An association of Lutherans who work with congregations in transition.
NALIP-Sponsored Educational Opportunities
Intentional Interim Ministry is a focused approach for guiding congregations through difficult transitions.
The loss of a long-term pastor, misconduct, death of a leader, conflict, the need to clarify mission in changing
circumstances… these and other challenges may confront congregations in the time between regularly-called pastors.
Dealing with such unfinished business during the interim time helps prepare a congregation for a successful ministry
with its next called pastor.
Intentional Interim Ministry is not simply maintenance ministry while the Call process unfolds. It is ministry with
specific "intentions" to be accomplished -- goals identified by a synod/district process, by an intervention team, or by the
congregation's own leaders. Over the past two and a half decades, an Interim Process has been developed and shaped
for bridging, in a highly productive way, the time between called pastors.
In 2004, the National Association of Lutheran Interim Pastors, (NALIP), celebrated the 10th anniversary of its founding
by a small group of visionary interim pastors. An important component of their dream was to produce interim training
curriculum that would include a specifically Lutheran focus and a connection to our national church structure and polity. That vision
has now borne fruit. NALIP is pleased to announce upcoming educational opportunities for Lutheran Intentional Interim
DISCERNMENT FOR INTERIM MINISTRY
12 hour events
- Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN
- January 29-30 2013
- September 10-11, 2013
Do I have the experience, the leadership gifts, and the calling to Interim Ministry?
This event is specifically designed to identify personal and pastoral gifts
needed for this rewarding ministry, and to help you become aware of professional and lifestyle challenges. In the process,
you will also work with synod staff to discern whether they can affirm and use your gifts for Intentional Interim Ministry.
Note: Discernment Events can easily be scheduled by districts, synods or regions for as few as ten participants at a modest fee.
This workshop was specially designed as a low-cost introduction to interim ministry issues before enrollment in the
60-hour training course.
BASIC EDUCATION FOR THE PRACTICE OF INTENTIONAL INTERIM MINISTRY
Six-month program, three sequential phases
- Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO
- Phase III – April 15-19, 2013
- Phase I – November 4-8, 2013
- Phase III – April 21-25, 2014
- Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN
- Phase III – April 22-26, 2013, Mt Olivet Retreat Center
- Phase I – October 28 – November 1, 2013
- Phase III – April 21-25, 2014, Mt Olivet Retreat Center
- California-Nevada-Hawaii District – LCMS, Livermore, CA
- Phase I – February 4-8, 2013
- Phase III – August 19-23, 2013
The NALIP Basic Education curriculum is designed to introduce clergy and lay professionals to the practice of intentional interim ministry. Although focusing on Lutheran theology and polity, the event is open to all lay leaders and clergy desiring and/or called to this special ministry in congregations during a pastoral transition.
This course is designed in three phases (Planting, Cultivating, and Harvesting) covering a period of about six months. The first and third phases are in-residence, beginning at 1:00 p.m. on Monday and concluding at noon on Friday with a total of at least 60 contact hours.
Phase I (Planting) is a residential week focusing on the theory, theology, leadership skills and congregational systems related to intentional interim ministry. We examine the interim journey through scenarios (propositional learning) including the dynamics of entry, pre-entry, stages and tasks of the congregation, emotional systems, conflict, grief, power structures, and leadership skills necessary to lead the congregation, and exiting/closure issues.
Phase II (Cultivating) is a six month experience in a parish or institutional setting, ideally in a leadership transition, in which the participant in this program "puts into practice" the material learned in Phase I. During this time, you will learn contracting (covenanting), work on personal learning goals, and write two critical incident reports, all under the supervisor of your chosen fieldwork supervisor.
Phase III (Harvesting) is the second residential week in which through a group process you will share one of your critical incident reports, review material learned in Phase I, and learn more about the dynamics of congregations in pastoral transition, and your leadership skills and needs. You will also discuss the biblical and theological connections in this special ministry as specifically related to the Lutheran church.
Note: Participants are responsible for securing a situation in which to complete Phase II fieldwork requirements. While most participants in the program will have a ministry site, some may not. NALIP program faculty will help you define options available for your fieldwork.
All participants who satisfactorily complete the assigned work in this educational opportunity will receive a "Certificate of Completion." Participants are cautioned that completion of the program is not to be construed as "certification" or "accreditation" as an intentional interim pastor. You are advised to speak with your district president or synod bishop about placement and further recognition.
Persons interested in enrolling in a NALIP sponsored Basic Education Events are advised to visit the website of the respective institutions at which these events are scheduled. There are slight differences in course presentations and fee structures.
California-Nevada-Hawaii District, LC-MS, Livermore, CA
You are responsible for making your own reservations. The phone number for the Hampton Inn is 925-606-6400. The room block will be held until January 9th.
