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.

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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.
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Wind in Our Sails supports clergy and Christian leaders, both professionally and personally, with virtual webinars throughout the academic year on skills and practices critical to clergy’s ministry vocation.
Members of "Caminantes" group
Caminantes is a group of fellow sojourners who seek to encounter Christ on the roads connecting Duke Divinity School to the world, while practicing and honing skills for ministry with Hispanic/Latinx communities. There is a Caminantes group for students and also Pastores Caminantes, a group for pastors who meet periodically to practice and hone skills for ministry among Latinos.
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Monday, October 4, 2021 - 12:00am to Monday, October 25, 2021 - 11:59pm
In 2021, the annual Convocation & Pastors’ School will be a virtual, free event designed for Christian leaders of all traditions and take place October 4, 5, 11, 18, and 25.
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The Convocation on the Rural Church is an annual opportunity for pastors from the North Carolina and Western North Carolina Conferences of the United Methodist Church to join with Duke Divinity School and The Duke Endowment to discuss issues that are important in transforming rural churches and communities and sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
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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.

Upcoming Clergy/Laity Training & Programs Events

Monday, October 4, 2021 - 12:00am to Monday, October 25, 2021 - 11:59pm
Monday, October 11, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Monday, October 18, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Sunday, October 24, 2021 - 12:00am to Sunday, November 21, 2021 - 11:59pm