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Our primary aim in religion is to deepen and enrich the religious lives of American Christians, principally by supporting efforts that enhance the vitality of congregations. We seek to ensure that congregations have a steady stream of wise, faithful and well-prepared leaders. We also support efforts that help Christians draw on the wisdom of their theological traditions as they strive to understand and respond to contemporary challenges and live their faith more fully. In addition, we work to foster public understanding about religion and help lift up in fair and accurate ways the contributions that people of diverse religious faiths make to our greater civic well-being.

Through the Thriving in Ministry Initiative, the Endowment seeks to help pastors thrive in congregational leadership and, in doing so, enhance the vitality of the churches they serve.
The initiative is open to charitable organizations in the United States that want to develop new or strengthen existing programs that connect pastors with experienced clergy who can serve as role models and guide them through key leadership challenges at critical moments in their ministerial careers.
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