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, 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 celebrated the 20th anniversary of its founding by a small group of visionary interim pastors. An important component of their dream was to produce an 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.
BASIC EDUCATION FOR THE PRACTICE OF INTENTIONAL INTERIM MINISTRY
This is a six-month program divided into 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 pre-entry, 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 supervision of your trainer and in consultation with another member of your class.
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 having a situation in which to complete Phase II 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 Phase II work.
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 to learn more about the facility. 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. Some classes register directly with the venue. Others register through NALIP. The links below will take you to the correct form to use or direct you to the venue to register.
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 — May 1-5, 2017
- Phase III— November 13-17, 2017
- Luther Seminary, Mt Olivet Retreat Center, St. Paul, MN
- Phase III — April 24-28, 2017
- Phase I — October 16-20, 2017
- Phase III — April 16-20, 2018
- St. Francis Retreat House - Easton, PA
- Florida-Georgia District (LCMS)- Orlando, FL
- Phase 1 — August 14-18, 2017 — Canterbury Retreat Center Oviedo,FL
- Phase III — February 5-9, 2018 — Florida-Georgia District Offices, Orlando, FL
- Northeast Ohio Synod (ELCA)
- Phase I — May 8-12, 2017
- Phase III — November 6-10, 2017
NALIP seeks additional venues for the educational events and encourages district or synod sponsorship for the training. This will reduce the travel costs for pastors seeking this important educational experience. If interested, please contact the NALIP office about possible arrangements.
Concordia Seminary and Luther Seminary
- Registration for training at these seminaries is done through the continuing education offices of the seminaries.
The links below will take you to their respective sites. Housing information is with their registration information.
St. Francis Retreat House - Easton, PA
- More information coming soon.
Florida-Georgia District – Orlando, FL
- The Florida-Georgia District (LCMS) is sponsoring a training program in the Orlando, Florida area. While pastors in this class will come primarily from this district, the training is open to all interested pastors. The District Office will handle the registration and receive payment for the training. Hotel and other information are available from the District office. For information on the training and arrangements please contact Kathy Keene, Administrative Assistant to District President. Email her at KKeene@flgadistrict.org or call the office at (877) 457-5556 ext 8. Please note that the housing and meals costs for the two resident phases are different.
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.
New for 2017...
ADVANCED TRAINING IN TRANSITIONS: A WORKSHOP FOR INTERIM PASTORS
Thursday, June 1, 2017
10:00AM to 8:00PM
Pacifica Synod Office
1801 Park Court Place Bldg C
Santa Ana, CA 92701
Learning Topics to be included:
- Five Focus Points and the Developmental Tasks
- Vision and Mission During the Interim
- How the Interim Process Tasks Have Changed
- Overview of Best Practices and Trends
- One or Two Topics Additional Topics Requested by Early Registrants
Learning methods will include a balance of direct instruction, shared materials and group discussion.
NALIP offers this event with supporting co-sponsors: The Pacifica Synod, ELCA, and the Pacific Southwest District, LCMS.
This event is ideal for trained and experienced Intentional Interim Pastors who have completed training under NALIP, IMN (or equivalent 60 hours) or pastors who have district training along with a minimum of one interim assignment completed. Limited to 25 participants.
Norman Bendroth, editor, Transitional Ministry Today, 2015
Peter Steinke, Teaching Fish to Walk, 2016
$75.00 (includes lunch and dinner meals)
Monday, May 15, 2017
To register contact the Pacifica Synod office at (714) 692-2791 or email
Rachel Line is our contact there. The synod has an on-line registration form.
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.)
SCHOLARSHIPS ARE AVAILABLE
A limited number of scholarships are available for Basic Education Events.
Please click here for more information.
- Concordia Seminary (St. Louis, MO): Click Here
- Luther Seminary (St. Paul, MN): Click Here
- St. Francis Retreat House (Easton, PA): Click Here
- Florida-Georgia District:
Contact Kathy Keene at
or (877) 457-5556, Ext 8.
- Northeast Ohio Synod: Contact Rev. Karl Biermann at
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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