The Virginia Synod Candidacy Committee strongly desires a 13-month relationship with a candidate prior to their entering seminary. While the Vocations Conference is the proper beginning place for a person planning to attend seminary thirteen months later, the official discernment takes place in that 13-month time between the pastor and the candidate. You are invited to make use the Guidelines for Discernment resource from the ELCA Candidacy Manual; it has a helpful discussion of discernment in general along with suggestions for discernment conversations.
The Virginia Synod Vocations Conference
August 17-18, 2018
Eagle Eyrie Baptist Conference Center
Anyone discerning a call to rostered ministry is encouraged to attend the Vocations Conference – the sooner in your discernment, the better equipped you will be to prayerfully consider how God is calling you to use your faith gifts through your vocational call.
The Virginia Synod Vocations Conference allows persons who are wondering what professional ministry in the church is like to spend time with those who have experience within the church. It allows time for reflection, conversations, and questions concerning one’s call and gifts for ministry through ample opportunities for fellowship and free time. It provides a retreat setting for helping individuals discern their gifts for ministry.
INQUIRERS: If you feel God calling you to public leadership in the church, you should attend the Vocations Conference! Please speak with your pastor or deacon, who is also invited to attend with you.
PASTORS and DEACONS: If you know of someone who has expressed interest, or may be interested in becoming a pastor or deacon, please get that person to the Vocations Conference! It is seldom too early for an inquirer to get to know the Candidacy Committee and the ELCA Candidacy process.
CANDIDATES: This is a “must-event” for you. It’s the annual time to check in with your Candidacy Committee.
If you have questions, please contact Pastor Kelly Bayer Derrick in the Virginia Synod Office of the Bishop (contact info below).