Please make your reservations as soon as possible. After January 9th the room block will be released and there is no guarantee that you will have a room. When making
the room reservation, mention the California-Nevada-Hawaii District to get the rate of $79.00+tax for Monday – Wednesday nights, and $69.00+tax for Sunday and Thursday nights.
The Hampton Inn’s address is 2850 Constitution Drive, Livermore, CA 94551. A parking lot separates the Hampton Inn from the CNH District Office, 2772 Constitution Drive, Ste. A, Livermore, CA 94551.
Lunch and snacks will cost $50. Please have cash or check for this at the first class.
The Hampton Inn serves a complimentary breakfast every morning and a manager’s reception (Monday – Thursday) in the evening that is included in the hotel room costs.
For those who are traveling using BART, please indicate that you will need shuttle service to the hotel when you make your reservation at the Hampton Inn. The
station CLOSEST to Livermore IS DUBLIN/PLEASANTON not WEST DUBLIN/PLEASANTON. Upon arrival at the BART station, call the Hampton and a shuttle will be sent to pick you up.
These short courses are designed for interim practitioners and those pastors serving conventional calls who seek advanced skills in leading the congregation to redefine its identity, working more effectively with staff, and helping congregations process their challenges and opportunities. Each course description indicates the length of the course.
EFFECTIVE LEADERSHIP IN MULTIPLE STAFF MINISTRY: NURTURING HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS
- Spirit in the Desert Lutheran Retreat Center, Carefree, AZ - February 18-20, 2013
This seminar is for both interim and conventionally called pastors as well as lay staff leaders serving congregations with at least one staff clergy colleague and other program and/or professional staff members. The issues of responsibility, authority, and accountability are studied alongside the various human resources issues common to every congregation. This event offers concepts, techniques, and practices for managing staff dynamics unique to mid-size and large congregations. Participants in this seminar will have completed the Insights Evaluator, a personality profile process, prior to the beginning of the event. For those who have never participated in the Insights process, an opportunity to review completed profiles will be offered on the first morning of the MSM event. An online survey must be completed prior to the review session. Directions for completing the survey will be sent upon registration.
Pre-seminar reading and writing will be identified upon registration.
For those who will need to complete the Insights process there is an additional fee of $150.
Monday, 9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon.
- Paul N. Svingen, ELCA interim consultant/educator; Minneapolis Area Synod interim pastor; adjunct faculty, Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Louisville, Ky.
- Kent Garlinghouse, ELCA pastoral consultant, educator, transition specialist, Northwestern Minnesota Synod
- Susan Baldwin, Licensed Insights Practitioner; President, PineStone PathWays, LLC.
CLAIMING THE AFTER PASTOR ROLE
- Spirit in the Desert Lutheran Retreat Center, Carefree, AZ - February 20-22, 2013
Where professional boundary violations by a pastor serving a congregation have occurred, there develops an emotional landscape requiring the next pastor to come into the congregation with eyes and ears wide open. Suspicion, distrust, anger, resentment, and several other fear-based emotions greet the next pastor be s/he the intentional interim pastor or the conventionally-called resident pastor. Frequently, both of these pastors face the emotional tidewaters of pastoral misconduct and without special preparation for this critical pastoral role, frequently don't succeed in leading the congregation through the wilderness as wise stewards of the leadership gifts they possess.
The "After Pastor" Seminar is designed to review the emotional dynamics, the behavioral repercussions, the key leadership insights and the range of responses appropriate to the adaptive challenges required of a congregation following the professional misconduct of a pastor. This seminar is open to both interim and conventionally called church leaders.
- Barbara Keller, ELCA Consultant for Misconduct Prevention, Vocation and Education Unit (Churchwide Deployed Staff)
- Paul N. Svingen, DMin., ELCA Interim Consultant/Educator; Minneapolis Area Synod Interim Pastor; Adjunct Faculty, Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Louisville, Ky.
THE JOURNEY BETWEEN: INTENTIONAL INTERIM MINISTRY
A Short Course for Judicatory Leaders, Trained Interim Pastors, and Conventionally Called Pastors
- Spirit in the Desert Lutheran Retreat Center, Carefree, AZ - February 20-22, 2013
This short course of twelve contact hours is designed specifically to present an abbreviated and intense overview of the work of intentional interim ministry with congregations in transition. This overview is intended for trained interim pastors who want a refresher, for judicatory leaders and for conventionally called pastors who are interested in knowing how interim ministry works to their benefit during transition time.
Intentional Interim Ministry has proven to be an invaluable resource for judicatory staff and pastors when a congregation has experienced the uncertainty, sadness, confusion, and fear at the loss of its spiritual leader, for whatever reason.
This course will reacquaint trained intentional interim pastors, as well as familiarize judicatory staff and conventionally called pastors with the concepts, material, and methods used by intentional interim pastors as they help congregations work through the practical and emotional challenges that come with the change of pastoral leadership.
