Extraordinary Friends

How to be an Extraordinary Friend

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Extraordinary FriendsELM announces a new monthly giving program, Extraordinary Friends.

You can make concrete differences in the lives of LGBTQ people called to Lutheran ministry through your support of the programs & projects of Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries. One ELM program is Proclaim, a community of 150 LGBTQ seminarians & rostered leaders. Another is Accompaniment, supporting over 40 LGBTQ candidates for ministry through their candidacy process. A third is Ministry Engagement, which connects & highlights LGBTQ led congregations & ministries. We’re a growing, thriving organization and we need your support.  Read on to see how you can support leaders like Pastor Sara Cogsil:

Sara writes,

“I have relied on ELM for the logistical support and monies that helped to fund my internship and provide scholarships for the annual retreat…

I have turned to Proclaim for the many relationships that have been formed…

 I have established colleagues that have been with me every step of the journey offering prayer, love and grace.  For that I am truly grateful and I give thanks that the support hasn’t stopped once I was ordained, but continues to be life-giving in my first-call.”

The best way you can affirm Sara and other  LGBTQ people called to ministry is through our new monthly giving community, Extraordinary Friends. You can affirm Sara’s ministry with as little as $10 a month.  Your support  is a powerful show of support for leaders who continue to be told “No” or “Not yet” by the church they long to serve. Our faithful and fabulous leaders are engaged in ministry year round  – we can show our support by contributing to their ministry each month.


* Easy and efficient way to support leaders and their ministries.
* You can give directly from your bank account or credit card.
* You are being a good steward of ELM’s resources – which means we can spend more time helping ministry leaders.
* Invitations to special webinars and conversations with ELM leaders and Proclaim members.
* It’s green!
* Anyone can do it – just $10 a month to be Extraordinary!

Thank you. Click here to join.