Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries

Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries believes the public witness of LGBTQIA+ ministers transforms the church and enriches the world.

Chicago, IL   |  www.elm.org

Mission

Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries believes the public witness of LGBTQIA+ ministers transforms the church and enriches the world.

Ruling year info

1991

Principal Officer

Rev. Amanda Gerken-Nelson

Main address

PO Box 14317

Chicago, IL 60614 USA

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Formerly known as

Lutheran Lesbian and Gay Ministries

Extraordinary Candidacy Project

Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries

EIN

94-3126113

NTEE code info

Lesbian/Gay Rights (R26)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (W01)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (X01)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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Freed and compelled by the Gospel of Jesus Christ to proclaim God’s love and seek justice for all, Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries envisions a church where all may serve God according to their callings. Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries affirms and supports LGBTQIA+ Lutheran rostered leaders and those preparing for rostered leadership while engaging allied congregations and ministries to proclaim God’s love and seek justice for all.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Proclaim

ELM's professional community for Lutheran ministers and candidates, who publicly identify as LGBTQIA+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, asexual, plus). This community gathers annually in retreat for learning and renewal, and connects throughout the year for networking and mutual support.

Population(s) Served

Engaging with extraordinary and innovative ministries. We seek to support and create more calls for LGBTQIA+ leaders, while celebrating and highlighting extraordinary congregations and ministries.

Population(s) Served

Grassroots, candidate-driven accompaniment for LGBTQ people in Lutheran candidacy.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

1. Expand our role as a leaders in extraordinary and innovative ministries.
2. Identify 90 congregations open to calling LGBTQ rostered leaders.
3. Identify or create 12 viable, healthy internship sites for LGBTQ candidates.
4. Distribute candidacy resources to every synodical candidacy committee.
5. Increase our intercultural competency and our capacity to raise up ministry candidates from underrepresented communities.
6. Engage Proclaim members in planned strategies to create a church where all may serve according to their callings.
7. Develop new relationships with key leaders whose work directly impacts ELM's constituencies.
8. Meet widely accepted benchmarks for nonprofit excellence.
9. Expand organizational capacity through increased giving from current and new supporters.

Goal 1: Expand its role as a leader in extraordinary & innovative ministries.

• Ministry Engagement Team will convene an innovative ministries working group (including Proclaim members with passion and experience with this) to inspire and guide this work
• ELM, through the Ministry Engagement Team and the working group, will explore and develop partnerships with training and support programs for leaders of innovative ministries and mission development.
• The Ministry Engagement Team will work w/ Proclaim Retreat leaders to Include mission development resources at Proclaim retreats and/or other gatherings. The other gatherings may be regional gatherings or training events co-sponsored with partners.
• The Proclaim Team will engage Proclaim members to capture the breadth of innovative ministries they are currently leading in order to share their stories with other Proclaim members, ELM donors and the rest of the church.
• With ELM's partners, the working group may create mission development materials for use by other leaders in the church.

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Goal 2: 90 congregations open to calling rostered leaders in Proclaim.

Strategies:
• The new Ministry Engagement working group will transform the Ministry Grants Program into “Ministry Engagement" Program.
• The Ministry Engagement team will work with the Proclaim Team to contact all Proclaim members to identify three congregations in their synod that would be potential sites.
• For each potential congregation or ministry, the Ministry Engagement Team will designate someone on staff, on the Board, or in Proclaim to initiate conversation with each potential congregation.
o The Ministry Engagement Team will develop a “talking points" sheet for ELM leaders to use when communicating with congregations and ministries.
• Within the 90 congregations, the Ministry Engagement Team and Inclusion Committee will further identify at least five congregations or ministry sites ready to interview and potentially call a transgender rostered leader.

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Goal 3: Identify twelve viable internship sites for LGBTQ candidates.

Strategies:
• The Accompaniment Team will communicate with all eight seminaries and field ed directors, expressing our desire to be partners with them in the process of internship identification and assignment.
• The Accompaniment Team and Ministry Engagement Team will work with field ed directors and ministry site leaders, respectively, to develop sites into extraordinary and innovative internship sites.
• The Ministry Engagement Team will seek and encourage ministries that expand the diversity of ELM-related internship sites in terms of geography and race, ethnic, and class identities.
• The executive director and Fund Development Committee will develop a fundraising goal and contact donors to enable ELM to

In 2013, the ELM Board of Directors made the decision to invest in our strategic plan by hiring a full-time program director. This position is the second full-time (and only other) staff for ELM. The program director oversees our three programs and relates directly to Goals 1,2,3,4,5, and 6 in the Strategic Plan. The executive director relates directly to Goals 5,7,8, and 9.

Additionally, we have volunteer conveners for each of our three programs. We are a strong grassroots-based organization, with nearly 70 active volunteers working to achieve our goals.

1. Expand our role as a leaders in extraordinary and innovative ministries.

ELM is recognized by the churchwide and synodical offices for supporting extraordinary leaders and ministries.

2. Identify 90 congregations open to calling LGBTQ rostered leaders.

We have identified over 110 congregations open to calling LGBTQ rostered leaders and developed a resource, "Enrich & Transform" to find more.

3. Identify or create 12 viable, healthy internship sites for LGBTQ candidates.

We exceeded this goal and redefined it to create resources for interns and internship supervisors.

4. Distribute candidacy resources to every synodical candidacy committee.

We created "Candidacy & LGBTQ Individuals" and distributed it throughout the ELCA.

5. Increase our intercultural competency and our capacity to raise up ministry candidates from underrepresented communities.

We did work as a board and Proclaim community to expand our intercultural competency. We continue to work on this and on our ability to support ministry candidates from underrepresented communities.

6. Engage 200 Proclaim members in planned strategies to create a church where all may serve according to their callings.

We have 212 Proclaim members actively engaged in local, synodical, and churchwide projects that are transforming and reforming the church.

7. Develop new relationships with key leaders whose work directly impacts ELM's constituencies.

We have developed key relationships at local, synodical, and churchwide levels to expand ELM's reach.

8. Meet widely accepted benchmarks for nonprofit excellence.

We achieved Guidestar Gold recognition in 2013 and have adopted and implemented policies related to nonprofit excellence.

9. Expand organizational capacity through increased giving from current and new supporters.

Our giving grew by over 10% from 2013 to 2014 and we are projected to grow again this year.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries

Board of directors
as of 3/14/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Emily Ann Garcia


Board co-chair

Matt James

Margaret Moreland

Charlie Horn

Emily Ewing

Brad Froslee

Matta Ghaly

Jeff Johnson

Barbara Lundblad

Angela Shannon

Gordon Straw

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No