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NALIP Constitution

The National Association of Lutheran Interim Pastors (NALIP) is registered as a Non-Profit Corporation under the laws of the State of Minnesota #71594.

I. MEMBERSHIP:
The members of the National Association of Lutheran Interim Pastors (NALIP) are the Interim Ministry Association, Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (IMA-ELCA), - and the Interim Ministry Conference, Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod (IMC-LCMS).

II. PURPOSE:
On behalf of its Member Associations, NALIP seeks to support and renew Lutheran congregations in transition by:

  1. Promoting general awareness of Intentional Interim Ministry and its issues,
  2. Advocating high performance standards in its practice,
  3. Supporting the Church's servants called to interim ministry
  4. Developing and offering programs for the training and continuing education of Lutheran Interim ministry practitioners, and
  5. Pursuing sources of funding and exercising good stewardship of resources

NALIP will accomplish the work authorized by its Member Associations through its Coordinating Council and committees, which shall be made up of equal representation from each Member.

III. FUNCTIONS:

  1. To foster communications between and on behalf of its member associations
  2. To coordinate an annual conference of Lutheran interim pastors
  3. To develop programs for the training and continuing education of Lutheran Interim Pastors
  4. To seek funding for training, education and other joint programs
  5. To coordinate other joint programs and projects as requested by the member associations

IV. GOVERNANCE:

  1. The NALIP Coordinating Council (the Council) shall be composed of an equal representation from its member associations with a minimum of two members from each.
  2. The officers of the corporation shall be Chair, Secretary, and Treasurer, with the usual duties of those offices. Both member associations shall be represented among the officers. Officers will be elected by the Coordinating Council.
  3. Coordinating Council members shall serve one four-year term. Member associations, on a rotating basis, shall elect/appoint a Coordinating Council member every two years. Council members shall be eligible for election for subsequent terms following a one-year hiatus between each four-year term of service.
  4. In the event of an unexpired term, a replacement shall be appointed/elected from and by that association (IMA or IMC) that was represented by the person who vacated the office. The replacement representative shall be eligible for a full term upon completion of the unexpired term.
  5. To accommodate for the fact that a small number of persons serve on the Council, each year an apprentice shall be appointed to participate in council meetings. The apprentice shall be appointed from and by the association (IMA or IMC) whose council member will go out of office in the subsequent year. The apprentice shall have voice but no vote. The apprentice will assume office at the conclusion of his/her predecessor's term.
  6. The Council may appoint task forces, committees, and commissions as required to carry out its work. Task force, committee, and commission members shall be voting members of the member associations.
  7. The Treasurer need not be a member of the Coordinating Council. If not a member, the officer will be accorded voice but not vote.
  8. This Constitution may be amended by action of the Coordinating Council, with ratification by the governing boards of the member associations.

V. REPORTING AND COMMUNICATIONS:

  1. The Council shall make regular reports to the governing boards of its member associations and shall prepare a report for the Annual Meetings of the member associations.
  2. The Council shall make provision for regular communications to the constituents of the member associations through print and/or electronic media.

VI. FINANCES:

  1. The Council will develop an operating budget and assess the member associations equally for its operating needs.
  2. Any proceeds that may be received from other sources will be administered by the Treasurer.
  3. The fiscal year shall be January 1 to December 31.
  4. The Treasurer shall provide quarterly reports to the governing boards of the member associations and shall provide a year end report to the Annual Conference.
  5. An audit shall be conducted annually. The Governing Boards of the member associations shall receive the audit, along with the annual report of the Treasurer. Copies of each will be provided for the constituents of the member associations at the Annual Conference.
  6. The Governing Boards of the member associations shall provide oversight for the Council.

VII. DISSOLUTION

  1. Upon dissolution, this association will disburse any assets equally between the Interim ministry Association - ELCA (IMA-ELCA) and the Interim Ministry Conference - LCMS (IMC-LCMS) or their successor organizations. If either IMA-ELCA or IMC_LCMS or their successor organizations are no longer functioning, any assets shall be disbursed equally between the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS) for the support of ministry education.

