Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries believes the public witness of LGBTQ+ ministers transforms the church and enriches the world. 

ELM + PO Box 14317 + Chicago, IL 60614-8503

Office Hours:  Monday – Thursday, 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM CST
Main Line/Voicemail:  312-759-7070

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 ELM Names Next Executive Director

Read the ELM 2016 Annual Report

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Is your congregation ready?

Have you heard a congregation say they “just aren’t ready” for an LGBTQ+ pastor or deacon? We say – “Let us help you get ready!”
Call committees and congregations should check out this 6-minute conversation starter about “getting ready” to welcome LGBTQ+ people into the call process.  Watch and share now!



July 29 – Ordination of Becky Goche to the ministry of Word and Sacrament, St. John’s Lutheran Church, Des Moines, IA.  11:00 AM.

August 6 – Installation of Becky Goche as pastor, English Lutheran Church, 1509 King Street, La Crosse, WI 54601.  9:30 AM.

August 26 – Farewell event for Executive Director Amalia Vagts – San Francisco/Bay Area, CA.  For more info:  info@elm.org



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!

Photo by Emily Ann Garcia.

Photo by Emily Ann Garcia.

VIDEO: A 3 minute video slideshow of the 2016 Proclaim Gathering. Watch here!