The Work of Ministry

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The gifts he gave were that some would be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ – Ephesians 4:11

Javen Swanson.  Photo credit: Emily Ann Garcia
Javen Swanson. Photo credit: Emily Ann Garcia


We celebrate first calls for Proclaim members Javen Swanson and Paul Gibson.  As they enter into Christ’s work to equip the saints for ministry in these new communities, we give thanks for their spirit and witness in building up the body of Christ.

Javen Swanson has been called to Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in St Paul, MN.  His ordination and installation will be at Gloria Dei on August 10th at 3pm.

Paul Gibson has been called to Trinity Lutheran Church in St. Petersburg, Florida.  His ordination will be August 16th at 2pm at St Paul’s Lutheran Church, Clearwater FL (Paul’s home congregation).

Paul Gibson.  Photo credit: Emily Ann Garcia
Paul Gibson. Photo credit: Emily Ann Garcia




Supporting First Call Candidates

ELM has put together a resource for LGBTQ first call candidates.  The Mysteries of the Ages: ELM’s Unofficial Guide for LGBTQ First Call Candidates provides detailed, fresh advice about navigating the approval and assignment process from those who’ve been there.  The guide is informative, funny, and one-of-a-kind. It is currently being reviewed by those in the approval process and will be released this fall.  It was created by Proclaim members who are currently serving in their first call and members from the Accompaniment Team.

Thank You

Your gift to ELM helps us affirm, support, and walk with LGBTQ seminarians, candidates, and rostered leaders in their ministry.  This is a gift to the whole church.  Thank you!