Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries believes the public witness of gender and sexual minority 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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Save the Date: Proclaim Gathering 2019, August 1-2 (Milwaukee, WI)

Check out the ELM Winter 2019 Newlsetter!

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Is your congregation ready?

Have you heard a congregation say they “just aren’t ready” for an LGBTQIA+ 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 LGBTQIA+ people into the call process.  Watch and share now!



March 14th 5:30 pm – Extraordinary Callings at the Bade Museum, Pacific School of Religion, Berkeley, CA

April 26th to 28th – Queering the Path Retreat in Berkeley, CA

August 1st to 4th – Proclaim Gathering in Milwaukee, WI

For more information about upcoming events and visits, please email us at info@elm.org


For a comprehensive list of resources for LGBTQIA+ 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!

Photo by Emily Ann Garcia

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



Extraordinary Callings: Holy & Queer Resistance in the Lutheran Church

2019 marks 10 years since the doors were opened to LGBTQIA+ leaders in the ELCA! In recognition of this milestone, the Bade Museum located at the Pacific School of Religion will be displaying the historical archives and artwork of ELM and its Proclaim members. To learn more about this exhibit and to contribute to ELM in honor of this landmark decision, please click here!