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Grants and Initiatives

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary regularly receives grants from foundations to support new initiatives at the seminary. Some of our latest grant-funded initiatives support our work in Connectional Learning to provide education in a variety of formats to meet your professional, vocational, and spiritual needs. Below you will find information on some of our new and on-going initiatives.

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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