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.



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

August 28 – Ordination of Proclaim member Douglas Barclay, called to Concordia Lutheran Church in Manchester, CT

August 30 – Ordination of Proclaim member Cary Bass-Deschenes, called to Lutheran Church of the Cross, Berkeley, CA (Ordination at St Francis Lutheran, San Francisco)

September 19 3pm – Ordination of Proclaim member Gretchen Rode, called to House of Hope, New Hope, MN (ordination at St John’s Lutheran Church in Northfield, MN)

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

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

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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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.