Lily Endowment Inc. awards millions of dollars in grants to campus ministry organizations across the country. The grants enable hundreds of students at public universities across the United States to participate in life-shaping experiences. These experiences help students draw on their faith commitments as they make choices about their future careers and encourage those students with spiritual and leadership gifts to explore potential calls to Christian ministry.
For more than 15 years, the Endowment has pursued strategic initiatives that help cultivate a new generation of Christian leaders. These efforts, which include the Endowment’s Programs for the Theological Exploration of Vocation and the Council of Independent College’s Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education, have helped thousands of students at more than 175 church-related schools renew their commitments to their faith and encouraged them to follow calls into many forms of Christian ministry and service.
The Campus Ministry Theological Exploration of Vocation (CMTEV) initiative builds on this work by enabling campus ministry organizations at public universities to develop and expand their vocational discernment programs. Student program activities include leadership development, peer minister training, seminars connecting faith and professional careers, mentoring, national and international mission trips, internships at partner churches, and vocational discernment retreats.
The Endowment piloted the CMTEV initiative in 2012 by awarding grants to five campus ministry organizations. Based on the success of those programs, additional campus ministries were invited to apply for grants.