Adopted June 23, 2001
Amended June 22, 2002, May 24, 2007, May 23, 2008, June 5,2009

NALIP BY-LAWS

ARTICLE I COMMITTEES:

Section 1.01 Education Committee

  1. There shall be an Education Committee to develop and recommend the educational programs of NALIP for Coordinating Council approval. The Education Committee shall:
    1. Develop goals, objectives, content blocks, and learning designs that reflect the NALIP rationale (published in the NALIP Resource Manual) for Lutheran interim ministry education curriculum.
    2. Receive and review applications for apprentice trainers and recommend trainers for faculty status.
    3. Receive, review, and recommend new course proposals.
    4. Review, revise, justify, and recommend course fees.
    5. Review, revise, and recommend faculty stipends.
    6. Receive reports, review, and evaluate:
      1. the effectiveness of course offerings;
      2. the effectiveness of faculty performance;
      3. the interim ministry educational needs of synods, districts, and congregations. Committee findings and recommendations shall be presented to the Coordinating Council for final approval.
  2. The Education Committee, as a sub-committee of the Coordinating Council, shall consist of members chosen evenly from Interim Ministry Association - ELCA (IMA) and Interim Ministry Conference - LC-MS (IMC).
    1. There shall be one ELCA and one LC-MS member of the Coordinating Council appointed to serve as two of the members of this committee.
    2. Excluding the two members from the Coordinating Council, each member may serve two consecutive four-year terms. After a year hiatus, a member may be reappointed by the Coordinating Council.
    3. Coordinating Council membership on this committee will vary according to terms of the individual members served on the Coordinating Council.
  3. The Education Committee shall organize itself at the annual conference by selecting a Chairperson and a secretary. The Chairperson shall be approved by the Coordinating Council. A Chairperson shall serve for no more than four consecutive years.
  4. Meetings of the committee shall be held at least quarterly, or called at the discretion of the Chairperson, by a majority of the members, or at the request of the Coordinating Council. One meeting of the committee shall be held in conjunction with the annual conference.

Section 1.02 Conference Planning Committee

  1. There shall be a Conference Planning Committee to assist the Executive Director and the NALIP Coordinating Council in planning for the Annual Conference. The Conference Planning Committee shall:
    1. Gather a list of potential speakers for the Conference.
    2. Vet the proposed speaker(s) for the Conference for appropriate topics and cost.
    3. Assist the Executive Director as necessary with speaker contract.
    4. Recruit the following for the Conference:
      1. Critical Incident Review presenters
      2. Chaplain
      3. Judicatory representatives (give them guidelines for their time on the schedule)
      4. Thrivent representative (Give Executive Director guidance regarding their time allotment on the schedule and any presentation they might make to the Conference).
      5. Workshop presenter(s).
    5. Assist CIR presenters and Chaplain regarding arrangements/materials.
    6. Assist the Executive Director with onsite registration (preparing packets and name tags, staffing the registration table).
    7. Prepare schedule for the Conference
    8. Determine viability of the following for the Conference:
      1. Ice breaker
      2. Shared Wisdom
      3. Issues and response panel
      4. Faculty presentation(s)
  2. The Conference Planning Committee shall seek final approval of the Coordinating Council before making final arrangements regarding a speaker, the final schedule, and recruiting the individuals in item #4 above.
  3. The Conference Planning Committee shall consist of four members chosen evenly from the Interim Ministry Association (IMA) and the Interim Ministry Conference (IMC).
    1. There shall be one IMA member and one IMC member of the Coordinating Council appointed to serve as two of the members of this committee.
    2. The remaining two members shall be appointed by the CC from the IMA and IMC.
    3. Term length shall be two years.
  4. The Conference Planning Committee shall organize itself at the Annual Conference by selecting a Chairperson and Recorder. The selection of the Chairperson shall be approved by the Coordinating Council.
  5. Meetings of the Committee shall be held as necessary, not less than quarterly.

Education Committee By-Law adopted June 15, 2012 and amended June 25, 2014. Conference Planning Committee By-Law adopted June 25, 2014.






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