The Thriving Rural Communities initiative works to foster thriving rural north Carolina communities by cultivating faithful rural Christian leadership and fruitful rural United Methodist congregations.


  • Path to the Pulpit

    Brad Thie, new director of the Thriving Rural Communities Initiative, shares his journey from the business world to the ministry.

  • Cultivate Space for God's Spirit

    The 2013 Convocation & Pastors' School will explore ways Christian communities are breathing new life into the church. Register today.

  • TRC Partner Church Rhems UMC Helps Refugees

    A new fellowship center at TRC partner church Rhems UMC in New Bern, N.C. will be used to teach dozens of Burmese refugees.

  • New Director Appointed for Second Phase of TRC Initiative

    Brad Thie is appointed director of the Thriving Rural Communities initiative, a partnership between Duke Divinity School, The Duke Endowment, and the North Carolina UMC annual conferences.

  • Profiles of Service: Laura Beach

    Rev. Laura Beach, a Thriving Rural Communities fellow and Duke Divinity alumna now serving Longtown UMC in Yadkinville, N.C., describes the richness she finds in rural ministry.