Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal Programs at Christian Theological Seminary seek to strengthen Christian congregations through renewal and reflection. National and Indiana Clergy Renewal Programs provide an opportunity for pastors to step away from the persistent obligations of daily parish life and 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.

National and Indiana Clergy Renewal Programs are open to Christian congregations whose pastors are serious about parish ministry and who can envision the program as a means of renewing the pastor’s commitment to the congregation and ordained ministry. The annual programs are designed for those congregations and pastors who have a strong relationship with one another, a high degree of mutual trust and support, and are eager to see their relationship strengthened, renewed and continued.

Details and application materials for the 2020 programs are now available. In the 2020 Lilly Endowment National Clergy Renewal Program and the 2020 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.

Read our story about a Clergy Renewal grant recipient’s experience, and explore other guest posts on CTS’ blog series featuring pastors who have participated in either the Indiana or National renewal programs.

Visit the Christian Theological Seminary for more information or contact the Rev. Robert Saler or the Rev. Callie Smith,



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