Formational Programs

First-year students meet in small spiritual formation groups led by local pastors to reflect theologically on the nature of Christian discipleship, share concerns, and pray together.

For students interested in lay or ordained ministry, we offer ministerial formation programs, including Commissioning and Full Connection seminars, Mentoring for Ministry programs, and denominational houses of study that provide opportunities to discern vocational calling, learn from experienced ministers, strengthen leadership skills, practice spiritual reflection, and gain practical knowledge.

In addition, many of our initiatives support student formation:

Field Education Student

Real-World Experience in Ministry

Paid Internships

We build paid field education internships into our three-year M.Div. program, so students receive practical experience and training as a complement to work done in the classroom.

Worship service

Nourishing a Life of Prayer and Discipleship

Worship Life

Services of preaching, music, Eucharist, and prayer are at the center of our community life as we gather for corporate worship eleven times each week during the academic year. 

Friendship House

Residential Ministerial Formation

Friendship House is a residential ministerial formation program in which Duke Divinity School students and people with intellectual and developmental disabilities live together in community. Three students share a four-bedroom apartment with one person with a disability. The program offers a unique opportunity to grow into one’s calling authentically, with integrity and deep faithfulness.