Candidacy Advice and Encouragement
Here is our Top Ten list of ELCA Candidacy Advice and Encouragement based on student's experience in the process.
10. Each synod has its own peculiarities
Find out your synods expectations and seek to fulfill them.
9. Develop a relationship with your faculty advisor
They can better represent you when they know you.
8. Attend synod assembly and candidacy retreats
Remember- it's about relationships.
7. Keep in touch
Write your liaison, synod staff person or candidacy committee chair at least once a semester and fill them in on how things are going.
6. Keep a file copy of all correspondence
Follow up phone calls with a letter with your understanding of the conversation.
5. Do CPE as soon as possible
Many candidacy committees require CPE prior to endorsement. Waiting to fulfill this expectation often stalls the candidacy process. Do it soon!
4. Find out about all the rosters of the ELCA
These folks will be your colleagues in ministry.
3. Take responsibility for all paperwork
This includes CPE and internship or field experience reports, transcripts and essays.
2. Turn to the Student Services office if you get stuck
Krista Lind, Director of the Student Resources and Candidacy is available for candidacy problem solving.
1. Respect the process