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Grants & Scholarships

Survey helps ministers learn how to cut their higher ed costs

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s first-ever comprehensive Minister Survey, fielded in fall 2019, has resulted in some 680 ministers receiving information on Presbyterian Mission Agency and Board of Pensions programs that can help them reduce their current educational debt and tap into financial aid programs for their children’s education.

An unsung ministry quietly changes lives

SDOP’s unique model gives grants not to organizations but to people impacted by poverty, helping them lift up themselves and their communities.

Lilly Endowment Inc. makes new grants to save historic churches

Lilly Endowment Inc. has furthered its commitment to supporting congregations and preserving significant portions of America’s religious and cultural landscape by awarding nearly $15 million in grants to Partners for Sacred Places and the National Trust for Historic Preservation, to extend the National Fund for Sacred Places (The National Fund).

Seminarian discovers God’s love of imperfection by making pottery

When seminarian Alexandra Pappas felt the call to ministry while in her late teens, she was intimidated and afraid. Doubtful that God could possibly call someone like her to be a pastor — she constantly battles the desire for perfection, especially in worship and preaching — Pappas decided to go to seminary anyway.

Strengthening an already solid relationship

Two congregations that worship in the same Louisville, Ky., church are comfortable enough with one another that host church members didn’t even bat an eye recently when the smaller congregation told the larger one that the church has termites.

‘It allows me to be me again!’

The Rev. Dr. Stewart M. Pattison, pastor of the Community Presbyterian Church in Lombard, Ill., has been living — and serving — with multiple sclerosis for more than 20 years.