Presbytery of Philadelphia

Awarded Thriving in Ministry Initiative Grant

The Leadership of the Presbytery of Philadelphia is pleased to announce that we have been awarded a grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. through its Thriving in Ministry Initiative. This $50,000 planning grant will enable us to invest increased energies, efforts, and personnel to build upon our Ministry and Leadership Incubator through the research and development of a new venture, Cultivating Enough in the Care of Clergy. The strategic goal of this pilot initiative is to empower, nurture, and serve our pastoral leaders in ministry contexts that have unique challenges and opportunities: church (re)planters, congregations in communities of color, and small churches. These targeted categories align with Lilly Endowment as it creatively seeks to support clergy in these and other identified contexts. We are grateful for the opportunity afforded us as a presbytery to engage this conversation from our unique perspective.

Stay tuned for details as to how this summer and fall will serve as a critical season to collaborate and dialogue with our pastoral leaders and various thought partners in the development this initiative. Our prayer is to cultivate intentional and empathetic care and support as we nourish the energy, intelligence, imagination, and love of our ministers.