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2009 N AT I O N A L C L E R G Y RE N E WA L P R O G R A M
“O sing to the Lord a new song.”—Psalm 96:1
What will make your heart sing?
Lilly Endowment seeks to strengthen Christian congregations by
providing opportunities for pastors to step away briefly from
the persistent obligations of daily parish life and to engage in
a period of renewal and reflection. Renewal periods are not
vacations, but times for intentional exploration and reflection,
for regaining the enthusiasm and creativity for ministry, for
discovering what will make the pastor’s heart sing.
Lilly Endowment believes ministry is profoundly
important, not only to the people directly served, but also to
the larger community and society. The clergy renewal program
honors pastors and congregations. We have learned a great deal
about what pastors and congregations value about this program.
Some of those insights, in the form of comments from
previous grantees, are included in this brochure to help clergy
and congregations “think outside the box” in creating a time of
refreshment and renewal.
Life-giving experiences — strengthening relationships,
renewing a sense of call, meeting and serving the neighbor
in a new way, finding joy and purpose in a simplified life,
traveling to new lands and unfamiliar territories, creating
opportunities where members of the congregation can exercise
their gifts for ministry— are common themes of these renewal
times. Profound discoveries that pastors and their congregations
describe as “life-changing events” occur as they participate in
Pastors serve a variety of roles in their privileged
position at the center of congregational
teacher, spiritual guide, pastoral visitor, friend, confidant.
The responsibilities are continual, and the pace and demands
of parish life can be relentless, often leaving even the most