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

Main Line/Voicemail:  312-759-7070

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For immediate release:

 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!



October 19-21 – ELM In-Person Board Meeting, DANEBO-Danish American Center, Minneapolis, MN.

October 31-November 2Rolling the Stone Away Conference, St. Louis, MO.

November 2 – Rev. Amanda Nelson and Rev. Asher O’Callaghan at United Lutheran Seminary for installation of the new President of the seminary.

November 3-4 – Program Director Rev. Asher O’Callaghan on campus, United Lutheran Seminary and representing at #decolonize17, Philadelphia, PA.

November 14-16 – Program Director Rev. Asher O’Callaghan on campus, Luther Seminary.

November 15 – Program Director Rev. Asher O’Callaghan guest preacher, Transgender Day of Remembrance, Luther Seminary.


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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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!

Photo by Emily Ann Garcia

VIDEO: A 3 minute video slideshow of the 2017 Proclaim Gathering. Watch here!