The Certificate in Methodist/Wesleyan Studies is for pan-Methodist/Wesleyan students who wish to engage in robust and intentional training in Wesleyan theology and spiritual practice in preparation for leadership positions in Methodist and Wesleyan churches, including the United Methodist Church, African Methodist Episcopal Church, African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, and Korean Methodist Church.

The certificate can be earned as part of the M.Div. (residential and hybrid), M.T.S., and M.A. degrees.

Duke Divinity School has rich resources in Methodist/Wesleyan studies, including renowned Methodist/Wesleyan scholars, vast primary sources in Methodism, the Center for Studies in the Wesleyan Tradition, seasoned Methodist pastors in Field Education and Spiritual Formation programs, and close partnership with Methodist churches. The Certificate in Methodist/Wesleyan Studies, administered by the Methodist House of Studies, will guide pan-Methodist/Wesleyan students to identify and engage in these resources and integrate them into their academic study and ministry. 

The goal of the certificate is to nurture Christian leaders whose theology and practice are deeply embedded in the Methodist tradition of serving the marginalized and creating innovative practices to foster thriving communities. Through the certificate program, the students will better integrate their academic learning with ministerial practices in the Wesleyan tradition, learn and practice spiritual exercises (“the means of grace”) in the Wesleyan tradition, and receive mentoring for vocational discernment and leadership development in the Wesleyan tradition.

As part of an advanced spiritual formation learning community that seeks Wesleyan spiritual disciplines to sustain the life of study and ministry, students will build connections with other Methodist/Wesleyan students, faculty, and ecclesial leaders, crossing conventional cultural, racial, and ethnic boundaries.


M.Div. (Residential and Hybrid), M.T.S., and M.A. Requirements

  • Three courses in Methodist/Wesleyan Studies
    • PARISH 707 or 777 — Wesleyan Foundations for Mission, Practice, and Belief
    • Two elective courses
  • A minimum of one year’s participation in an Advanced Spiritual Formation group in Methodist/Wesleyan Tradition
  • (Residential and Hybrid M.Div. only) At least one field education placement in a Methodist/Wesleyan setting
  • (M.T.S .and M.A. only) A 500-word essay explaining how the student's coursework integrates with current vocation/work with specific reference to Certificate in Methodist/Wesleyan Studies

Elective Courses:

  • AMXTIAN 800 — Studies in American Methodism
  • CHURHST 809 — Life and Times of the Wesleys
  • CHURMIN 761 — Introduction to Christian Ministry: Ordained Leadership
  • HISTTHEO 950 — Theology of John Wesley
  • LTS 760 — Introduction to Christian Worship (fall semester only)
  • PARISH 708 or 778 — United Methodism: Mission, Practice, Belief
  • PARISH 710 or 759 — Missio Ecclesiae: God’s Mission of Empowerment
  • PARISH 768 — Preaching in the Wesleyan Theological Tradition
  • PARISH 770 — Forming Disciples in Wesleyan Tradition
  • PARISH 779 — Women and Evangelism
  • PARISH 780 — The Missional Church and Evangelism
  • PARISH 801 — Evangelism and Leadership
  • PASTCARE 760 — Introduction to Pastoral Theology and Care
  • PASTCARE 765 — Pastoral Care through Depression and Anxiety
  • PASTCARE 790 — Ministry through Death, Dying, and Bereavement
  • PASTCARE 766 — Ministry and Care in Contexts of Forced Displacement
  • XTIANTHE 824 — John Wesley in Controversial and Ecumenical Theology
  • XTIANTHE 854 — Contemporary Methodist Theology
  • Other forthcoming Methodist/Wesleyan courses
  • Topics courses may be approved by term and listed in registration materials

Forms and information for current students »

For more information about the certificate, contact:

Sangwoo Kim
Senior Director of the Methodist House of Studies and the Wesleyan Formation Initiatives
(919) 613-5347