Form/Reform: Cultivating Christian Leaders

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Friday, August 3, 2012

Duke Divinity School’s annual Convocation & Pastors’ School will return Oct. 15-16, featuring lectures by renowned scholars and practitioners, seminars that foster in-depth discussion, worship services, and the opportunity to reconnect with friends and faculty. 

This year’s event, “Form/Reform: Cultivating Christian Leaders,” will explore the actions that seminaries and clergy can take to inspire and prepare leaders for ministry in today’s environment. 

The gathering includes lectures from three prominent speakers. 

On Monday, Fuller Theological Seminary president Richard J. Mouw will deliver two lectures, drawing on his perspectives as leader of one of the largest multidenominational seminaries in the world and as a leading voice advocating a generous, culturally engaged evangelicalism. Mouw, a noted scholar in the field of Christian ethics and philosophy, is the current president of the Association of Theological Schools. He is the author of 19 books, including The God Who Commands, Uncommon Decency: Christian Civility in an Uncivil World, and Praying at Burger King.

Andy CrouchTuesday will feature lectures by author Andy Crouch, who is making a return appearance at Convocation following rave reviews at the 2010 event (listen to recordings of the event on iTunes). Crouch is executive producer of This is Our City, a multi-year project featuring documentary video, reporting, and essays about the ways in which cities contribute to and undermine God’s purpose for human beings.

Theologian Sarah Coakley, the Norris-Hulse Professor of Divinity at Cambridge University, will also speak on Tuesday. Coakley is a leading authority on the dialogue between science and religion, and her work is closely attentive to the significance of prayer and the disciplines of Christian spirituality. She recently delivered the prestigious Gifford lectures on the theme of "Sacrifice Regained: Evolution, Cooperation, and God." Her lectures at Convocation will address the need for a renewal of attention to the field of pastoral care in theological education.

The Rev. Prince Raney Rivers will serve as Convocation preacher during the event’s two worship services. 

Alongside the larger lectures will be 17 seminars on topics ranging from youth formation to church planting to making disciples in the local church. These more intimate learning experiences enable participants to explore additional avenues for cultivating Christian leaders with faculty, church leaders, and practitioners. 
Alumni and friends of the Divinity School are invited to reconnect with each other and with current faculty and students on Monday at a homecoming luncheon featuring bluegrass and barbecue in the Divinity Refectory and Bovender Terrace.
Registration for Convocation & Pastors’ School is now open. Pastors serving churches eligible for grants from The Duke Endowment, current Divinity School students, and 2012 graduates of the Divinity School can attend the event at a discounted rate.