Lilly Endowment – Clergy Economic Initiative
“FLOURISH!” That is our desire for every clergy person serving the Christian Church in Indiana. Yet financial challenges often limit our ability to do so. A generous grant from the Lilly Endowment has charged us with alleviating some of the economic challenges that clergy and congregations face. As of 2019, we are entering a sustainability phase of this program and will again be awarding grants to clergy for Financial Relief and to congregations for Compensation Support.
Through this grant program, the Christian Church in Indiana is offering Financial Literacy Academies, in collaboration with the Pension Fund, available to all clergy with standing and to clergy spouses and congregational leaders. By attending succeeding sessions of the academy, clergy will be educated in various aspects of personal and congregational finances.
In addition to education, we will plan to provide monetary assistance to up to 24 clergy with standing held by the Christian Church in Indiana. The Financial Relief Grant has been created to provide direct assistance to clergy for debt relief, retirement planning, or healthcare. We will also be offering Compensation Support Grants to 10 congregations to bolster their ability to increase the compensation base of their Senior minister or other pastors, while gaining the knowledge and confidence to increase their capacity to grow their own financial base. We look forward to empowering all Indiana clergy to live a life of financial peace.
To learn more about the FLOURISH! Program or to donate FLOURISH!:See FLOURISH! Project
Interested in attending the Financial Literacy Academy?
Financial Literacy Academies are held Friday and Saturday of the first weekend in May and Friday and Saturday of the second weekend in October. When registration is open, details of the next Financial Literacy Academy will be found here:See Financial Literacy Academy