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First Call Theological Education

First Call Theological Education (FCTE) is a requirement for all rostered leaders in the first three years of ordained ministry.


The outcomes and objectives of FCTE are: 

  • Equipping Leaders

    • Practical Skills and Tools

    • Emotional Intelligence

    • Appropriate Boundaries

    • Wellness and Appropriate Self-Care

  • Fostering Collegiality 

  • Building a pattern of lifelong learning


The five synods of Region 2 of the ELCA participate in FCTE together. We collaborate on planning and programming and alternate hosting one event each year. Each synod also completes their own local programs for the remainder of each year. 


FCTE is 50 contact hours each year. If you have spoken with the Bishop about alternatives to the synod's programming you can find the rubric for alternative programming here


The next FCTE Gatherings are: 

  • November 15-17, 2022 11:00am-3:00pm - Region 2 Gathering in Southwest CA Synod

  • May 2-4, 2023 - SPS local event location TBD

  • November 13-17, 2023 Region 2 Gathering Location TBD

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