Divinity school faculty, graduates, and students have a strong history of living and working abroad, often to carry out missions of the church. More than 100 alumni are now in ministry overseas.

Duke Divinity School students regularly participate in international service projects and missions on a short-term basis as well. Examples of these include Spring Break trips to Haiti, Africa, and Peru.

Faculty and staff frequently engage in church- and school-related activities outside the U.S., including teaching, leading worship, participating in conferences and presenting lectures and papers.