National Clergy Renewal Program – Available to full-time ordained pastors




National Clergy Renewal Program – Available to full-time ordained pastors


The Lilly Endowment National Clergy RenewalProgram at Christian Theological Seminary (CTS) seeks to strengthen Christian congregations by providing opportunities 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 regaining the enthusiasm and creativity for ministry, for discovering what will make the pastor’s heart sing.

We at the Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal Programs are, like many of you, watching the situation with the worldwide spread of COVID-19 closely. We are particularly aware of how travel plans have been disrupted, and we realize that there is a great deal of uncertainty around future travel plans. To that end, if you feel as though your renewal leave plans are or will be impacted by these disruptions, we encourage you to contact our offices. Our hope is that, even if certain travel portions of the leave need to be delayed or rethought, that congregations and pastors will still be able to pursue a renewal plan that will be beneficial to the ministry. We look forward to working with you to determine how best that can happen in each case. CTS plans to award as many as 125 grants to the congregations that submit the most outstanding applications.


Congregations in any of 49 states in the United States, except Indiana, may apply. Congregations in Puerto Rico may also apply. (CTS administers a separate program for Indiana congregations.)

The Clergy Renewal Program is designed to support pastors serving local congregations and parishes. Thus, CTS will not accept applications for renewal programs for clergy serving military bases (whether in the U.S. or overseas), or for chaplains in colleges, universities, hospitals or prisons.

Congregations may apply for a clergy renewal program grant for any of its eligible ordained pastors. A joint proposal may be submitted for husband-and-wife co-pastors. SEE APPLICATION FOR MORE DETAILS


Up to $50,000

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.


Wednesday March 13, 2024 11:59 pm