Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal Programs

Special Statement About COVID-19

We at the Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal Programs are, like many of you, watching the situation with the worldwide spread of COVID-19 closely. We are particularly aware of how travel plans have been disrupted, and we realize that there is a great deal of uncertainty around future travel plans. To that end, if you feel as though your renewal leave plans are or will be impacted by these disruptions, we encourage you to contact our offices. Our hope is that, even if certain travel portions of the leave need to be delayed or rethought, that congregations and pastors will still be able to pursue a renewal plan that will be beneficial to the ministry. We look forward to working with you to determine how best that can happen in each case.

For those wishing to apply to the 2020 Clergy Renewal Program for Indiana Congregations and the National Clergy Renewal Program, the deadline for that application has been extended. The application deadline is now June 5th, 2020 (rather than April 1st). Announcement of award decisions will now be going out by mid-October (rather than end of August). Those who have already submitted a 2020 application may submit an updated application by the new deadline if anything in their application needs to change.


Seeking to strengthen Christian congregations through renewal and reflection

Welcome to the Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal Programs at Christian Theological Seminary!

Lilly Endowment's Clergy Renewal Programs are administered by the Center for Pastoral Excellence at Christian Theological Seminary. 

Through its religion grantmaking, Lilly Endowment, an Indianapolis-based, private philanthropic foundation, seeks to deepen and enrich the lives of American Christians. It does this largely through initiatives to enhance and sustain the quality of ministry in American congregations and parishes.

To this end, National and Indiana Clergy Renewal Programs provide an opportunity for pastors to step away briefly from the persistent obligations of daily parish life and to engage in a period of renewal and reflection. Renewal periods are not vacations but times for intentional exploration and reflection, for drinking again from God's life-giving waters, for regaining enthusiasm and creativity for ministry.

Details and application materials for the 2020 programs are now available. In the 2020 Lilly Endowment National Clergy Renewal Program and the 2020 Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal Program for Indiana Congregations, eligible congregations will be able to apply for grants of up to $50,000 each to support a renewal program for their pastor. Up to $15,000 of the grant may be used for congregational expenses associated with the renewal program.
2020 Indiana Informational Meeting – The 2020 Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal Program for Indiana Congregations informational meeting will be at Christian Theological Seminary on November 4, 2019, from 1:30-3:30 pm in Sweeney Chapel.

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