Topics covered in this twelve-hour event will be:
- Congregational assessment during a time of pastoral change
- Pastoral leadership during the "interim" time
- What needs to be done? Who does what? Whose job is it?
- Exercising leadership during the "interim time
- Evaluating the congregational system
- The Leadership Learning Wheel
- Transition Task Force
- Paul N. Svingen, ELCA interim consultant/educator; intentional interim pastor in Northeastern Minnesota Synod; former adjunct faculty, Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Louisville, Ky.
- Kent Garlinghouse, ELCA pastoral consultant, educator, transition specialist, Northeastern Minnesota Synod.
Registration Fee: $250 (does not include lodging and meals)
SMALL MEMBERSHIP CONGREGATION WORKSHOP
The vast majority of congregations in Protestant denominations are "small membership congregations". Membership in these congregations is under 250 and weekly worship attendance averages less than one hundred. However, most Protestant Christians are studying, worshipping, and sharing together in larger membership congregations. How do pastors give leadership to these many small congregations with declining membership? What prevents them from numerical growth? How can they become financial viable to support even part-time ministry? Do they have an important ministry in the Christian community of faith?
Pastoral leadership in these congregations requires special skills usually not provided in basic seminary training. This special three-day workshop will help leaders in their ministry in the context of the smaller congregation. Key skills are shared that will enable these pastoral leaders to work through the turbulent times that smaller congregations face. Regularly called permanent pastors, part-time pastors or intentional interim pastors serving during a time of transition will benefit from a process of skill and ability identification, examination, and development that will lead to improved self-care and healthy congregation dynamics.
Kennon L. Callahan, Small, Strong Congregations. Jossey-Bass, 2000
Bill Kemp, Holy Places, Small Spaces. Discipleship Resources, 2005
Alice Mann, Can Our Church Live?, Alban, 1999.
- Be familiar with the data from your denomination, regional judicatory, and congregation by writing a brief paper describing
your congregation's context that you will share with the group.
- Be familiar with Arlin J. Rothauge's work on "size of congregations" and Martin Saarinen's work on the "life cycle" of a congregation.
The Rev. Dr. Andrew E. Carlsson, member of the NALIP faculty.
Andy has served several "small membership" congregations as a called and an interim pastor.
Workshop Fee $495.00
Lodging and Meals (in residence) 175.00
Commuter (Meals and Usage Fee) $75.00
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COSTS (Tuition) (housing and meals additional)
- Basic Education Events (an event includes three Phases) are $1045, plus materials.
(A fee of $150.00 additional is charged for the Luther Seminary, Spirit in the Desert Lutheran Retreat Center, and Gettysburg Seminary events to cover an Insights Explorer profile instrument.)
- Continuing Education Events - tuition for 48-hour events will be $495.00 and for 72-hour events will be $650.00.
Whenever the Insights profile instrument is used, the fee will be $150.00 additional.
- Discernment events are $200.00.
SCHOLARSHIPS ARE AVAILABLE
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Deposit and Registration: Fifty percent of the tuition (and room/board) is required with your registration at least 30 days prior to an event. Full payment is due three weeks prior to the first day of the event. Tuition cannot be refunded after the beginning of an event.
Cancellations: A full refund will be granted if NALIP or a co-sponsoring institution is notified of a cancellation more than three weeks before the opening date of the NALIP event. Cancellations less than three weeks prior to an event will result in a cancellation fee equal to 25% of the event tuition. Registrations are limited and accepted on a first-pay basis. If NALIP cancels an event, full payment will be refunded, except for completed Insights profiles. In the event of a NALIP cancellation, the results of completed Insights profiles will be sent to registrants with the offer of consulting with the Insights counselor. All fees, terms and conditions are subject to change without notice.
Transfers: If a registrant determines that participation in an event at one venue is impossible for some reason and wishes to participate in training at a different venue, the registration can be transferred for a fee of $50.00.
Attendance: Participants are expected to attend all sessions of an event from the beginning time to its conclusion. It is important, especially for commuters, to have pastoral coverage arranged prior to your attending the event. A certificate of attendance/completion will not be given to anyone who misses any portion of a session.
Materials: Depending on the event, you will be given a workbook or handout material. The purchase of books and other reading material recommended will be the responsibility of participants.
Room and Board: Some of our events are scheduled with room and board available. Each site has different costs and requirements for payments. We will convey to you the information from the site about availability and cost. Any dietary or other special needs must be handled between the participant and the site staff.
Association Membership: ELCA and LC-MS participants in NALIP educational events are strongly encouraged to become members of their respective denominational interim ministry organizations – Interim Ministry Association – ELCA or Interim Ministry Conference – LC-MS. Further information about dues and membership is available on the
Members page of this web site.
Individual and judicatory inquiries are welcome.
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