First Call Theological Education

Guiding our pastors through their critical first call.

First Call Theological Education (FCTE) is a three-year structured program of theological education designed to assist newly called leaders in the transition to rostered ministry. One of the most dramatic transitions in the life of a newly rostered person is the transition from seminary or non-rostered status to the first call to public ministry. The ELCA has prescribed standards and expectations for continuing theological education during the first three years of rostered service under call.


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