Through its longstanding partnerships with The Duke Endowment, the North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church, and the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church, the Divinity School has created a wide array of programs and initiatives designed to strengthen and enhance the lives and ministries of United Methodists. Also see our ecumenical clergy and laity training programs.

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The Course of Study for ordained ministry has been established by the Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church as an alternate educational route for persons seeking to serve as pastors in United Methodist congregations.
This theological workshop helps United Methodists participating in the ordination process prepare for their ordination papers and board interviews.
Worship in Goodson Chapel
Sunday, October 15, 2023 - 6:00pm to Tuesday, October 17, 2023 - 4:00pm
The annual Convocation & Pastors’ School is an intensive multi-day conference that offers lectures, worship, alumni gatherings, and seminars for Christian leaders of all traditions. In 2023, Convocation & Pastors’ School will take place October 15-17 as an in-person event. 
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Monday, August 7, 2023 - 12:00pm to Wednesday, August 9, 2023 - 12:00pm
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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This annual gathering, which alternates between a "day apart" and a multi-day retreat, is an opportunity to celebrate the connection of elders in the Western North Carolina Conference.

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