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Dr. John R. Wimmer

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Employment History

  • Program Director, Religion
    Lilly Endowment Inc.
  • Program Director In the Religion Division
    Lilly Endowment Inc.
  • Member, Religion Division
    Lilly Endowment Inc.
  • Founding Director
    Indianapolis Center for Congregations
  • Executive Director
    Indianapolis Center for Congregations
  • Founder and President
    Indianapolis Center for Congregations


  • Ph.D. , American Religious History
    University of Chicago
  • Duke Divinity School
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- John Wimmer, Program Director, Religion, Lilly Endowment Inc.
Speakers | Speakers | John ..., 24 Dec 2010 [cached]
Speakers | Speakers | John Wimmer | Bill Enright | Stewardship/Theology Track | Clergy/Laity/Church Track | Estate & Financial Planning Track | Extended Track | Dr. Una Okonkwo Osili
John Wimmer, Religion Program Director
Lilly Endowment
John R. Wimmer is a program director in the Religion Division of Lilly Endowment, Inc., an Indianapolis-based private philanthropic foundation created in 1937 by three members of the Lilly family. Dr. Wimmer is responsible for several aspects of Lilly Endowment's grant-making in the area of religion, including support for theological higher education, sustaining Pastoral Excellence initiative, as well as programs on Faith and Giving. Wimmer was founding president of the Indianapolis Center for Congregations, a program funded by the Endowment that helps Indianapolis-area congregations find and use the best resources available to address the challenges they face.
An ordained United Methodist minister, Wimmer was a parish pastor in Indiana as well as North Carolina for fifteen years. He is a graduate of Duke University Divinity School and holds a Ph.D from the University of Chicago, where he studied with noted American church historian Martin E. Marty and conducted historical research on philanthropy and Christian stewardship as they relate to congregational and religious life in America.
Dr. Wimmer has wide experience as a religious leader, having served as teacher and writer, as well as church leader and consultant. John, his wife Jan Blasing and their son, David, live in Zionsville, IN.
FADICA’s Thirty Third Annual Meeting Honors Cardinal and Sister of Charity > FADICA, 6 Feb 2009 [cached]
Conference speakers included Dr. John Wimmer of the Religion Division of the Lilly Endowment, who spoke to FADICA on the issue of capacity building - foundation assistance that helps to develop and build a nonprofit's internal leadership and structure.
According to Dr. Wimmer, "philanthropy does its best work, when it surrounds its financial role with other gifts that work together to build capacity of its grantees."
There are four areas of capacity building where foundations can be especially valuable, said Dr. Wimmer - asking the generative questions, offering financial resources for innovation and experimentation, providing a convening community, and evaluating as a learning experience.
". . .Religion in America has lost its percentage of total (U.S.)giving," Dr. Wimmer told FADICA. "Religious organizations on the whole are not especially good at talking about money and not especially good at asking for money," he said.
Quoting a recent national survey on religious giving, Cardinal Foley said, "despite a massive growth in per capita income, the percentage of income donated declined rather than increased during the 20th Century," he reported.
"I am personally convinced that generosity is related to faith", the Cardinal said. "The greater and deeper our faith, the greater will be our generosity," he added.
Guest Speakers, 27 Dec 2000 [cached]
Guest Speakers | Mark Chaves | John Wimmer | John Wimmer's | Dan Moseley | Dr. Young Lee Hertig
Guest Speakers | Mark Chaves | John Wimmer | John Wimmer's | Dan Moseley | Dr. Young Lee Hertig
John R. Wimmer is founding Director of the Indianapolis Center for Congregations, a program of the Alban Institute funded by Lilly Endowment.A United Methodist minister with 15 years of parish experience, he is a graduate of Duke Divinity School, holds a Ph.D. in American Religious History from the University of Chicago, and is a former professor and administrator at University of Indianapolis.As a church consultant, he has worked widely with congregations on issues of finance, stewardship, and capital fund development.Author of numerous articles and reviews for publications such as "Christian Century," "Christian Ministry," and "Congregations."Wimmer has also written two books, Torrents of Grace and No Pain, No Gain Hope For Those Who Struggle (Random House/Ballantine) As a leader, having also served as a teacher, writer, and church consultant, he regularly leads continuing education workshops for pastors on parish revitalization.He has taught courses on the history of American and European Christianity at the University of Indianapolis, where he served as the Executive Assistant to the President and Assistant Professor of Religion before becoming Director of the Indianapolis Center in 1997.
Pre and Post Conference Guest Speakers
Indianapolis Star Article, 14 Jan 2002 [cached]
"Some congregations want to reach out to people who have never been to a church or who associate with church buildings certain kinds of things," said John Wimmer, executive director of the Indianapolis Center for Congregations.
"If someone grew up in an old-fashioned church, they may associate church with their grandparents or old-fashioned ways.If churches want to meet people like that in fresh ways, sometimes they hold worships in other kinds of places."
That's exactly what the members of Higher Calling Church had in mind when they started their non-denominational congregation about a year ago.The church's 140 members gather every Sunday at Sunny Heights Elementary in Warren Township.
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