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Orthodox Christian clergy and the parishes they serve may want to take advantage of grant awards being offered through the Lilly Endowment’s Clergy Renewal Programs for 2018.

Through its religion grant making, Lilly Endowment seeks to deepen and enrich the lives of American Christians largely through initiatives to enhance and sustain the quality of ministry in American congregations and parishes.  The program is administered by the Center for Pastoral Excellence at Indianapolis’ Christian Theological Seminary.

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, and for regaining enthusiasm and creativity for ministry.

Eligible congregations may apply for grants of up to $50,000.00 each to support a renewal program for their pastors.  Up to $15,000.00 of the grant may be used for congregational expenses associated with the renewal program.

Full descriptions of program guidelines and eligibility and online application materials for the 2018 Lilly Endowment National Clergy Renewal Program and the 2018 Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal Program for Indiana Congregations are now available.  The deadline for submitting applications is April 13, 2018.

Lilly Endowment Inc. is an Indianapolis-based private philanthropic foundation created in 1937 by J. K. Lilly and his two sons, Eli and J. K. Jr., with gifts of stock in their pharmaceutical company.  The Endowment exists to support the causes of religion, education and community development.