The Presbyterian/Reformed House of Studies participates in the mission of Duke Divinity School, which seeks to form persons to serve and bear witness to the Triune God in the church, the academy, and the world. Its unique role is to nurture the Reformed Christian community at the Divinity School by supporting and cultivating students as persons, pastors, and leaders in the life of the Reformed Christian tradition.
The house seeks to accomplish these goals by commending Christian life and ministry that is catholic and evangelical (in the classic sense of both words); forming a love in students for Reformed communions, especially for their uniqueness and what they share with other communions; and encouraging and equipping students to be insightful about the challenges facing Reformed churches, and also to eagerly and confidently address those challenges.
Nurturing Student Growth
The Presbyterian/Reformed House of Studies holds gatherings to reflect theologically on Christian life and ministry, conducts spiritual formation retreats, and sponsors the annual McPherson Lectureship in partnership with the First Presbyterian Church in Durham, N.C. It also hosts other events, including social events and the Allen Verhey Memorial Student Colloquia. A “Theology on Tap” series brings students together with clergy, professors, and other leaders for theological discussion and fellowship at a local restaurant. An annual clergy mentoring meal gives students a chance to make connections with invited clergy members for internships, jobs, and mentorships.