Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal Programs

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.

Watch here for the November 2016 announcement of future opportunities for eligible congregations 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).

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  • Home Again

    Posted May 03, 2016 | Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal Programs

    The impact upon the congregation was positive and focused. The church offered the sabbatical as a gift to myself and my family. The vast majority of congregants were genuinely rooting for me in the long waiting period between submission of the application and confirmation of selection. The congregation burst into spontaneous applause when they learned that we had been selected by the Clergy Renewal Program.

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  • A freshness and renewal going on

    Posted Apr 04, 2016 | Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal Programs

    While Pastor Pam was on sabbatical, Prince of Peace Lutheran Church entered into a period of discovery about how we as a congregation can reach out beyond the congregation, into our community, to carry out ministry. We are a small congregation, and finding new leaders is always a challenge for us. One goal while she was on sabbatical was to continue to develop leadership among the people we have.

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