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Pastor Restoration Grants

Pastor, your flourishing and wellbeing are crucial to your ministry. Pastoring a church through the Covid-19 global pandemic has been difficult and contributed significantly to experiences of burnout and uncertainty of call. These are significant threats to your flourishing and wellbeing!

Pastor Church Resources (PCR), with funding from Financial Shalom and Lilly Endowment Inc., is awarding grants to ordained, active CRC pastors (Minister of the Word and Commissioned Pastor) and their spouses to fund a temporary leave from ministry (two weeks and two Sundays minimum, four weeks are recommended) to attend to your wellbeing in response to the pressures and challenges brought on by Covid.

Our 40 years of experience working alongside pastors has taught us that gathering together with peers for retreats contributes significantly to a pastor’s thriving. We’ve also seen the indispensable ways professional helpers (spiritual directors, therapists, and coaches) contribute to sustained wellbeing. And, we’ve observed that pastors who take a vocational assessment to increase their self-awareness and articulate their strengths for ministry build resilience in their calling. The Pastor Restoration Grant gives $2,000 (US) for pastors to engage in each of these proven sources of wellbeing: peer learning, professional helpers, and the Birkman Assessment.

All ordained, active CRC pastors (Minister of the Word and Commissioned Pastor) currently serving in a Christian Reformed congregation are eligible to apply for a grant. There are some requirements that need to be met; see the Pastor Restoration Grant Overview and Guidelines.

The maximum grant awarded is $2,500 (US) per individual. Individuals joining with a group of peers should each complete their own application, noting the names of the peers they’ll be joining. There’s no additional cost for the Birkman Assessment and debrief.

We’ll be awarding 12 grants in November, December, and January for a total of 36 one-time grants. Please note these important dates:

     

    November

    December

    January

    Application period:

    October 1 - 31, 2021

    Oct 1 - Nov 30, 2021

    Oct 1 - Dec 31, 2021

    Application deadline:

    October 31, 2021

    November 30, 2021

    December 31, 2021

    Recipients notified:

    November 15-19, 2021

    December 13-17, 2021

    January 17-21, 2022

    Please also note that every attempt will be made to distribute grants equitably among the diversified pastorate of the CRCNA.

    If you have any questions contact Zach Olson.


    Application Form
     

    Helpful Resources

    Schedule post-retreat debrief with PCR

    • Pastors (available beginning November, 2021)
    • Churches (available beginning November, 2021)