How I got here…

One of the major components of the candidacy entrance process is an essay…

The entrance essay is an autobiographical reflection which should contain insights and understandings gained during the period of discernment leading to your decision to apply for candidacy in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.  It is not expected that your process of discernment is completed.  You are asked only to provide an honest assessment of your current self understanding.”

Writing this essay was basically the first step during the candidacy process because it forces you to sit down and truly think through your sense of call.  And I took a LOT of time over the summer writing it.  I’m not entirely sure why I haven’t chosen to share it until now, but I hope that sharing it might help people who still don’t quite understand why I’m at where I am now.

So, here it is, uploaded to googledocs, for your reading pleasure, my ELCA Candidacy Entrance Essay…


Posted on November 7, 2011, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Ugh, I hated these essays! The Endorsement essay kicked my butt. I wish I had started my blog when I was at the beginning of my candidacy process (I’m in my third seminary year).

    • Ken, Thanks for your comment. I actually really enjoyed writing my entrance essay as I essentially gave myself the entire summer to do so, and it allowed me a lot of time to really collect my thoughts about my sense of call. I’m not NEARLY as excited for the essays that my future holds.

      • Heh, yeah, the next ones aren’t so nice. I had a bit of rough go at my Endorsement essay and I wasn’t happy with it when I turned it in, but I had no more time to keep fixing it again and again.

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