In seeking to achieve its mission, the ELCIC nurtures, supports and oversees Rostered Ministers, who offer leadership and vision to the church, congregations and various ministry contexts. The ELCIC has two types of public ministers: Ordained and Diaconal.
Ordained Ministers (Pastors) are called to a public ministry of Word and Sacrament as a means of creating and nourishing faith in the church. Rooted in the Word of God, and accountable to the church, pastors train theologically and are formed for ministry. Pastors serve through preaching and teaching, by presiding at baptism and communion, and by offering prayerful spiritual care. While many pastors serve in congregations, they also serve in a variety of settings such as hospital chaplaincy, military chaplaincy, colleges, seminaries, camps, missionary fields, and synodical and national offices. Inherent to the pastoral ministry is commitment to offer faithful witness to Christ, to support God’s people as they grow in faith and witness, and to encourage the church to be In Mission for Others.
Diaconal Ministers are called to a public ministry of “Word and Service.” Rooted in the Word of God, and accountable to the church, diaconal ministers train both theologically and for a particular service. Inherent to diaconal vocation is leading and equipping all the baptized for diakonia, by helping people to discern gifts for service, by encouraging awareness of the world’s brokenness, and by forming supportive community in the midst of ministries. All Diaconal Ministers in the ELCIC have the right to use the title “Deacon”; as a result of the church’s rich history of diaconal ministry, some ministers continue to use the title “Deaconess” or “Sister.”
In seeking to achieve its mission, the ELCIC also maintains seminaries for the education and continuing development of rostered ministers and other church leaders. The ELCIC has two seminaries: Lutheran Theological Seminary in Saskatoon, SK and Waterloo Lutheran Seminary in Waterloo, ON.