Director of ministry outreach, Pepperdine University
Mike Cope is director of ministry outreach for Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. He was a minister in Churches of Christ for 35 years, serving congregations in North Carolina, Arkansas and Texas. He is the author of five books, including the 2011 “Megan’s Secrets.” Cope directs Pepperdine’s Thriving in Ministry grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. and the Thriving Congregations project at Pepperdine University.
The Sabbatical Grant for Researchers (SGR) offers grants up to $40,000 to support academic sabbatical leave for projects about Christian faith and life, the practice of ministry, religious trends and movements, Christian and other faith-based institutions and religion and social issues. Louisville Institute is especially interested in projects that demonstrate a desire to bridge the North American church and academy.
SGR is most often used to supplement an existing semester sabbatical with a second term or semester. Typical applicants are fully employed in accredited academic institutions and are eligible for a full year leave from teaching and administrative responsibilities. Grants awarded in the 2024 cycle will fund sabbaticals taking place during the 2024-2025 academic year or during the 2025 calendar year.
Applications are due November 1, 2023.Learn More