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 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

*New! Read our 2014 Annual Report .

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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.


September 26 2pm – Ordination of Proclaim member Jason Clifton, called to Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Solon Springs, WI (ordination at Svea Lutheran Church, Hager City, WI)

September 27-29 – ELM board in person meeting, Pendle Hill

October 12-15  – ELM at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, Berkeley

October 13 – Proclaim Gathering in Berkeley, CA

November 13 – Proclaim Gathering in New York City, NY

April 10-13, 2016Proclaim Retreat, 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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Proclaim Pulpit Supply

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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!

2015 Proclaim Retreat

VIDEO: 2015 Proclaim Retreat Video CLICK HERE 

A 2 minute video slideshow of the gathering.