The Rev. Virginia "Ginny" AebischerI invite you and members of your communities to join me for a presentation Overview of the ELCA Candidacy Process as it is lived out in the SC Synod., and for conversation.

The presentation will be Thursday, October 20, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. University Lutheran Church Clemson will host.

This presentation is intended for all members of our community who are interested in leadership formation. This may include: those who may be interested in entering the Candidacy Process; those who just want to know how our Pastors and Deacons in the ELCA are formed and trained; those who are interested in, and open to helping support SC Candidates. I will cover what the Candidacy process includes and how it works together with Seminaries and theological studies. I will share what the role of home congregation and pastor includes, as well as the role of the SC Synod Candidacy Committee . I will talk about the costs of seminary education and why those costs have an effect on the whole church. I will cover the various parts of leadership formation and ways that individual members can support our candidates. And I will answer any questions that participants may have about any part of the process.

For quite some time I have recognized that there is some misinformation and misunderstandings about the Candidacy process, and that is completely understandable because the process has changed in many ways over the last few years, and the rosters have changed as recently as August of this year. Earlier this summer when I was asked by the Lutheran Men in Mission from Shepherd of the Sea, Garden City to come and present a program about Candidacy to their group I realized that this “program” might benefit others across our Synod as well. You may have heard that the ELCA predicts and is experiencing in some areas a shortage of rostered leaders. Each of us has a role in raising up leaders for Christ’s church and nurturing their development and growth, but sometimes it is difficult to know how best to do that.

I hope you will join me and learn more about this process and how every Pastor, Deacon and Congregation of our Synod can be part of this important ministry that we do on behalf of each Candidate and our whole church. You can also give me feedback after this presentation on what else can or should be included to help people better understand the process. I hope to be able to offer this in other groups and areas of our Synod over the next year. Please advertise this opportunity broadly and invite anyone from your congregation who may be interested in this topic to come and share in conversation with me.

Please RSVP to by October 17th and give me an estimate of how many are coming from your congregation/community.

Together in Christ,


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