3 John 1:2 Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, just as it is well with your soul. (NSRV)
“FLOURISH!” –verb: grow or develop in a healthy or vigorous way. Flourish is both an action and a result that comes from laying the right foundation. To “flourish” is our desire for every clergy person serving the Christian Church in Indiana. It is also God’s desire for us as well. Yet, various financial challenges often limit the ability of our clergy to do so. Whether faced with high educational debt, inadequate healthcare, or limited salary, many clergy in our region face financial challenges in their families while still working to honor their call.
In an effort to alleviate some of the economic challenges facing pastors, the Christian Church in Indiana in partnership with Lilly Endowment Inc. has created the FLOURISH! Program. Through this program, clergy and congregations may find the education they need to grow their financial base through our Financial Literacy Academy. In addition, through the Financial Relief and Compensation Support Grants, both clergy and congregations may find direct financial resources to assist clergy in reducing debt, funding retirement, supplementing healthcare needs. In 2019 and 2020, a total of up to 24 Financial Relief Grants (for individuals) and 10 Compensation Support Grants (for congregations) were offered. Twelve individuals were awarded grants each year and a total of two Compensation Support Grants were awarded to congregations. Following the grantee selection, pastors enter into an educational portion of the grant which is a two year process. The first cohort of grantees completed their education requirements in late 2020 and the second cohort will complete their requirements in 2021.
At the close of 2020, we recognized that we have funding available to award a third cohort of 12 Financial Relief Grantees. In order to provide the full education process to 12 new grantees starting in 2021, with
The Financial Relief Grant was open to commissioned and ordained clergy with standing through the Christian Church in Indiana. All Indiana Disciples congregations were welcomed to apply for the Compensation Support Grant. Our goal is to help develop and support healthy clergy who provide bold and confident leadership to build strong churches, who are a beacon of hope to their community and the world. The Financial Literacy Academy is available to all clergy and church leadership within the Christian Church in Indiana regardless of grant status.
All grants for the current funding have been awarded. For further information about the FLOURISH! Program, please contact our office.
Sarah Riester, FLOURISH! Program Administrator
Financial Relief Grant Applications
We are excited to announce a third application cycle for FLOURISH! Financial Literacy Grants. The second phase of the FLOURISH! Program was originally designed to award up to 24 Financial Relief Grants and 10 Compensation Support Grants (12 and 5 respectively in both 2019 and 2020). Having received fewer Comp Support Grant applications and therefore awarding fewer grants, we assessed our progress at the end of 2020 and determined that there is funding to offer a third round of Financial Relief Grants with funding for up to an additional 12 pastors. Lilly Endowment Inc. has blessed the extension of the program and celebrates with us our capacity to award additional grants to Indiana pastors!
Application guidelines, the Financial Relief Grant application (in two formats for your convenience), and the family budget worksheet (also required for application) are posted below. Completed applications and budget worksheets are due February 25, 2021.
- FLOURISH! Relief Grant guidelines
- FLOURISH! Relief Grant application
- FLOURISH! Relief Grant application (fillable)
- Family Budget Worksheet
- Tax Notice for Relief Grants
Compensation Support Grant Guidelines
The Compensation Support Grant Guidelines are linked below for reference by any interested parties, including current Comp Support grantees. Additional Compensation Support Grants are not being awarded in 2021.