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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  • Empowering lay ministry

    Posted Jun 08, 2016 | Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal Programs

    Our goal was to experience renewal by gong on pilgrimage, both as pastor and as congregation. As pastor, I identified a number of sacred sites to visit and was thrilled to be able to visit all of them. I was also able to experience four weeks of rest in which to read, reflect and write. This time was especially renewing.

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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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