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Grants for seminaries

High student debt levels can keep pastors in financial hardship and unable to serve congregations where they are most needed. ELCA seminaries, together with Lilly Endowment Inc., hope to change that. Seven of the ELCA’s eight seminaries have received more than $1.7 million in Lilly grants to address the economic challenges facing future ministers. “These generous grants allow our schools to continue improving financial understanding and practice among seminarians and carry out other strategic efforts,” said Jonathan Strandjord, ELCA director for theological education. “These efforts include growing enrollment, strengthening scholarships and revising the educational process in ways that reduce costs borne by students.”


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