is an active community of 165 LGBTQ Lutheran rostered leaders, candidates for ministry, and seminarians. Our other programs are Candidacy Accompaniment and Ministry Engagement.


Sept 12 - 19 ELM ED Amalia Vagts in San Francisco/Seattle/Bellingham

Sept 21 – 23 ELM Fall Board Meeting, ARC Retreat Center, Minnesota

Sept 27, 11 a.m. ET Ordination of Julie Recher, Atonement Lutheran Church, Wyomissing, PA

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




Current Proclaim Members

Listing of Proclaim members.

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Proclaim Pulpit Supply

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

Candidacy and LGBTQ Individuals

A resource for ELCA candidacy committees working with LGBTQ individuals.

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.

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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!

PHOTOS: 2014 Proclaim Retreat CLICK HERE 

View gorgeous & fun photos from the retreat.