Pastors are essential to nurture and sustain the spiritual vitality of Christian congregations. Spiritual guide, scholar, counselor, preacher, administrator, confidant, teacher, pastoral visitor and friend, pastors are called on to play many roles in leading the ministries of congregations. The job is demanding, and pastors perform their duties among a dizzying array of requests and expectations. It is not a job for the fainthearted, but requires a rare balance of intelligence, love, humility, compassion and endurance. Most importantly, it demands that pastors remain in touch with the source of their life and strength. Like all people of faith, good pastors need moments to renew and refresh their spiritual energies and regain their enthusiasm and creativity for ministry. Recognizing the importance for busy pastors to step away briefly from the persistent obligations of daily parish life, Lilly Endowment started the National Clergy Renewal Program. Through this program, it has awarded on a competitive basis grants to congregations to support renewal programs for their pastors. Congregations also have benefited from these grants by utilizing the renewal programs as opportunities to strengthen their ministries as vital places of worship and mission and to develop the leadership capacities of their lay leaders.