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Grants and Initiatives


Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary seeks to provide new initiatives and programs in response to the changing needs of theological education, the Church, and the world. We are grateful for the grants we have received from foundations to support some of these new initiatives enabling us to grow our Connectional Learning offerings to provide education in a variety of formats to meet your professional, vocational, and spiritual needs.

A Partnership in Effective Proclamation

The Styberg Preaching Institute at Garrett-Evangelical, with support from Lilly Endowment Inc., has launched A Partnership in Effective Proclamation. This program focuses on developing effective preachers for the church in the twenty-first century. A key component of this program is the formation of Peer Learning Groups for local church pastors under the direction of trained facilitators. Another critical component of this program is focused on the development of skilled teachers of preaching through a pre- or post-doctoral fellowship.

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Holy Yearnings, Holy Listening, Holy Partnerships: A Peer-to-Peer Young Adult Ministry Initiative

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, in partnership with Lilly Endowment Inc., is engaging in a bold initiative to help churches launch new ministries that will attract young adults – a population that congregations today are struggling to reach. With financial support of $1.5 million from Lilly Endowment Inc., Garrett-Evangelical is now one of 12 innovation hubs around the country participating in Lilly Endowment’s Young Adult Initiative that will help churches create innovative and meaningful ministries that appeal to millennials.

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Leading Vibrant Congregations: A Collaboration of Faith and Finance

Garrett-Evangelical understands how important it is for pastors to be financially literate and have the business skills they need to address the challenges congregations face today. To that end, with financial support from Lilly Endowment and in partnership with The Kellogg School of Management’s Center for Nonprofit Management, Garrett-Evangelical proposes a progressive and far-reaching program to equip pastors to be competent in financial affairs to become more effective leaders in their congregations and communities. 

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Other Key Initiatives

Other key initiatives include sustainGETS, committed to environmental sustainability by empowering students, faculty, and staff to be good stewards of the earth and its resources in their daily lives, and the Garrett-Evanston Children's Defense Fund Freedom Schools Program, our six-week Summer Enrichment Camp focused on literacy and creative arts.


Garrett-Evangelical's commitment to environmental sustainability includes empowering students, faculty, and staff to be good stewards of the earth and its resources in their daily lives, while seeking out institutional collaboration with environmental groups in the Northwestern, Evanston, and Chicago communities. Because the ecological crises we face are interconnected with matters of human justice, and since the poor and marginalized are often hardest hit by realities like climate change, toxic waste, and resource depletion, Garrett-Evangelical encourages efforts to tie our commitments to creation care with the seminary’s longstanding commitments to racial, gender, and socio-economic justice. 

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Garrett-Evanston Children's Defense Fund Freedom Schools Program

The Garrett-Evanston Children's Defense Fund Freedom Schools Program is designed specifically for elementary students who are currently enrolled in the 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade in Evanston’s District 65. Our Summer Enrichment Camp is a six-week summer program focused on literacy and creative arts. This free program will include small classes; breakfast, lunch, and a snack; field trips; and a lot of fun! The program fosters a love of reading, increased self-esteem, and positive attitudes towards learning.

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