Renewal Blog

  • Receiving renewal

    Feb 10, 2017 | Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal Programs

    Resting was not easy at first. It seemed that everything needed to be done. I had to delegate different tasks to others so I could rest. I also had to deliberately turn off my cell phone to provide separation from the congregation, denomination and other persons. I had to practice learning to say “No.”

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  • A way of blessing

    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

    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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  • Renewing call and clarity

    Sep 06, 2016 | Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal Programs

    The primary goal of the program was to help me renew my sense of call so that I can embark on the second five years of ministry with a fresh sense of purpose and joy. Another goal of the program was to hear cross-cultural stories, in order to better understand the experiences of immigrants and refugees in the United States.

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  • No demand

    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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