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Word and Service Ministry

Candidates entered prior to Jan. 1, 2017

Following are specific resources for each roster.  The candidacy process for the new roster of Word and Service Ministry, Deacon, will be posted once it is available from the ELCA.

For diaconal ministry candidates

Spiritual direction for diaconal ministry candidates

Diaconal ministry candidates are expected to seek to develop, in a relationship of spiritual direction, regular habits and patterns for spiritual nurture, spiritual disciplines, and healthy self-care. Candidates must arrange for 40 hours of supervised spiritual direction of which 10 hours must be contact hours.

Steps in affiliation for diaconal ministry
  • Obtain entrance to candidacy from your synod candidacy committee.
  • Apply for admission (affiliated) through the Office of Admissions and submit the $1,000 affiliation fee and entrance approval documents during your first term of studies at the non-ELCA seminary.
  • Upon meeting admission requirements, receive M.A.-affiliated status from Luther and be assigned a faculty advisor.
  • Participate in 40 hours of supervised Spiritual Direction.
  • Make plans with the Contextual Learning office regarding supervised field experience and diaconal ministry project.
  • Present plan for completion of theological education requirements, field experience and diaconal ministry project to candidacy committee as part of endorsement interview (or earlier if applicable).
  • Participate in field experience.
  • Complete academic requirements.
  • Complete faculty and synod approval and assignment for first call.

The ordering of these steps may change based on individual circumstances and plans for completing diaconal ministry requirements.

It is the responsibility of the candidate to maintain ongoing contact with Luther, initiating contact with appropriate faculty and staff to fulfill the candidacy requirements.

Affiliation is expected to take place within the candidate's first term of study at the non-ELCA seminary. Affiliation and admission to the seminary is based on the admission requirements of the M.A. program of the seminary. Your affiliation requires continued good academic standing at your primary seminary and continued progress with ELCA candidacy. The ELCA churchwide organization has determined that an affiliation fee of $1,000 to be paid to the ELCA seminary at the time of affiliation. Other tuition and fees are outlined in the Luther Seminary catalog and are applied after the candidate is enrolled at Luther.

For associate in ministry candidates

Course model for AIM theological education

The Theological Education requirements for candidates for Associate in Ministry can be satisfied by completing any of the M.A. programs at Luther Seminary. However, if a candidate wishes to complete the educational requirements for AIM without pursuing a full M.A. program, the requirements can be met either through a certificate program or as a non-degree student..

Approval of a particular course of study should be made in consultation with the synod candidacy committee.

For deaconess candidates