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On behalf of its Member Associations, NALIP supports and renews Lutheran congregations in transition.

NALIP-Sponsored Educational Opportunities

Intentional Interim Ministry is a focused approach for guiding congregations through 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 three decades, and Interim Process has been developed and shaped for bridging, in a highly productive way, the time between called pastors.

In 2014 the National Association of Lutheran Interim Pastors celebrated the 20th 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 policy. That vision has now borne fruit. NALIP is pleased to announce upcoming educational opportunities for Lutheran intentional Interim Ministry.

Six-month program, three sequential phases

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 costs. Housing costs vary with each venue. Some training teams require additional preparatory work for which there is a fee. Additional costs are noted with the individual registration forms. Event subject to cancellation if enrollment fails to meet necessary minimum number of registrations thirty days before scheduled start date.


  • Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO
    • Phase I — April 11-15, 2016
    • Phase III — October 24-28, 2016

  • Luther Seminary, Mt Olivet Retreat Center, St. Paul, MN
    • Phase III — April 18-22, 2016
    • Phase I — October 24-28, 2016
    • Phase III — April 24-28, 2017

  • St. Francis Retreat House - Easton, PA
    • Phase I — May 2-6, 2016 Registration deadline: Deadline April 4, 2016
    • Phase III — October 3-7, 2016

  • CNH District Office, Livermore, CA
    • Phase III — February 1-5, 2016

  • Northeast Ohio Synod (ELCA)
    • Phase I — April 4-8, 2016
    • Phase III — Oct. 31 - Nov. 4, 2016


  • Concordia Seminary (St. Louis, MO): Click Here
  • Luther Seminary (St. Paul, MN): Click Here
  • St. Francis Retreat House (Easton, PA): Click Here
  • California-Nevada-Hawaii District – LCMS (Livermore, CA): Click Here


St. Francis Retreat House - Easton, PA

  • Accommodations at St Francis are private rooms with private baths. Cost is for room, meals, coffee, drinks and use of the facility throughout the day. St. Francis Retreat House is located at 3918 Chipman Road, Easton, PA 18045 Check the website for information on the retreat house http://www.stfrancisretreathouse.org/

Concordia Seminary and Luther Seminary

  • Registration for training at these seminaries is done through the continuing education offices of the seminaries. The links above will take you to their respective sites. Housing information is with their registration information.

California-Nevada-Hawaii District, LC-MS, Livermore, CA
You are responsible for making your own hotel reservations.

  • Hampton Inn The phone number for the Hampton Inn is 925-606-6400. 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.

  • Holiday Inn Express An alternate hotel suggestion is the Holiday Inn Express at 3000 Constitution Drive, Livermore, CA 94551. The phone number is (925) 961-9600.

  • Food Lunch and snacks will cost $50. Please have cash or check available for this on the first day of training. The Hampton Inn provide a complimentary breakfast and a Manager's Reception (Monday - Thursday) in the evening that are included in the hotel costs. The Holiday Inn Express has a complimentary breakfast.

  • Transportation For those flying to the training, the closest airport is the Oakland airport. Public transportation from Oakland starts with a shuttle bus from the airport to the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) station. Take the BART to Livermore. If you are staying at the Hampton Inn use the West Dublin/Pleasanton stop. If you are staying at the Holiday Inn Express, use the Dublin/Pleasanton stop. You will need to take a tai from the BART stop to the hotel. Neither hotel runs a shuttle service currently.

Northeast Ohio Synod

  • The Northeast Ohio Synod (ELCA) is sponsoring a training program at St Stephen Lutheran Church 3725 Kent Rd. Stow, OH 44224. While pastors in this class will come primarily from this synod, the training is open to all interested pastors. The synod office staff will handle the registration and receive your payment for the training. Hotel and other information is available from the synod office. For information on the training and arrangements please contact The Rev. Karl Biermann, Assistant to the Bishop of the Northeast Ohio Synod. Email him at or call the office at (330) 929-9022, ext 31.

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 events to cover an Insights Explorer profile instrument.)

A limited number of scholarships are available for Basic Education Events.
Please click here for more information.

Please see links above for registration to specific courses.


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.

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Individual and judicatory inquiries are welcome.

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2016 Annual Conference

June 9-11, 2016

Alexis Park All Suite Hotel
375 E. Harmon Ave.
Las Vegas, Nevada 89169

This is a non-gaming hotel
located 1 mile from the airport.

Thanks to all who made the 2015 Annual Conference with Peter Steinke a great time.

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