Welcome to the Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal Programs
at Christian Theological Seminary
Seeking to strengthen Christian congregations through renewal and reflection
Lilly Endowment’s 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.
Watch here for the November announcement of future opportunities for eligible congregations to apply for grants of up to $50,000 each in support of a renewal program for their pastor. Up to $15,000 of the grant may be used for congregational expenses associated with pastor’s renewal program and congregational renewal activities.
2022 Program Notifications
Award decision notification emails went out on on August 31, 2022.
2022 Informational Webinar
What will make your heart sing?
November 3, 2021
The 2022 Clergy Renewal Programs Information Session took the form of a webinar this year, and we're placing a recording of it online as a resource to share with your colleagues and congregation.
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.
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.
Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal Programs at Christian Theological Seminary
1000 West 42nd Street
Indianapolis, IN 46208
To ask questions regarding eligibility, application procedures, already-received grants, or other topics, the quickest way to contact us is through email: