People become aware of their gifts and God’s call in various ways. Some become aware in a critical moment in life. Some are urged by others in the church to consider their call. Some struggle for years with their call and their circumstances. A vital component of becoming aware of God’s call occurs when rostered ministers and congregational members encourage particular individuals to explore a vocational calling to pastoral or diaconal ministry. 

If you are interested in exploring a call to serve God through the ELCIC, or if you have questions about the process, please be in contact with the Office of the BC Synod Bishop at

You can find ELCIC's Candidacy Manual and other related documents here.