Monday, September 12, 2016 - 1:30pm to Tuesday, September 13, 2016 - 2:30pm
Duke Divinity School
(919) 613-5323

The United Methodist Full Connection Seminar is a two-part theological workshop that helps United Methodists participating in the ordination process prepare for their ordination papers and board interviews. Participants gather for two days at Duke Divinity School to discuss traditional disciplinary questions for ordination, meet with annual conference officials, and share thoughts about the ordination process. After the session, participants have access to online video presentations by distinguished Duke faculty, who address the question themes.

Registration has now closed.

Extend your experience with UM Full/Study Leave

Participants are invited to combine the Full Connection Seminar with our popular Study Leave program by registering for UM Full/Study Leave (Sept. 12-16, 2016). This opportunity includes the two-day workshop, plus three additional days of Study Leave, with access to Duke Divinity resources to help begin the writing process. Registration for this combined program is now FULL.

Seminar Overview & Format

The United Methodist Full Connection Seminar features:

  • Interactive plenary sessions
    Plenary sessions will address the themes of the disciplinary questions and provide time for questions and discussion.
  • Opportunities to hear from conference representatives regarding the ordination process 
  • Opportunities for worship and community-building
  • Online access to video presentations
    Following the event, participants will have access to online presentations. These presentations, offered by distinguished faculty and practitioners, each address the disciplinary questions and can help candidates begin to write their papers and formulate their thoughts about ordination.
  • Additional support for developing papers (UM Full/Study Leave only, Sept. 12-16)
    Participants who choose to enroll in UM Full/Study Leave can begin to write their papers and receive informal review and critique of drafts of their papers.
  • One unit of continuing education credit (CEU)

Video Presentation Topics

Distinguished faculty and practitioners will offer video-based presentations on topics that address the traditional disciplinary questions for ordination. These videos will be available to participants for viewing following the seminar.

Topic Lecturer
The Lordship of Christ and the Holy Spirit Edgardo Colόn-Emeric, Assistant Professor of Christian Theology
God, Divine Grace, and Humanity L. Gregory Jones, Senior Fellow for Leadership Education at Duke Divinity School and Professor of Theology
Doctrine of Salvation Randy Maddox, William Kellon Quick Professor of Wesleyan and Methodist Studies
Worship and Sacraments Lester Ruth, Research Professor of Christian Worship
Kingdom of God, Resurrection, Eternal Life Geoffrey Wainwright, Robert Earl Cushman Professor of Christian Theology
Mission of the Church Laceye Warner, Associate Professor of the Practice of Evangelism and Methodist Studies


The UM Full Connection Seminar will begin with registration at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 12, and will adjourn at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 13. UM Full/Study Leave participants will stay through Sunday morning, Sept. 16, to write and reflect on the topics. 

A finalized schedule will be posted here in mid-August. 

Session topics will include:

  • Theology and doctrine
  • Nature and mission of the Church
  • Vocation and leadership
  • Worship and sacraments
  • Best practices for interviews
  • Best practices for writing

Cost & Accommodations

Provisional members of all United Methodist conferences are invited to participate in either the United Methodist Full Connection Seminar or UM Full/Study Leave. Participants from North Carolina are eligible to attend at a reduced rate due to the generous sponsorship of The Duke Endowment and The Parish Ministry Fund.

UM Full Connection Seminar

Seminar Registration Fee $100  
Seminar Reduced Rate for Provisional Members in North Carolina

While accommodations are not included in the seminar registration fee, we have negotiated a special rate ($89 plus tax, one king or two queen beds) at the Hilton Durham for seminar participants visiting from outside the Durham area. If you would like to reserve a room for Monday, Sept. 12, you will receive instructions on how to register with the special rate in our confirmation email.  You also are welcome to make your own lodging arrangements elsewhere.

Included in the seminar registration fee are refreshment breaks on Monday, as well as breakfast and lunch on Tuesday.

UM Full/Study Leave

The program cost for UM Full/Study Leave includes registration for the United Methodist Full Connection Seminar, accommodations for four nights, a meal stipend, and additional amenities and resources.

UM Full/Study Leave Registration Fee


UM Full/Study Leave NC Resident Registration Fee 


UM Full/Study Leave Reduced Rate
Certain individuals are eligible for a scholarship to attend Study Leave at reduced rates. Am I eligible? (pdf) 




Four nights of accommodations (Sept. 12-16) at the Homewood Suites in Durham are included in the program cost. Additional nights are available, should you wish to extend your stay.


Study Leave participants will receive an orientation lunch on Monday, as well as refreshment breaks on Monday and breakfast and lunch on Tuesday. Each participant will also receive a $50 stipend on a DukeCard to use for meals during the program.


Registration for the combined UM Full/Study Leave program and for the United Methodist Full Connection Seminar has now closed.