Thriving Congregations

Through the Thriving Congregations Initiative, Lilly Endowment Inc. awarded grants to organizations to develop new or strengthen existing programs that equip congregations to explore and understand the rapidly changing contexts in which they minister, gain clarity about their own values and missions, and draw on practices from their theological and ecclesial traditions to adapt their ministries to their changing contexts.

Leadership Education at Duke Divinity serves as the coordination program for this initiative, forming a learning community of grantees to support the implementation of their projects. Our activities include hosting meetings and other learning opportunities, sharing resources, telling stories and consulting with project leaders.

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Questions We Answer

We know that you grapple with many difficult questions as a Christian leader. We want to help. Complex concerns about ministry can’t be fully addressed here, of course, but we provide a starting point for engaging the deep issues.

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