Grants available for clergy renewal leaves

Program for pastors, congregations funded by Lilly Endowment

January 2, 2014


The Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal Programs  at Christian Theological Seminary is accepting proposals for grants to fund “clergy renewal leaves” for congregations and their pastors.

Under the program ― underwritten by the Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment ― congregations may apply for grants of up to $50,000 to underwrite a renewal program for their pastor and for the pastor’s family, with up to $15,000 of those funds available to the congregation to help cover costs for ministerial supply while the pastor is away.

There is no cost to the congregations or the pastors to apply; the grants represent the Endowment’s continued investment in renewing the health and vitality of American Christian congregations.

For more information, go to the Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal Program website.

  1. Our church Olivet Presbyterian Church of Staten Island would be interested in applying for this grant money, since our pastor will be going on a three month renewal leave in 2016. Please sent me some more information. Thank you.

    by Justina Sais

    June 9, 2014

  2. With grant applications, sometimes there is the opportunity to have a one time conversation with a staff person to make sure the applicant is on the right track. Is there someone that I could speak with regarding my application? If so, could you please call me at (916) 607-2026. Thank you.

    by Pamela Anderson

    March 11, 2014

  3. $50,000 sounds like a lot. I understand about the pastor's renewal program, but where does the family fit it? Are there any particular stipulations such as length of time the pastor is away, where he will be going, etc.? Interested---

    by Joan Harris-Walker

    January 3, 2014