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 2014, the National Association of Lutheran Interim Pastors, (NALIP), celebrates 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 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
- Sheraton Westport Plaza Chalet, St. Louis, MO
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.
This event will precede our Annual Conference. You can attend the conference for the special rate of $100 if registering for both events.
Housing and meals are on your own and the hotel conference rate is available for the Discernment event. Register for both events for $225.
For further information about this event contact us at
BASIC EDUCATION FOR THE PRACTICE OF INTENTIONAL INTERIM MINISTRY
Six-month program, three sequential phases
- Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO
- Phase III – April 21-25, 2014
- Phase I - October 20-24 2014
- Phase III - April 13-17, 2015
- Luther Seminary, Mt Olivet Retreat Center, St. Paul, MN
- Phase III – April 22-25, 2014
- Phase I - October 27-31, 2014
- Phase III - May 4-8, 2015
- St. Francis Retreat House - Easton, PA
- Phase I - May 12-16, 2014
- Phase III - November 3-7, 2014
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.
- 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/
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.)
- Discernment Events are $125.00.
SCHOLARSHIPS ARE AVAILABLE
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.
Individual and judicatory inquiries are welcome.
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