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, a private foundation, seeks to deepen and enrich the lives of Christians in the United States. It does this primarily by seeking out and supporting efforts that enhance the vitality of congregations and strengthen pastoral leadership of Christian communities.

To this end, National and Indiana Clergy Renewal Programs provide an opportunity for pastors to step away briefly from the demands of daily parish life and discover what will make their hearts sing through well-planned purposeful activities. Renewal leaves are not vacations; rather they allow for times of intentional exploration and reflection, and regaining enthusiasm and creativity for ministry.

2024 Proposal Window Now Closed

The 2024 program year proposal window is closed. Congregations who submitted proposals can expect a response about the status of their proposal on August 30. We will not receive any additional proposals in support of leaves planned in 2025.

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?

December 19, 2023
2023 Clergy Renewal Program Information Webinar describes the programs, explains how to submit a proposal, where to find current application materials, and provides answers to commonly asked questions.

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Contact us

If you have questions not answered in the Applying, Grant Seekers, or Current Grantees sections linked at the top of this page, please complete this Contact form. Program details can be found in the Request for Proposals available for download on the Applying and Grant Seekers pages.

Please be aware this form will only accept one inquiry per email address. If you previously used this form, please send us an email instead: and one of our staff will happily respond to you.

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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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To ask questions regarding eligibility, application procedures, already-received grants, or other topics, the quickest way to contact us is through email:


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CRP News & Press Releases

Clergy Renewal Program
December 6, 2023

Christian Theological Seminary Announces Over 200 Congregations Awarded Lilly Endowment 2023 Clergy Renewal Program Grants

Christian Theological Seminary, an ecumenical seminary based in Indianapolis, today announces 229 congregations from across the United States have been…
Clergy Renewal Program
October 14, 2022

Christian Theological Seminary Announces 197 Congregations Awarded Lilly Endowment 2022 Clergy Renewal Program Grants

Note to media: Please check the list of recipients in the body of this release to see if a congregation(s)…
Clergy Renewal ProgramPress
October 5, 2021

190 Congregations Awarded Lilly Endowment 2021 Clergy Renewal Program Grants

En Español Register here for an informational webinar about the 2022 Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal Programs from 1 - 2:30…