Through a variety of seminars, programs, gatherings, lectures, and other offerings, the Divinity School seeks to help strengthen your faith and leadership by building your knowledge about the church and its practices. Also see our UMC Training & Programs.

Hands holding a cross
Find the time to read, reflect, research, or just relax with Study Leave for Ministry Professionals. Over the span of five to seven days, participants can immerse themselves in learning and renewal through self-directed study, worship, and prayer on the Duke University campus.
Attendees listening to speaker at 2018 event.
Monday, October 7, 2019 - 8:00am to Tuesday, October 8, 2019 - 4:30pm
The annual Convocation & Pastors’ School is an intensive two-day conference that offers lectures, worship, and seminars for Christian leaders of all traditions. 
Members of "Caminates" group
Through Caminantes, fellow sojourners encounter Christ while practicing and honing skills for ministry among Latinos. Caminantes for pastors meets periodically to practice and hone skills for ministry among Latinos, and there is also a Caminantes group for students.
Institute participants engage each other on plenary break
Monday, May 18, 2020 - 4:30pm to Friday, May 22, 2020 - 9:00pm
Come expand your theological imagination, grapple with practical problems, and be equipped to continue a journey of reconciliation within a wider community at this annual institute.
Hispanic Latino Preaching Initiative participants
Developed by Duke Divinity School’s Hispanic House of Studies, the Hispanic-Latino/a (H/L) Preaching Initiative provides an opportunity for H/L pastors to receive homiletical training in a peer group format.

Upcoming Clergy/Laity Training & Programs Events

Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 12:20pm to Tuesday, February 25, 2020 - 1:20pm
Monday, May 18, 2020 - 4:30pm to Friday, May 22, 2020 - 9:00pm