Through its longstanding partnerships with The Duke Endowment, the North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church, and the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church, the Divinity School has created a wide array of programs and initiatives designed to strengthen and enhance the lives and ministries of United Methodists. Also see our ecumenical clergy and laity training programs.

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The Course of Study is open to ministers of all communions and is recognized as the official course of study required by the United Methodist Church for licensed local pastors.
The Course of Study for Ordained Ministry has been established by the Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church as an alternate educational route for persons seeking to serve as pastors in United Methodist congregations.
The Institute of Preaching is a nine-month program of retreats designed to help clergy from the Florida and Western North Carolina Conferences of the United Methodist Church improve their preaching.
Monday, September 12, 2016 - 1:30pm to Tuesday, September 13, 2016 - 2:30pm
This theological workshop helps United Methodists participating in the ordination process prepare for their ordination papers and board interviews.
Convocation and Pastors' School
The annual Convocation & Pastors’ School is an intensive two-day conference that offers lectures, worship, and seminars for Christian leaders of all traditions. Led by scholars and practitioners from Duke and beyond, this event is a cooperative endeavor with the North Carolina and Western North Carolina Conferences of the United Methodist Church.
Rural Church
Monday, August 8, 2016 - 1:00pm to Wednesday, August 10, 2016 - 12:30pm
The Convocation on the Rural Church is an annual opportunity for pastors from the North Carolina and Western North Carolina Conferences of the United Methodist Church to join with Duke Divinity School and The Duke Endowment to discuss issues that are important in transforming rural churches and communities and sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
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Monday, April 4, 2016 (All day) to Wednesday, April 6, 2016 (All day)
At this retreat, pastors serving Hispanic/Latino communite immerse themselves into the heart of the "Good Shepherd" through praise, worship, and theological reflection.
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Monday, November 14, 2016 (All day) to Wednesday, November 16, 2016 (All day)
This annual gathering, which alternates between a "day apart" and a multi-day retreat, is an opportunity to celebrate the connection of elders in the Western North Carolina Conference.
rural church
Friday, May 13, 2016 - 1:00pm to Sunday, May 15, 2016 - 12:00pm
The Thriving Rural Communities Initiative at Duke Divinity School invites pastors and lay people to attend a weekend retreat at The Bladen Charge—Windsor UMC, Bethlehem UMC and Live Oak UMC—to experience their unique testimony of sustainability. Worship services, workshops and Sabbath time will resource and renew your ministry.
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Combining videos, workbook content, guided discussion and complementary readings, Pastor & Parish is a six-session series for United Methodist staff-parish relations committees that ties the committee's responsibilities back to their spiritual beginnings. 

Upcoming UMC Training & Programs Events

Monday, April 24, 2017 - 8:00am to Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - 5:00pm
Part of Events Series: Institute of Preaching