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

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

Main Line/Voicemail:  312-759-7070




Stay up to date on ELM news:


For immediate release:

Response to ULS from ELM’s Board of Directors

ELM Statement Concerning United Lutheran Seminary

ELM Hiring Associate Director & Admin Positions

Read the ELM 2016 Annual Report

Learn more about ELM »

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!



April 30  Proclaim regional gathering in San Antonio, Texas with ELM ED Rev. Amanda Nelson. For more information, email Amanda Nelson

May 31-June 2 – ELM @ Indiana-Kentucky Synod Assembly

June 1-2 – ELM @ West Virginia-Western Maryland Synod Assembly

June 1-3 – ELM @ Southeastern and Sierra Pacific Synod Assembly

June 7-9 – Executive Director Amanda Nelson @ New England Synod Assembly

June 7-9 – ELM @ Central States Synod Assembly

June 8-10 – ELM @ Virginia Synod Assembly

June 8-9 – ELM @ Metropolitan Chicago Synod Assembly

June 15 – Deadline for Joel Workin Scholarship Applications

June 22-24 – Executive Director Amanda Nelson @ ReconcilingWorks Triennial in Minneapolis


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!



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