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 2016 programs are now available. In the 2016 Lilly Endowment National Clergy Renewal Program and the 2016 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.

2016 Indiana Informational Meeting – The 2016 Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal Program for Indiana Congregations informational meeting will be at Christian Theological Seminary on November 12, 2015, from 1:30–3:30 pm in CTS Room 122. 

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  • Empowering for people

    Posted Feb 03, 2016 | Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal Programs

    Our primary goals for the congregation and for our pastor were in reclaiming and honoring sacred connections. We sought to strengthen our identity as a whole and diverse community of faith... St. John’s has struggled for many years to reclaim its identity and to be thought of as a vibrant and worthy community of faith. To be recognized and have received the Clergy Renewal grant was affirming and confidence building for the entire community.

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  • Plan early and communicate often

    Posted Jan 07, 2016 | Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal Programs

    Our theme for the sabbatical summer was “home again,” which was derived from Diana Butler Bass’s book The Practicing Congregation: Imagining a New Old Church, as well as T.S. Eliot’s poem The Four Quartets. The congregation came home again by participating in creative worship by inviting members to interpret the sabbatical theme and lead us musically throughout the summer...

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