Basic Education for the Practice of Interim Ministry (Planting Phase)

The NALIP (National Association of Lutheran Interim Pastors) Basic Education curriculum is designed for clergy and lay professionals to introduce participants 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. It is also helpful for those who would serve as interim principals in Christian Day Schools. 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 noon on Monday and concluding at noon on Friday with a total of at least 60 contact hours.

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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 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 ELCA 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 synod structure and polity. That vision has now borne fruit. NALIP is pleased to announce upcoming educational opportunities for Lutheran Intentional Interim Ministry.



November 4-8, 2013: Basic Education for the Practice of Interim Ministry (Planting Phase)
Three phases, two 30-hour residential sessions plus a fieldwork project.

The NALIP Basic Education curriculum is designed for clergy and lay professionals to introduce participants 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. It is also helpful for those who would serve as interim principals in Christian Day Schools.

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 noon 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) 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. This could be carried out while serving in your present place.

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.


  • Basic Education events are $1,045, plus materials.
  • Housing and meals additional.
  • Click here for information about available scholarships.

To register, please send completed registration form, along with payment to Concordia Seminary, Continuing Education, 801 Seminary Place, St. Louis, MO 63105 or fax to (314) 505-7393. Checks should be made payable to Concordia Seminary.

Questions may be directed to info@nalip.net.



Deposit & 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 14 days prior to the start of the event. Tuition cannot be refunded after the beginning of an event. Cancellations prior to the event due to emergencies will result in 25% of the tuition being retained by the co-sponsoring organizations for administrative costs. Registrations are limited and accepted on a first-pay basis. If NALIP cancels an event, your full payment will be refunded. All fees, terms and conditions are subject to change without notice.

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 & 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 LCMS 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 – LCMS. Further information about dues and membership is available on the Members page of the NALIP Web site (www.nalip.net).