National Association of Lutheran Interim Pastors (NALIP)
NALIP is a pan-Lutheran body currently made up of two member Associations: the Interim Ministry Association of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (IMA-ELCA) and the Interim Ministry Conference of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (IMC-LCMS). NALIP’s goals are to:
- Promote general awareness of intentional interim ministry and its issues,
- Advocate high performance standards in its practice,
- Support the Church’s servants called to interim ministry,
- Develop and offer programs for the training and continuing education of Lutheran interim ministry practitioners, and
- Exercise good stewardship of resources, and pursue sources of funding.
Each year NALIP sponsors an annual conference featuring quality continuing education, personal and professional networking, and an opportunity to talk with local judicatory leaders about interim ministry issues.
Interim Ministry Network
Since 1980, the Interim Ministry Network has dedicated itself to the health and wellness of church congregations. The wellness of churches is influenced by three kinds of learned leadership skills: prevention of unhealthy practices before they take root, maintenance of congregational health during times of stress or change, and restorative care when it is required.
The Alban Institute
Founded in 1974, The Alban Institute is an ecumenical interfaith organization which supports congregations through book publishing, educational seminars, consulting services, and research. It offers practical assistance in working with congregations, garnered by continually learning from — and sharing that knowledge with — thousands of congregations and denominational bodies. Alban is dedicated to pursuing new knowledge in the fields of sociology, human relations, and organizational development, and disseminating original research through books, educational seminars, and consulting and training services.
The Lombard Mennonite Peace Center (LMPC)
LMPC is a non-profit ministry that works to encourage the nonviolent transformation of conflict in relationships in homes, workplaces, schools, churches, and throughout our world. Its programs and resources address ways of resolving conflicts and building healthier relationships in all of these various settings.