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Renewing the Church
Convocation & Pastors' School held at Duke Divinity School October 14-15, 2013

Convocation & Pastors’ School is an annual intensive two-day conference that offers lectures, worship, and seminars for Christian leaders of all traditions. This year’s lectures and seminars will focus on how to look beyond narratives of declining attendance, anemic giving, and social controversy to explore how thriving Christian communities are meeting the deep needs of the world and in the process breathing new life into the church. At the heart of each vibrant Christian community are imaginative people shaped by Scripture, working together to cultivate spaces where God’s Spirit can take root.

Keynote speakers
James K. A. Smith, professor of philosophy at Calvin College
James Smith will deliver the two James A. Gray Lectures. Informed by a long Augustinian tradition of theological and cultural critique—from Augustine and Calvin to Edwards and Kuyper—Smith’s interests lie in bringing critical thought to bear on the practices of the church and the church’s witness to culture. Read more

Jorge Acevedo, lead pastor of Grace Church in southwest Florida
Jorge Acevedo will deliver the Franklin S. Hickman Lecture, through which he will examine the identity of the church and the task of theological education. Watch an interview

Laceye Warner, executive vice dean of Duke Divinity School
Laceye Warner’s research interests in the historical theology of evangelism seek to inform and locate contemporary church practices within the larger Christian narrative. See her essays

Jeremy Troxler, pastor of Spruce Pine UMC in Spruce Pine, N.C.
Jeremy Troxler will serve as Convocation preacher during the event’s two worship services. Troxler served for the last six years as director of the Thriving Rural Communities initiative at Duke Divinity School, an effort to help divinity students, rural pastors, and churches take the lead in creating sustainable communities across North Carolina. Read his sermons

Seminar topics
Clergy Health & Theology of the Body
Ministering to Millennials
Scriptural Imagination
Sacramental Youth Ministry
Contemporary Worship
Writing and Work
The Intercessory Congregation
Lessons from the Book of Acts
The Holy Spirit and Thriving Churches
Hope in the Face of Illness
Reclaiming Jesus in the Old Testament
And many more!

To learn more about Convocation & Pastors’ School