Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal Programs

Welcome to the Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal Programs
at Christian Theological Seminary

Seeking to strengthen Christian congregations through renewal and reflection

Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal Programs are administered by the Center for Pastoral Excellence at Christian Theological Seminary. Through its religion grantmaking, Lilly Endowment, an Indianapolis-based, private philanthropic foundation, seeks to deepen and enrich the lives of American Christians. It does this largely through initiatives to enhance and sustain the quality of ministry in American congregations and parishes. To this end, National and Indiana Clergy Renewal Programs provide an opportunity for pastors to step away briefly from the persistent obligations of daily parish life and engage in a period of renewal and reflection. Renewal periods are not vacations but times for intentional exploration and reflection, for drinking again from God’s life-giving waters, for regaining enthusiasm and creativity for ministry.

2023 Awards Notifications

Congregations who submitted proposals to the 2023 Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal Programs may expect to receive an email regarding a decision no later than Thursday, August 31. Congregations interested in submitting proposals to the 2024 Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal Programs in support of renewal leaves that take place in 2025 may return to this webpage in early November when we publish the 2024 Request for Proposals (RFP) here. In the meantime, we encourage you to download and review the current RFP as a reliable guide for what to expect in the 2024 edition.

Resources for Grant Seekers

Videos, Request for Proposals booklets and handouts for Clergy Renewal Program grant seekers.

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Resources for Current Grantees

Press releases and final reporting information for current Clergy Renewal Program grantees.

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2023 Informational Webinar

What will make your heart sing?

November 4, 2022
This recording of our live Information Webinar hosted by our Director, Dr. Rob Saler, includes a word from our Lilly Endowment Program Director, offers an overview of the programs, highlights important information about how to apply, and answers audience questions.

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Please feel free to contact us with questions about the Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal Programs, including questions relating to application procedures, eligibility, and management of current grants. We are also happy to help arrange publicity opportunities related to the programs.  Complete the form below to let us know that you would like additional information.

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Note: Please do not contact Lilly Endowment directly with questions related to the programs.

The Center for Pastoral Excellence at Christian Theological Seminary administers these programs on behalf of the Endowment. We also ask that you not contact us to verify receipt of an application. Applicants are notified by email once their applications have been received. The Center does not make available copies of past grant proposals.


Robert Saler headshot
Associate Dean for Evaluation and Assessment, Associate Professor of Theology and Culture, Executive Director of Center for Pastoral Excellence and the Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal Programs
Karen Bozzone headshot
Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal Programs Administrative Assistant


Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal Programs at Christian Theological Seminary
1000 West 42nd Street
Indianapolis, IN 46208
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