If you have any questions about Candidacy or the forms found on this page, please contact Rev. Renee Splichal Larson at 605-274-4022 or Crystal McCormick, Candidacy and Mobility Office Coordinator at 605-274-4024 in the synod office.

Candidacy Forms from ELCA

The forms for the Candidacy Process can be found on the ELCA website. This includes forms and applications for candidates, candidacy committees and others.

South Dakota Synod Candidacy Checklist

As you proceed through Candidacy, it is often beneficial to keep track of your process.  Please download the Candidacy Checklist to use as your guide.  This detailed checklist will let you know what is expected of you and in what order.

Individual track checklists may be downloaded here from the ELCA Candidacy Website.

If you have any questions about the Candidacy process or this checklist, please contact Rev. Renee Splichal Larson or Crystal McCormick.

Candidacy Background Check Authorization Form

Effective February 1, 2005, background checks are required for all applicants seeking to be rostered in The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.  It is required that a background check be completed for candidates prior to Entrance.

Please complete the Background Check Authorization Form and return it to the synod office.

Candidate References Form

In order to get to know you better, the members of the Candidacy Committee ask that you supply them with three references.  Please return this Reference Form for Candidates with one pastor reference, one work reference and one personal reference.  You may return the form to:

South Dakota Synod, ELCA
2001 S Summit Ave
Sioux Falls, SD 57197


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