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The other leaders

The ELCA's ministry roster includes more than pastors

Though you don't hear much about them, there are other positions on the ELCA ministry roster besides pastors. More than 1,300 women and men serve three kinds of calls--deaconesses, associates in ministry and diaconal ministers--working in schools, churches and hospitals to name just a few.

But what does each rostered position mean and how can someone who feels called by God decide which is right for them?


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