Congregationally Focused

Congregationally Focused

We strive to be a church that is organized to facilitate the ministries of local congregations in a posture of servanthood and a spirit of partnership, through the provision of resources, connections and information.

This last core value, Congregationally Focused expresses the commitment to empower all congregations. In previous affiliations, congregations pumped many of their resources into fueling a massive bureaucratic institution that had become the national church. The NALC is seeking to remain structurally lean. Remaining structurally lean allows congregations to pump more resources to fuel local ministries enabling greater participation in their own community and a greater opportunity for evangelism among their own neighbors. Many congregations have benefited from a leaner national structure and have been able to flourish in their communities. Having a lean structure does not mean that the national church leadership is distant or disconnected. Below are a few questions with their answers from the NALC website that will help us gain greater insight into the intricacies of the core value,Congregationally Focused.

Will the NALC help us find a new pastor when our pastor leaves?

Yes. The NALC has a staff member whose role includes helping congregations call a pastor. The decision who to call as a pastor always remains with the local congregation.

Does the NALC have a bishop?

Yes. Bishop John Bradosky was elected in 2011 to serve as bishop of the NALC. He was reelected in 2015. The role of bishop in the NALC is pastoral and theological rather than administrative. The bishop conducts a ministry of visitation throughout the NALC and promotes the mission of the church. A regional dean, who also serves as pastor of a local congregation, works with the bishop to provide oversight and pastoral care to pastors and congregations in each regional Mission District. A General Secretary handles administrative and operational functions for the NALC. Pastor Mark Chavez serves as General Secretary.  

Will the NALC have a large structure and a large national headquarters?

No. The NALC is committed to a very lean structure but with enough organization to help congregations in their ministries. The NALC’s focus is on assisting the ministry of congregations, not on congregations assisting the ministry of the national church.

How does NALC handle benevolence giving from congregations?

Congregations decide which ministries to support with their benevolence giving. NALC congregations are encouraged to support ministries and mission congregations directly. NALC congregations are also encouraged to support the work of the church, but ongoing administrative costs will remain limited because of the NALC’s commitment to a lean structure.

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