2013 United Methodist Full Connection Seminar

Duke Divinity School

September 09, 2013 to September 10, 2013

This seminar is a theological workshop designed to help United Methodists participating in the ordination process prepare for their board interviews and written examinations. It is a hybrid learning experience featuring eight online presentations supplemented with a two-day residential event.

The seminar features:

  • Advance online access to eight video presentations
    Participants will view the recordings of eight presentations prior to arriving on campus. The presentations, offered by distinguished faculty and practitioners, each address one of the disciplinary questions and can help candidates begin to write their papers and formulate their thoughts about ordination.  
  • Interactive discussions
    Because participants will have already heard the presentations, the time on campus can be spent discussing the content and reflecting on the issues of ordination and ministry.  
  • Support for developing papers
    Participants will attend a session on writing and have opportunities for informal review and critique of drafts of their papers.
  • Opportunities for worship and community-building


The following distinguished faculty and practitioners will offer video-based lectures on topics that address the traditional disciplinary questions for ordination.

Nature of the ChurchJason Byassee, Senior Pastor of Boone United Methodist Church, Boone, N.C.; Fellow in Theology and Leadership at Leadership Education at Duke Divinity
The Lordship of Christ and the Holy SpiritEdgardo Colόn-Emeric, Assistant Professor of Christian Theology
God, Divine Grace, and HumanityL. Gregory Jones, Senior Strategist for Leadership Education at Duke Divinity School and Professor of Theology
SacramentsBelton Joyner, Author and Retired United Methodist Pastor
Doctrine of SalvationRandy Maddox, William Kellon Quick Professor of Wesleyan and Methodist Studies
WorshipLester Ruth, Research Professor of Christian Worship
Kingdom of God, Resurrection, Eternal LifeGeoffrey Wainwright, Robert Earl Cushman Professor of Christian Theology
Mission of the ChurchLaceye Warner, Associate Dean for Academic Formation and Programs; Associate Professor of the Practice of Evangelism and Methodist Studies; Royce and Jane Reynolds Teaching Fellow

Monday, September 9

1:30 p.m.Registration
Upper Westbrook Entrance
2:00Orientation, Introductions and Opening Prayer
2:15Session One: Theology and Doctrine
3:30Coffee break with conference representatives

Session Two: The Nature and the Mission of the Church


Tuesday, September 10

8:00 a.m.Morning Prayer
Goodson Chapel
8:30Keeping Mind and Heart Alive in Ministry
8:45Session Three: Proclamation and Worship
10:00Session Four: The Called and Disciplined Life
11:30Boxed lunch and peer discussions
1:00 p.m.Session Five: Meeting the Boards
2:00Session Six: Putting Your Best Foot Forward on Paper

Provisional members of all United Methodist conferences are invited to participate in the United Methodist Full Connection Seminar. 

Registration Fee

Reduced Rate for Provisional Members in North Carolina



While accommodations are not included in the seminar registration fee, we have negotiated a special rate at the Hilton Durham for seminar participants visiting from outside the Durham area.  If you would like to include a room reservation for Monday, Sept. 11, as part of your registration, please indicate your preference for a private or shared room on your registration form.  You also are welcome to make your own lodging arrangements elsewhere.

  • Private Room: $90/person
  • Shared Room: $45/person
    You may specify your preferred roommate on your registration form, and we will make every effort to accommodate your preferences.


A boxed lunch on Tuesday is included in the seminar registration fee.


Online registration is available now through August 30. 

Registration for participants includes access to eight video presentations, as well as program materials, a boxed lunch on Tuesday, and on-campus parking.

One continuing education credit unit will be awarded to those who attend the full event.

Cancellation Policy

All fees are non-refundable. Cancellations will result in forfeiture of the fees paid.



The United Methodist Full Connection Seminar is coordinated by:

Should you have additional questions about this event, please contact our office at (919) 613-5323 or events@div.duke.edu.