Christian Theological Seminary Announces 26 Indiana Congregations Awarded
Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal Program Grants
Christian Theological Seminary, in its role of administering the Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal Programs, has awarded 26 grants to congregations in 18 Indiana communities. The 2015 Clergy Renewal Program for Indiana Congregations allows congregations to support their pastors with the gift of extended time away from ministerial duties and responsibilities. Pastors use the respite from congregational leadership for reflection and renewal, including travel, scholarly research and immersive experiences with various cultures and traditions.
Congregations awarded the Clergy Renewal Program grants nominated their pastors to receive the honor. Pastors in the 2015 program lead Protestant, Catholic and nondenominational congregations. Each recipient, in consultation with the congregation, determines how he or she will use the grant to replenish, restore and renew his or her ministry. Travel to domestic and international destinations and journeys into nature are popular activities for grant recipients. One pastor plans to travel to various locations to participate in triathlons in order to reflect on the relationship between bodily and spiritual health. Another pastor will tour national parks in order to reconnect with her spirituality through immersion in nature.
Congregations were invited to apply for program grants of up to $50,000. The application process was participatory in nature, involving congregations in the design and development of the renewal experience.
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