Our goal is to nurture and support healthy Ohio DOC clergy, who provide bold and confident leadership to build strong churches, and who give leadership to their community. The Christian Church in Ohio has received a Lilly Endowment Inc. grant for the benefit of Ohio Disciple Pastors with CCIO standing who are ordained or commissioned for more than 5 years, and serving an Ohio congregation. The Restricted THRIVE Grant is a matching grant. THRIVE Ministerial Excellence Funds can only be awarded to Ohio DOC pastors, if they are matched dollar for dollar. To award our goal of twenty-two (22) Debt Relief Grants of up to $15,000 each with up to an additional $3,000 tax offset, we must receive matching funds of $198,000.
We accept donations from individuals, pastors, congregations and other sources. Please consider making a tax deductible gift to the Restricted Designated THRIVE Ministerial Excellence Fund to match the grants we award pastors. Your matching gift will be held in a restricted designated account at the Disciples Church Extension Fund and is audited through the Treasury of the Office of General Minister and President.
If you would like more information about the THRIVE Grants, please click the tab “About the THRIVE Grants” on our THRIVE Home Webpage. Thank you for your participation in the health and welfare of our DOC pastors and their congregations in Ohio.
Newly ordained or commissioned clergy five (5) years or less may apply for a grant through the Pension Fund of the Christian Church (http://www.pensionfund.org/eim).