from Thriving Rural Communities

Path to the Pulpit

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

Wednesday, December 11, 2013
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.

Monday, July 29, 2013
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.

Thursday, July 18, 2013
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.

Friday, June 28, 2013
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.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Divine Inspiration

On a ministry fellowship in rural North Carolina, Divinity student Jason Villegas sees God in dancing—and popsicles. Read the story in Duke Magazine.

Friday, October 5, 2012
Elaine Heath Video Available

Heath shares her experiences developing faith communities in the United Methodist tradition at Rural Convocation.

Monday, September 24, 2012
2012 Convocation on the Rural Church

Join us for the August 13-15 event featuring Rev. Dr. Elaine Heath and the FolkPsalm Trio.

Friday, April 27, 2012
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.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Rural Ministry Colloquia: Evangelism for the Rural Church

Rev. Tim Reaves discusses practical, faithful, and fruitful ways for small churches to share Christ with their communities. Download audio via iTunes U.

Thursday, November 18, 2010