- The institution has a tradition of life-affirming values;
- The institution believes in the democratic process; and
- The institution has individual or family members and a structure of leadership and decision making.
All NAICL member institutions contribute in four ways:
- Building an institutional organizing team;
- Participating in the stewardship campaign that helps finance the organization;
- Acting in concert with the NAICL strategy, regional clusters and clergy caucuses; and
- Involving their members and neighbors in the surrounding community to work on behalf of the common good.
NAICL uses the broad-based institutional model pioneered by the Industrial Areas Foundation. All learning is based on the “Iron Rule”: Never do for others what they can do for themselves. Professional organizers and senior NAICL leaders assist congregations with:
- Institutional development;
- Leader identification and training;
- Community outreach;
- Strategic Actions to benefit the community;
- “Public Friendships” in an intentionally diverse environment; and
- Development of a culture of reflection and accountability, connecting faith traditions and values.