As an organization of organizations, individuals do not join NAICL. Rather, NAICL works with members of our financially committed member institutions around Coconino County.
Local institutions, including congregations, schools, neighborhood organizations, business alliances, employee groups, etc. are eligible for membership if:
- 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.