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Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

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!




Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

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

Our Mission

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

Changing the church through the ministry of publicly-identified LGBTQ Lutheran rostered leaders 

Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries (ELM) expands ministry opportunities for publicly-identified lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people called to serve God as clergy and rostered lay leaders.  We do this work through our three programs: Proclaim, Candidacy Accompaniment, and Ministry Grants.

Through this work, we seek to make real in the world today Jesus’ message that all are invited to share and receive God’s gifts.

Find answers to FAQ About ELM and Proclaim here.


Upcoming Events

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

What’s new? Scroll down for our blog!

Click on events in color for more information:

“Dear God, I am Gay — thank you!” by Joel Workin 2nd Edition Released

February 21-24:  ELM Board of Directors meeting- St. Paul, MN.

April 12-15, 2013:  2013 Proclaim Retreat