Disciples’ congregations will again have an opportunity to participate in the National Clergy Renewal Program. The Lilly Endowment Inc. invites Christian congregations to apply for grants of up to $50,000 for clergy renewal. In its 12th year, the grants allow pastors to take extended sabbaticals for a time of reflecting and renewal. Part of the grant also may be used to help the congregation pay for worship and pastoral care support while the pastor is away.
The goal of the Clergy Renewal Program is to provide pastors with an opportunity to briefly step away from the persistent obligations of daily parish life, so that they may regain enthusiasm and creativity for ministry. The endowment anticipates awarding as many as 150 grants of up to $50,000 each. A full description of the grants program, along with information on how to apply, is available at www.clergyrenewal.org.