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.
For more information about this initiative, visit thrivingcongregations.org, or email Coordination Program Director Kelly Ryan at firstname.lastname@example.org or Assistant Director Wanda White at email@example.com.
Phillips Theological Seminary
Exploring practices to increase the number of black women in ministerial leadership while supporting their flourishing
Mountain Sky Conference, United Methodist Church
Developing visionary leadership in a new denominational conference to unite diverse groups in a shared identity
Lexington Theological Seminary
Developing new leadership capacities to move a seminary from crisis to innovation and sustainability
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