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Lilly Endowment Awards Church of God Ministries Grant for CARE 2.0

By Carl Stagner

Earlier this year, Church of God Ministries was invited by Lilly Endowment to apply for a grant to extend the fruitful ministry of CARE—Clergy Advocacy and Resource Effort. The week of Thanksgiving brought with it news that a $500,000 grant has been awarded to carry on the program until at least 2021. No longer an initiative, the program known as CARE has been so well received by the Church of God movement that the goal is to sustain the work indefinitely. CARE 2.0 will bring with it continued engagement of pastors and congregational boards in pastoral retirement assistance and educational debt relief that have become synonymous with the program since it began in early 2016. Continue reading

Lilly Gathering Affirms CARE Initiative’s Heart for Pastors

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Photo: CARE Team at the Lilly Gathering, including Cheryl Elff, Rachel and Ryan Harter, Joseph Cookston, Julia Feirtag, Jessica and Jeremy Zerkle.

By Joseph Cookston

“We were inspired; giving our pastors financial freedom positively affects individual communities and the society at-large; we were validated and motivated…” so reports Julia Feirtag, member of the CARE Initiative Steering Team, as a result of her participation in the Lilly Gathering, November 3 and 4 in Indianapolis, Indiana. This Lilly Gathering brought to Indianapolis representatives from twenty-nine national Christian church groups, including the Church of God, a recipient of one such Lilly Endowment grant in 2015. Last year, these twenty-eight other judicatories also received grants to address the economic challenges facing pastoral leaders among their constituent membership. Continue reading

Church of God Ministries Announces Clergy Advocacy Resource Effort

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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. Continue reading

Give Me Your Eyes: Portland Project Puts People in Perspective

By Carl Stagner

In 2008, contemporary Christian recording artist Brandon Heath recorded “Give Me Your Eyes,” a song which many radio stations are playing to this day. Those familiar with the song know its pointed challenge to open our eyes to see men and women as made in the image of God—to put on God’s eyes and see them like he sees them. Ken Loyd has observed that often the most overlooked and ignored in our society are the people of the street, particularly those of the younger generation. Motivated by a love for the disenfranchised in Portland, Oregon, and empowered by funds from the Change the World grant awarded last year, this Warner Pacific College professor and local pastor is doing something about it. He’s preparing a training package to help open the eyes and hearts of the Church of God to the people behind the faces of those in our cities we might prefer not to notice. Continue reading

Change the World: Grant Awardees Revealed at CHOG Convention 2015

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By Carl Stagner

Sixty applicants from across the Church of God submitted applications for Change the World, a grant-making initiative announced at last year’s Church of God Convention. In an effort to bring innovative and transformative ministries to fruition, Change the World was designed to give ministry leaders the financial foundation to get off the ground. The question was posed, If there were one thing you could do to change the world, what would it be? Of sixty applicants, six were selected to receive grants. So, who are these grant awardees? Continue reading

AU Receives Grant for Community Service

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Photo: AU volunteers prepare for community service through Operation Foundation.

Anderson University’s Operation Foundation Project Anderson (OFPA) recently received an Indiana Campus Compact (ICC) Student Community Service (SCS) grant for $873.

“This award is a demonstration of our student’s commitment to make positive impacts in the community,” said Stephanie Moran, Director of Community Engagement at Anderson University. “The two Falls School of Business students who wrote the grant, Andrew Newlin and Cameron Dodson, had no other mandate or agenda than to help meet the needs that exist in Anderson. OFPA has a desire to build relationships with Anderson residents through the actions of service. This grant will assist them in doing that very thing.” Continue reading

AU Receives Grant to Improve Employment Opportunities for Graduates

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Anderson University will receive $1 million to enhance and expand opportunities for its graduates to find meaningful employment in Indiana as part of Lilly Endowment Inc.’s Initiative to Promote Opportunities Through Educational Collaborations. The Endowment awarded $62.7 million in grants to Indiana’s 39 accredited colleges and universities through this initiative. Continue reading

AU SOT Receives Grant to Address Economic Issues Facing Future Ministers

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The Anderson University School of Theology has received a grant of $248,772 as part of Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment Inc.’s Theological School Initiative to Address Economic Issues Facing Future Ministers. It is one of 67 theological schools across the country to receive this funding. Continue reading