Lilly Endowment offering $25 million to support
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.
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
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