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Lilly Endowment offering $25 million to support 'pastoral excellence'


Lilly Endowment offering $25 million to support 'pastoral excellence'

(ENS) The Lilly Endowment has announced that is offering "an open competitive grants program of up to $25 million for organizations concerned ith the state of the Christian ministry in the United States."

Organizations with public charity status that believe they are prepared to establish or enhance projects to provide Christian clergy with opportunities to sustain excellence in ministry is invited to apply, according to the announcement. Qualified organizations range from colleges to theological schools, denominational offices to church conference centers and ministry development centers -- and from congregations to nonprofit organizations with an interest in the ministry. The grants will range from $250,000 to $2 million for use over a period of three to five years.

"What experiences most help pastors sustain excellence in their ministries throughout a lifetime of faithful service?" asked Craig Dykstra, vice president for religion at the endowment. "What organizations are best positioned to support pastors well and to implement programs that will provide them with opportunities essential for maintaining healthy and vital ministries? These are the key questions to which this grants program seeks to find answers."

For further information contact the web site at www.pastoralexcellence.org or call the endowment at 317-916-7351. Grant proposals must be postmarked no later than June 25, 2002 and awards will be announced October 1.

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