T hrough the Thriving in Ministry Initiative, the Endowment seeks to support charitable organizations – especially organizations committed to supporting pastoral leaders in congregations – located in the United States in developing new or strengthening existing programs that help pastors build relationships with experienced clergy who can serve as role models and exemplars and guide them through key leadership challenges at critical moments in their ministerial careers. The primary aim is to help pastors thrive in congregational leadership and, in doing so, enhance the vitality of the congregations they serve.


Though the Endowment is interested in supporting a variety of approaches, it is especially interested in supporting efforts that: 1) attend to key professional transitions in a pastor’s career and/or 2) focus on challenges posed by particular ministry contexts and settings. The Endowment anticipates awarding approximately 30 grants of up to $ 1 million each to charitable organizations that submit exceptionally promising proposals that advance the aim of the initiative and demonstrate the capacity of the organization to design, implement and sustain a high-quality program.


The application process for this initiative is now closed. Proposals were due at the Endowment by June 1, 2018. The Endowment expects to make final grant announcements in October 2018.