September 22, 2006

Lilly Endowment announces
clergy renewal program

Lilly Endowement Inc. is again funding its Clergy Renewal Program for Indiana congregations in 2007.

Through the program, the endowment offers congregations up to 40 grants of up to $45,000 each to support a renewal program for their pastors. Up to $15,000 of that amount may be used to help the congregation fulfill pastoral duties during the pastor’s absence and/or to support renewal activities for the congregation itself.

Pastors use the time to travel to various parts of the world, renew ties with family and friends, explore a new interest or develop an old one, read and write, and study other Churches and missions.

The program is open to all Indiana congregations that have an ordained pastor.

Applications must be postmarked by Jan. 30, 2007, and recipients will be notified by late May 2007.

An information meeting about the program for Indiana pastors and congregational representatives will be held Sept. 28 from 1 to 4 p.m. at North United Methodist Church, 3808 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis. Those who would like to attend should fill out the invitation card that accompanies the application (or that is available on the endowment’s Web site) and return it to the endowment.

For more information, log on to and click on Religion; call 317-916-7350; e-mail; or write Jean M. Smith, program director, Lilly Endowment, 2801 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46208. †


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