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Ministry Engagement

Photo credit: Emily Ann Garcia

Photo credit: Emily Ann Garcia

Welcome to Ministry Engagement – a program of Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries.  We seek to steward the gifts of LGBTQ rostered leaders and support extraordinary congregations and ministries because we believe LGBTQ people have extraordinary gifts for ministry and through their public witness proclaim the gospel now.

Through this program we are working to create more calls for gifted LGBTQ leaders, while celebrating and highlighting extraordinary congregations and ministries impacted by the ministry of LGBTQ leaders.  LGBTQ leaders have unique gifts to offer the church.  And the witness of these extraordinary congregations and ministries is a source of inspiration and cause for celebration!

Check out our new 6 minute video Enrich & Transform – the story of one congregation’s journey to call an openly gay pastor.


Ministry Engagement focuses on the following key areas:

+ Through ELM Local Contacts in various synods we share resources (including Enrich & Transform, printer friendly version HERE) with synod staffs, congregations, and call committees to help them become more open to the diversity of leaders God has called to serve our church, including LGBTQ leaders.  Not ready for an LGBTQ leader?  What are you doing to get ready?!  Check out this resource as a starting place.

+ We share the stories of extraordinary and innovative congregations and ministries served by LGBTQ leaders as a gift and inspiration to the church. 

+ With the support of local volunteers, ELM attends synod assemblies or other gatherings to connect with lay leaders in congregations and ministries

Photo credit: Emily Ann Garcia

Photo credit: Emily Ann Garcia


For many years, ELM supported extraordinary congregations and ministries through Mission Grants. Since 1995, ELM donors have invested $912,000 in ministries and congregations led by LGBTQ leaders. In some instances, ELM provided funding that kept congregations open and helped launched innovative ministries.

Although ELM is not currently awarding grants, click here to view some of the past Ministry Grant recipients.


If you’d like to support ELM’s programs like this one, please click here.