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The Indiana-based Lilly Endowment has awarded Pepperdine University a $1 million grant to join its Compelling Preaching Initiative, the school has announced.
Pepperdine, a Malibu, Calif.-based university associated with Churches of Christ, is one of 32 organizations receiving funding as part of the initiative, intended to “foster and support preaching that better inspires, encourages, and guides people to come to know and love God and to live out their Christian faith more fully,” said Christopher Coble, Lilly’s vice president for religion.
Specifically, Pepperdine ministry outreach director Mike Cope said the school will use the funds for “workshops, personal mentoring, podcasts, newsletters, and training videos … to recruit and train a new generation of preachers but also to help current ministers become more effective in their sermons and messages.”
Lilly is a private philanthropic foundation that aims to support “community development, education and religion,” according to its website.
For more information about the grant and initiative, visit Pepperdine’s website.
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