The Lilly Endowment is again offering pastors an opportunity to step away from their responsibilities for a period of renewal and reflection. A primary goal of the 2010 National Clergy Renewal Program is to strengthen congregations by allowing their leaders time for intentional exploration and spiritual contemplation. Christian congregations may apply to the endowment for grants of up to $50,000.
Up to $15,000 of the Lilly Endowment grants can be used to pay for worship and pastoral care support while the pastor is away, as well as for renewal activities within the congregation. Pastors who apply for the grants are invited to include their families in the renewal activities. Deadline for submission of proposals is June 21. To find application materials and more information on all aspects the sabbatical program, go to: www.clergyrenewal.org