Duke Youth Academy
The Duke Youth Academy, part of Leadership Education at Duke Divinity, is an intensive encounter with Christian life. Days are patterned by worship through word and sacrament, reflection on Scripture, study, service, and play—practices ancient and modern that nourish the life of faith.
Each summer, Duke Divinity School invites four to six youth workers to join its fellowship program to learn the academy’s model of youth ministry. Fellows will have opportunities to learn from internationally acclaimed Divinity School faculty, to reflect together on the implications of DYA practices for their own youth ministry, and to continue discerning their own calling to ministry with youth.
Denominational Leadership: serving God and the church as District Superintendent
This four-day educational event has been designed specifically for those who have been serving as United Methodist district superintendents for one to three years. It provides these church leaders with the opportunity to reflect on their own practice of leadership while equipping them to face the challenges and opportunities of institutional leadership today.
The event will be held Oct. 29–Nov. 1, 2012, at the Avila Retreat Center in Durham, N.C. For more information, contact the Leadership Education office at email@example.com  using the subject line “Denominational Leadership.”
Institute of Preaching
The Institute of Preaching is a 10-month program of three retreats designed to help clergy from the Florida and Western North Carolina Conferences of the United Methodist Church improve their preaching. Unlike other programs that focus only on style or techniques, the Institute of Preaching takes a comprehensive approach to preaching. Pastors examine not only their sermon content and delivery but also the contexts in which they preach and the integrity of their life and work.
During each retreat, participants hear from recognized authorities on preaching—both practitioners and Duke faculty—and also work with other participants in small peer groups discussing their ministries and reviewing each other’s sermons. Between retreats, participants are encouraged to work with a small group from their own congregation to receive critical and constructive sermon feedback.
The Institute of Preaching is a partnership of the Florida Institute of Preaching Committee and Duke Divinity School. It is sponsored by the Florida Conference and the Parish Ministry Fund of the Western North Carolina Conference. All full-time elders and local pastors serving in either conference are eligible to apply. More information » 
Thriving Rural Communities
The 2012 Convocation on the Rural Church was held Aug. 13–15, 2012, in Myrtle Beach, S.C. It had the theme “Tradition LIVES,” and it brought together leaders from rural North Carolina churches, Duke Divinity School, The Duke Endowment, and the North Carolina and Western North Carolina Annual Conferences of the United Methodist Church. The event featured worship, plenary sessions, workshops, and conversation about the state of the rural church and how it can engage in even more vibrant ministry and mission.
Faith & Leadership awards
Faith & Leadership, the online magazine of Leadership Education at Duke Divinity, won three awards in the 2011 “Best of the Christian Press” competition sponsored by the Associated Church Press. They were presented at the ACP convention in Chicago on May 2, 2012. The ACP, founded in 1916, is the oldest interdenominational religious press association in North America.
For Faith & Leadership’s Award of Excellence for best independent website or e-zine, the judge cited the “outstanding” Call & Response blog and said that Faith & Leadership successfully fulfills its mission to “offer insight and guidance on Christian leadership.” Awards of Merit were given to both Duke Divinity associate professor C. Kavin Rowe for his article “Incorporating disagreement is a mark of a thriving community” and the Call & Response blog. To read Faith & Leadership or sign up for an e-newsletter, visit www.faithandleadership.com .
The Clergy Retreat is an annual opportunity to celebrate the connection of elders in the Western North Carolina Conference. In odd-numbered years, this event is a “day apart,” featuring lectures and worship. In even-numbered years, it expands to a multi-day retreat. Bishop Larry Goodpaster and the conference Board of Ordained Ministry hope that through this time together clergy will remember their call, share in fellowship with each other, and be inspired.
The 2012 Clergy Retreat will be held Oct. 29–31, 2012, at Lake Junalaska, N.C. The theme is “Soul Quest: Key Questions of the Spiritual Life.” More information » 
Denominational Leadership: Serving God and the Church as an Executive Leader
This four-day educational event is designed for denominational leaders at the regional and national level. It encourages leaders to consider their practice of leadership, and it equips leaders with needed tools and strategies to navigate the complexities and changing landscape of denominational and institutional life today.
People of all denominations who are transitioning from parish ministry to executive-level positions within denominational governing bodies or who have been in their role fewer than three years are welcome to apply for this selective program. An application is required. The faculty for this event include those with extensive experience working with denominations and other organizations.
For inquiries about the program, email firstname.lastname@example.org .
Preparing for Ordination
The United Methodist Full Connection Seminar was held at Duke Divinity School Sept. 10–11, 2012.
This theological workshop was designed to help United Methodists participating in the ordination process prepare for their board interviews and written examinations.
The seminar featured a series of 10 lectures by distinguished faculty and practitioners that address the traditional Disciplinary questions for ordination. These lectures were made available in advance, creating more time for participants to discuss, worship together, meet with annual conference officials, and share thoughts and perceptions about the ordination process. More information » 
Retreat for Hispanic and Latino Pastors
Latinos in this country, and particularly those in the immigrant community, face countless existential crises every day. There is a great need to provide effective and transformative pastoral care to this group And yet pastors are often not prepared to deal with these crises effectively, sensitively, and wholly.
This inaugural event was “Immersed in the Heart of the Good Shepherd: A First Retreat for Pastors Serving the Hispanic/Latino Community,” held in Pine Knoll Shores, N.C., April 13–15, 2012. Participants were immersed in the heart of the Good Shepherd through praise, worship, and theological reflection. Pablo Polischuk, professor of psychology and pastoral counseling at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, led the sessions. Worship was led by Fede and Roni Apecena, lay leaders at Fiesta Cristiana at Apex UMC in Apex, N.C.
Doctor of Ministry: Leadership in the Christian Tradition
The D.Min. degree is a professional doctorate that provides an opportunity for post-M.Div. education to pastors and other Christian leaders. The Leadership in Christian Education cohort is designed for those who wish to pursue rigorous and imaginative reflection on the topic of Christian leadership through the study of Scripture, church history, and contemporary theology, as well as engagement with the fields of leadership and management studies. More information » 
Convocation & Pastors’ School
Form/Reform: Cultivating Christian Leaders
October 15–16, 2012
The annual Convocation & Pastors’ School is an intensive two-day conference that offers lectures, worship, and seminars for Christian leaders of all traditions. Led by scholars and practitioners from Duke and beyond, this event is a cooperative endeavor with the North Carolina and Western North Carolina Conferences of the United Methodist Church. The Convocation also includes gatherings of Duke Divinity School alumni.
In a world where innovation is acclaimed and tradition is deemed suspect, where messages are abundant but true wisdom is muted, Christian leadership is sorely needed. What do congregations need to do to form Christians for today … and tomorrow? And what formation and re-formation is needed for pastors and professors to equip the saints for the work of ministry?
Join Fuller Theological Seminary president Richard J. Mouw, author Andy Crouch, theologian Sarah Coakley, and pastor Prince Raney Rivers to explore the shaping of Christians for leadership in an increasingly diverse and evolving social landscape.