Center programming is made possible in part through a grant from the Lilly Endowment.  Samford University provides financial and other support for the center’s personnel and administration.  As a result, 100% of the money donated to the center is used to provide resources to ministers.


Sabbath Leave Program

This program offers grants up to $6,000 for use in helping ministers experience spiritual, emotional, physical and intellectual renewal through time away from pastoral responsibilities.

Study Leave Program

This program offers mini-grants up to $2,000 to support a minister’s one- or two-week residential study, research, writing or other project on the campus of Samford University.

James Davidson Fund for Rural Ministries

This endowed fund provides financial support of a variety of center programs offered specifically for ministers serving smaller, rural congregations in Alabama.

Day Apart

This unique resource offers enrichment for women pastors through day retreats offered twice a year, and provides opportunities for pastors to interact with noted women authors, pastors and theologians in the relaxed setting of the Birmingham Botanical Gardens.

James Auchmuty Congregational Leadership Fund

This endowed fund supports an annual lecture on the topic of congregational leadership on the campus of Samford University.  In addition, the fund provides a fellowship to enable a pastoral leader to engage in continuing education related to congregational leadership.

C. Otis Brooks Fund for Pastoral Leadership Enrichment 

This fund provides scholarships for ministerial Sabbath and Study leaves through the center’s Sabbath Leave Program.  The program provides opportunities for ministers to experience spiritual, mental, physical and emotional renewal through Sabbath time of three weeks to three months or study leave time of up to two weeks away from ministry duties.

Thank you for your support of pastoral excellence through the programs of the Center for Congregational Resources at Samford University.

Are you looking for a way to honor a pastor or minister? You can make a donation in honor of or in memory of a pastor or other person that will be directed to a specific need among center participants. We will send to the person you wish to honor a card acknowledging receipt of your gift.