Upon the approval by the ELCM General Conference Executive Board a congregation is received as full rostered member to the ELCM congregational roster subject only to the successful conclusion of the 30 day affirmation period which begins upon the date of notification to ELCM member congregations and member pastors of the Executive Board approval of the applicant congregation. Upon the conclusion of the 30 day affirmation period the approved applicant congregation is deemed a full voting member without any period of probationary membership.
KJV Psalm 68:6 God setteth the solitary in families: he bringeth out those which are bound with chains: but the rebellious dwell in a dry land.
KJV Psalm 107:32 Let them exalt him also in the congregation of the people, and praise him in the assembly of the elders.
Application Steps and Procedure
Step 1. The pastor or Seminarian desirous of exploring rostered membership in ELCM completes the ELCM Survey Questionnaire and mails the completed Survey Questionnaire to the office of the President.
Step 2. Applicant contacts the Office of the President of ELCM and is placed in contact with the Roster Interview and Examining Committee (RIEC) Chairman.
Step 3. Applicant contacts an appropriate agency of his State or Province and requests a Criminal background check with the results stipulated to be sent to the Chairman of the RIEC.
Step 5. Applicant meets with the full RIEC for an Interview based upon the papers submitted. (ELCM covers all expenses incurred by the applicant to attend an Interview with the RIEC. An exception is provided for some applicants because of various circumstances to be interviewed by the President of ELCM and at least one member of the RIEC.
Step 6. A recommendation is made to the Executive Board of ELCM within on week of the Interview regarding reception of the applicant to the roster of ELCM. The ELCM Executive Board acts upon the applicants reception to the ELCM roster.