Affiliated Students

ELCA candidates for ordination who attend non-ELCA seminaries must engage in all three of the candidacy steps:

  • Entrance: upon request, the appropriate synod office will provide a candidate packet that includes an application for candidacy. Your home congregation will register your application with the synod. Upon the return of the completed application, the candidacy committee will arrange a series of discernment opportunities. This step is normally completed by June 1, but no later than December 1, of the year you plan to enter seminary.
  • Endorsement: This step normally takes place during the second year of theological education.
  • Approval: This step normally occurs during your final year of theological study. Once you are approved, you are eligible to enter the call process for service within the church.

They are also required to "affiliate" with an ELCA seminary, normally prior to enrollment in the non-ELCA school. They should be certain to discuss their options and receive permission from the candidacy committee. They are responsible for maintaining ongoing contact with the ELCA seminary.

Affiliation with The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia begins with submission of an admission application and the ELCA affiliation fee to the seminary (failure to affiliate in the first year of full-time seminary study or equivalent will result in the assessment of a late affiliation fee). Forms and information are available from the Director of Admissions.

When the application has been approved, the seminary Dean will assign an LTSP faculty advisor. The Dean and the advisor are available for consultation concerning course planning. The seminary's Director of Contextual Education is available to assist in planning for internship and CPE, which are required of all candidates for ELCA ordination whether or not those programs are degree requirements at the student's own institution.