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.
Thriving Rural Communities is a partnership of Duke Divinity School, The Duke Endowment, the North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church, and the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church. It also is a part of Leadership Education at Duke Divinity.
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.
On a ministry fellowship in rural North Carolina, Divinity student Jason Villegas sees God in dancing—and popsicles. Read the story in Duke Magazine.
Elaine Heath Video Available
Heath shares her experiences developing faith communities in the United Methodist tradition at Rural Convocation.
2012 Convocation on the Rural Church
Join us for the August 13-15 event featuring Rev. Dr. Elaine Heath and the FolkPsalm Trio.
The Garden of Reconciliation
In the small farming town of Cedar Grove, N.C., an unsolved murder helped whites and blacks imagine a better future.