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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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.


July 30-August 2 – ELM presenting at ReconcilingWorks Assembly

August 8 – Ordination of Proclaim member Becca Seely (called to be the executive director of Lutheran Ministries in Higher Education and pastor of The Vine NYC)

August 14 – Ordination of Proclaim member Jared Lee (called to Word of Hope in Lexington, KY)

August 20 – Ordination of Proclaim member Jeffrey C. Johnson, called to First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Brockton, MA

August 23 Ordination of Proclaim member Kyle Severson, called to St Philip Lutheran Church, Glenview, IL

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




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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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.