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).

All 2016 applicants will be notified by letter to congregational mailing address by late August 2016 about award decisions.

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  • No demand

    Posted Aug 02, 2016 | Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal Programs

    I wanted to develop a rhythm in my life and my family’s life in which Sabbath became, not shoe-horning a desperate day off, but living life in all-sufficient seven-day units. Instead of racing, overloading schedules, and collapsing into the occasional week off, I wanted to engage in spiritual, emotional, physical, and intellectual growth each week.

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  • How comfortable I became

    Posted Jul 07, 2016 | Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal Programs

    My goals were to reconnect in relationship with my daughters and find renewal for ministry and soul through Celtic spirituality and Irish landscape. The program allowed me to spend three weeks with my daughter who had previously lived out of the country for eight years. We were able to share significant time together and reconnect in new ways. Unplugging from 24/7 ministry for an extended period was essential for my continuance in ministry.

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