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The purpose of Project Connect Network Initiatives (PCNI) is to provide grants that encourage network and program building in support of the purpose and goals of Project Connect in constituent synods of the Eastern Cluster of Lutheran Seminaries (ECLS). The result will be a series of smaller networks which constitute a sustainable ecosystem that delivers theologically sound vocational discernment programs and accompanies young adults as they discern vocation, such that more gifted young people with a vocational commitment to congregational ministry enter seminary.

The actual Request for Proposals document can be downloaded by clicking on the Grants tab on the home page of the Project Connect website.

As of January 1, 2011, seven synods have submitted PCNI proposals that have been approved.

These synods are:

  • Metropolitan New York
  • Metropolitan Washington, DC
  • West Virginia-Western Maryland
  • South Carolina
  • Allegheny
  • Lower Susquehanna
  • Delaware-Maryland

The next, and final deadline for submitting PCNI proposals is July 1, 2011.

Project Connect is an initiative of the Eastern Cluster of Lutheran Seminaries. Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, and the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, Funded by a generous grant from Lilly Endowment, Inc.

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