Episcopal Church Foundation receives second grant from Lilly Endowment Inc.

December 11, 2018


New York - December 11, 2018 –The Episcopal Church Foundation (ECF) has received a second three-year grant as part of Phase II of Lilly Endowment Inc.’s National Initiative to Address Economic Challenges Facing Pastoral Leaders. During the next three years, this grant will support ECF’s initiative entitled “From Economic Challenges to Transformational Opportunities – Scalability, Impact and Discipleship.”

Since 2012, Lilly Endowment has awarded more than $75 million in grants to denominational and church-related agencies and theological schools to launch new efforts to address challenges that impair the ability of current and future pastoral leaders to lead congregations effectively.

The Phase I grant that ECF received in 2016 enabled the organization to design and pilot a multi-layer program that provided lay and clergy leaders with practical, innovative and contextual resources to address the financial and leadership challenges of congregational ministry in the 21st century.

In Phase II, ECF will build sustainability for the program developed in Phase I and will continue to use a holistic approach targeting times of transition in the arc of ministry as key opportunities for culture change, transformation and growth. The program includes a comprehensive educational/training component for new rectors and their lay leaders, a Ministerial Excellence Fund (MEF) and resources and tools for the wider Church. As in Phase I, ECF will be collaborating with various individuals and groups to successfully implement the next phase of this initiative, including the Church Pension Group.
“ECF is honored and privileged to have participated in the first phase of the Lilly Endowment’s National Initiative to Address the Economic Challenges Facing Pastoral Leaders. We look forward to participating in Phase II as a continued opportunity to enhance our mission, serve our church, advance the kingdom and build up the body of Christ in our own small way. We are grateful to the Lilly Endowment for all their encouragement and support during this process.” said Donald V. Romanik, president of ECF.

Founded in 1949, ECF is an independent, lay-led organization that helps Episcopal communities of faith engage in visioning and planning, develop leadership, and raise financial resources for ministry. Lilly Endowment Inc. is an Indianapolis-based private philanthropic foundation that supports the causes of religion, education and community development.

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Kate Adams
Special Projects Director