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 2015 programs are now available. In the 2015 Lilly Endowment National Clergy Renewal Program and the 2015 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.

2015 Indiana Informational Meeting – The 2015 Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal Program for Indiana Congregations informational meeting will be at Christian Theological Seminary on Tuesday, November 4, 2014, from 1–3 pm in the Shelton Auditorium. >> Explore



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  • Where we dream the world

    Posted Nov 05, 2014 | Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal Programs

    By Callie J. Smith | Educator and activist Parker J. Palmer wrote a recent piece for the On Being blog whose title alone suggests volumes: “The Modern Violence of Over-Work.” Over-work is an issue. As needful as rest is for clergy, it’s needful for laity, too. Unique as the pastor’s roles are, and uniquely relentless as the pastor’s responsibilities can be, clergy inhabit these roles and responsibilities in a larger culture which itself struggles with imbalance.

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  • Spiritual sources for thinking about sabbatical: Practices

    Posted Aug 06, 2014 | Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal Programs

    By Robert C. Saler | As we turn now, in this series, to Christian sources for thinking about the theology and spirituality of sabbath, we are in a position to carry forward one of the most important lessons learned from both the Hebrew Bible and the work of such Jewish thinkers as Abraham Joshua Heschel: in order for sabbatical to be truly effective, it must be part of a larger rhythm of spiritual life and not simply an occasional occurrence.

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