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.

Details and application materials for the 2017 programs are now available. In the 2017 Lilly Endowment National Clergy Renewal Program and the 2017 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.

2017 Indiana Informational Meeting – The 2017 Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal Program for Indiana Congregations informational meeting will be at Christian Theological Seminary on November 14, 2016, from 1:30–3:30 pm in the CTS Shelton Auditorium. 

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  • A way of blessing

    Posted Jan 06, 2017 | Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal Programs

    We recognized that while our pastor occasionally took vacations during more than 30 years of his pastorate, he had never taken a long time away from us. So, in seeking the Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal Program grant, it was our goal to say to him: “We love you, appreciate your hard work with us, and want to see you and Sister Shirley take some time and enjoy doing what you want.”

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  • Ending strong

    Posted Dec 12, 2016 | Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal Programs

    The renewal leave provided me the first extended time for refocusing and personal renewal. In the past I would take perhaps a week or 2 or 3 days, but even so, I was focusing on my next Sunday sermon and did not have the freedom to really just zero in on me. During this time, I connected again with something that had been one of my early aspirations – writing.

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