C A R E : $1 Million Grant for Clergy Advocacy Resource Effort
Church of God Ministries, Inc. has received a grant of $1 million as part of Lilly Endowment, Inc.’s National Initiative to Address Economic Challenges Facing Pastoral Leaders. The initiative supports a variety of religious organizations across the nation as they address the financial and economic struggles that can impair the ability of pastors to lead congregations effectively. The Endowment is giving $28 million in grants through this initiative. The grants are part of the Endowment’s commitment to support the pastoral leadership development of clergy serving in congregations across the United States.
In late November, announcement of the grant funds came to Bob Moss, chief advancement officer for Church of God Ministries. Holding the check in his hands, Moss observed, “This grant empowers us to change systematically the thinking and practices surrounding pastoral compensation in the Church of God throughout the United States. We are grateful beyond words!”
In applying for the three-year grant, the steering committee created a pilot project target group. A recent 2015 national survey of Church of God clergy and church board leaders revealed the vulnerability of younger clergy within the first decade of their ministry career. These were the most likely to abandon their calling for economic reasons. In addition, funds will provide underwriting of educational resources for clergy and church boards, a network of financial counsel, and dollar assistance for specified clergy support.
The title of this initiative is CARE: Clergy Advocacy Resource Effort. The initial development phase began in January 2016 with the anticipated implementation of the stated grant programs by mid-year. Under the umbrella of the advancement and domestic teams of Church of God Ministries, Joseph Cookston will serve as administrator of the CARE initiative. For more information, e-mail Joe at JCookston@chog.org.[/text_output][gap size=”2.313em” id=”” class=”” style=””][/vc_column][/vc_row]