NACAR Mission Statement

The North American Conference of Associates and Religious (NACAR) is a membership organization that acts as a catalyst to serve, empower and promote the Associate-Religious relationship.

NACAR Vision Statement

A vibrant, viable organization that collaborates with regional partners to promote association in all its forms.


What is NACAR?

The North American Conference of Associates and Religious (NACAR) is an inter-congregational membership organization that promotes and supports leadership within the Associate movement. 

We Believe!

  • God desires to permeate our culture with the charisms and missions of our various congregations.
  • God is serious about the future of the Associate way of life as a transformative presence in the Church and the world.
  • There is a need for an intercongregational organization that spans geographical boundaries and facilitates intercultural networking and information sharing around significant issues.
  • NACAR’s highest priority is to serve current and emerging associate leadership so that associate leaders can serve their local associate-religious community.
  • There is a need to give special attention to associate communities whose congregations are coming to fulfillment.

We are committed to:

  • Ensuring that the people of God recognize that Associate Way of Life in its various forms is an authentic call of the Holy Spirit for our world and church.
  • Ensuring that the Associates-Religious movement remains strong and dynamic.

We do this by:

  • Promoting leadership within the Associate-Religious movement through opportunities for ongoing development and leadership training.
  • Serving as a catalyst to develop and promote the Associate relationship by staying up to date on emerging trends and by sharing resources.
  • Seeking opportunities to collaborate with regional partners, and other organizations committed to faith-development and sharing of religious charisms in our world today.
  • Offering opportunities to connect, network, and share wisdom with religious congregations of various sizes, charisms, and missions.

Join us as we work to support associate leadership in carrying forward the charism and mission of religious congregations. Please consider

  • If you are not a member, please consider joining as a Community member, Individual member, or Supporting member and become a part of this movement as we give witness to this important work of the Holy Spirit in our world today.

  • If you are a Community member, encourage your Associates to join at the discounted individual membership rate. It is a great way to share leadership and responsibility.

  • Engage with us and encourage your Associate leadership to engage with us. Offer suggestions and resources so that NACAR can better serve Associate communities most in need.

  • If you are a member (Individual, Individual Community, Community listed, or Supporting), engage with us and with one another through NACAR. Know and use membership services. Share your gifts and talents.

Together we can continue to share our charisms for the sake of all creation.

Download the belief statement here.

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