Welcome! Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries believes that LGBTQ+ people have extraordinary gifts for ministry. Through their public witness, these leaders proclaim the Gospel now.

We live out this belief through our three programs – Proclaim, Accompaniment, and Ministry Engagement.

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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.



April 30, 1:30pm – Consecration of Diaconal Ministers and Proclaim members Ross Murray and Abby Ferjak, Advent Lutheran Church, New York City

May 14, 2016 – Ordination of Proclaim member Joe Larson, called to St Mark’s Lutheran in Fargo, ND

May 21, 2016 – Ordination of Proclaim member Diana Linden-Johnson, called to Peace Lutheran in El Paso, TX

June 4, 2016 – Ordination of Proclaim member Rachel Anderson, St John’s Lutheran Church, Ambler, PA




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.

Current Proclaim Members

Listing of Proclaim members.

Proclaim Pulpit Supply

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


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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.