How Our Partners Can Help You

We are part of a network of organizations dedicated to strengthening the ecology of Christian institutions that enable U.S. congregations and pastors to flourish.

Congregations

Alban at Duke Divinity School

Alban at Duke Divinity School helps leaders connect and learn from one another by sharing practical wisdom, stories of thriving congregations and transformational models of ministry.

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Center for Congregations

The Center for Congregations helps Indiana congregations address their needs through resource consulting, educational events and grants. The Center works with clergy, staff and laity by listening to their concerns, developing work plans, and then carefully matching resources with their specific needs.

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The National Leadership Roundtable on Church Management

The National Leadership Roundtable on Church Management is an organization of laity, religious and clergy working together to promote excellence and best practices in the management, finances and human resource development of the Catholic Church in the U.S. through the greater incorporation of the expertise of the laity.

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Pastors

Center for Pastoral Excellence

The Center for Pastoral Excellence is a strategic initiative at Christian Theological Seminary to address the long arc of ministry — from vocational discernment to seminary training to sustaining outstanding ministers and pastors in their ongoing work.

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Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal Programs

The Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal Programs provide an opportunity for pastors to step away briefly from the persistent obligations of daily parish life and to engage in a period of renewal and reflection.

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Pastoral Excellence Network

The Pastoral Excellence Network works with congregations and church-related institutions to help new pastors get the best possible start in ministry and to encourage experienced pastors to sustain their vitality by participating in communities of ongoing support and learning.

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Philanthropy

Lake Institute On Faith & Giving

Lake Institute on Faith & Giving offers a public forum for exploring the connections between individual philanthropy and faith and fosters a greater understanding of the ways in which faith both inspires and informs giving.

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Research & Resources

The Association of Religion Data Archives

ARDA strives to democratize access to the best data on religion. The online archive includes American and international collections and features for educators, journalists, religious congregations and researchers. Data included in the ARDA are submitted by the foremost religion scholars and research centers in the world.

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Insights into Religion

Through this gateway, religious leaders and the public can find congregational resources and insights into religious practices. The organizations and projects on this portal site are supported by Lilly Endowment’s Religion Division.

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Theological Education

Association of Theological Schools

The Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS) is a membership organization of more than 270 graduate schools that conduct post-baccalaureate professional and academic degree programs to educate people for the practice of ministry and for teaching and research in the theological disciplines.

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In Trust Center for Theological Schools

In Trust Center for Theological Schools strengthens governance and institutional capacity in North American theological schools — Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, mainline and evangelical Protestant. Our most visible service is the quarterly In Trust magazine, but In Trust’s Resource Consultants and Governance Mentors also engage with leaders directly.

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The Louisville Institute

The Louisville Institute seeks to to bring together those who lead religious institutions and those who study them through three separate but related programs: 1) grantmaking, 2) fellowships in theological education and 3) collaborative inquiry.

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Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion

The Wabash Center supports teachers of religion and theology in higher education through meetings and workshops, grants, consultants, a journal and other resources to make accessible the scholarship of teaching and learning.

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Vocation & Young People

Forum for Theological Exploration

FTE identifies, connects, inspires and supports young people across denominations and backgrounds as they explore or enter into vocations in ministry and teaching and lead their communities faithfully, innovatively and courageously to participate in God’s work in the world. FTE provides vocational discernment gatherings, mentoring opportunities, fellowships, grants and a community of support on the path to discovering purpose, passion and call.

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Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education

The Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education (NetVUE) is a nationwide network of colleges and universities formed to enrich the intellectual and theological exploration of vocation among undergraduate students. It is administered by the Council of Independent Colleges.

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Worship

The African American Lectionary

The African American Lectionary is a resource tool that highlights the African American ecclesial traditions and moments that creatively express the joy, freedom and challenges of being both African American and Christian. It also recognizes days on the liturgical calendar that are celebrated across a variety of ecclesial traditions.

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Calvin Institute of Christian Worship

The Calvin Institute of Christian Worship promotes the scholarly study of the theology, history and practice of Christian worship and the renewal of worship in worshipping communities across North America and beyond.

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