Lilly Endowment Challenge Grant to CTS

“This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24 (NIV)

Dear Friend of CTS:

We have some exciting news to share with you! We have received an extraordinary gift from Lilly Endowment Inc. that will enhance our ability to prepare pastors, ministers and counselors to serve the church and the world with creativity, energy and thanksgiving. We use the word “extraordinary” because it is one of the largest grants made to a seminary in the history of Lilly Endowment.

This incredible gesture of confidence by Lilly Endowment signals to the world that a powerful spirit of renewal is permeating all aspects of our lives together at CTS.

With initial funds provided by Lilly Endowment, we will thrive in the 21st century with new and innovative programs such as the Center for Pastoral Excellence, addition of crucial staff and renovation of classrooms, the CTS Café, Common Room and visitors’ entrance. Seventy-five percent of the funds necessary to complete these exciting projects are provided to us through the grant.

Expectations are high for CTS, however. We need to do our part and raise twenty-five percent of the necessary funds to complete these important projects and to financially sustain them WHILE ensuring that our ever-present operating expenses are funded through the Annual Fund.

Your tax-deductible gift to the CTS Annual Fund will help us fulfill our promise to Lilly Endowment.

More important, however, your gift will help us fulfill our promise to our students and to the church. Please help us today to transform expectations into blessed realities with your gift to the CTS Annual Fund.  Make your gift to CTS right now on our secure online donation site.

The Lord has given CTS a new day. Please rejoice with us and be glad.


Melissa Stone Hickman
Vice President for Seminary Advancement