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.
In the 2018 National and Indiana Clergy Renewal Programs, 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.