2014 United Methodist Full Connection Seminar

Duke Divinity School

September 08, 2014 to September 09, 2014

This seminar is a theological workshop designed to help United Methodists participating in the ordination process prepare for their ordination papers and board interviews. It is a hybrid learning experience featuring online presentations supplemented with a two-day residential event.

NEW for 2014:  UM Full Study Leave
Participants are invited to combine this seminar with our popular Study Leave program and enroll in UM Full Study Leave Sept. 8-12. This opportunity will offer the seminar experience plus additional days in residence with access to Duke Divinity resources to begin the writing process. The program cost for UM Full Study Leave includes the cost of the UM Full Conncection Seminar. Detailed information on the Study Leave opportunity, including costs, accommodations, and meals can be found on the Study Leave page.

The seminar features:

  • Advance online access to video presentations
    Participants will view  presentations prior to arriving on campus. The presentations, offered by distinguished faculty and practitioners, each address the disciplinary questions and can help candidates begin to write their papers and formulate their thoughts about ordination.  
  • Interactive discussions
    Because participants will have already heard the presentations, the time on campus can be spent discussing the content and reflecting on the issues of ordination and ministry.
  • Opportunities to hear from conference representatives regarding the ordination process 
  • Opportunities for worship and community-building
  • Additional support for developing papers (UM Full Study Leave only, Sept. 8-12)
    Participants who choose to enroll in UM Full Study Leave can begin to write their papers and can receive informal review and critique of drafts of their papers.

Distinguished faculty and practitioners will offer video-based presentations on topics that address the traditional disciplinary questions for ordination. These videos will be available to participants for viewing in mid-June. Instructions for accessing the presentations will be provided after registering.

The Lordship of Christ and the Holy SpiritEdgardo Colόn-Emeric, Assistant Professor of Christian Theology
God, Divine Grace, and HumanityL. Gregory Jones, Senior Strategist for Leadership Education at Duke Divinity School and Professor of Theology
Doctrine of SalvationRandy Maddox, William Kellon Quick Professor of Wesleyan and Methodist Studies
Worship and Sacraments
Lester Ruth, Research Professor of Christian Worship
Kingdom of God, Resurrection, Eternal LifeGeoffrey Wainwright, Robert Earl Cushman Professor of Christian Theology
Mission of the ChurchLaceye Warner, Associate Dean for Academic Formation and Programs; Associate Professor of the Practice of Evangelism and Methodist Studies; Royce and Jane Reynolds Teaching Fellow

The UM Full Connection seminar will begin with registration at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept, 8 and will adjourn at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 9. UM Full Study Leave participants will stay through Friday morning, Sept. 12, to write and reflect on the topics. 

A finalized schedule will be posted here in mid-August. 

Session topics will include:

  • Theology and doctrine
  • Nature and mission of the Church
  • Vocation and leadership
  • Worship and sacraments
  • Best practices for interviews
  • Best practices for writing
  • Best practices for clergy health

Provisional members of all United Methodist conferences are invited to participate in the United Methodist Full Connection Seminar.  Participants from North Carolina are eligible to attend at a reduced rate due to the generous sponsorship of The Duke Endowment and The Parish Ministry Fund.

UM Full Connection Seminar Fees

Seminar Registration Fee $110  
Seminar Reduced Rate for Provisional Members in North Carolina

UM Full Study Leave Fees

The program cost for UM Full Study Leave includes registration for the UM Full Connection Seminar, accommodations for four nights, a meal stipend, and additional amenities and resources.

UM Full Study Leave Registration Fee


UM Full Study Leave NC Resident Registration Fee 


UM Full  Study Leave Reduced Rate
Certain individuals are eligible for a scholarship to attend Study Leave at reduced rates. Am I eligible? (pdf) 



UM Full Seminar Only
While accommodations are not included in the seminar registration fee, we have negotiated a special rate at the Hilton Durham for seminar participants visiting from outside the Durham area. If you would like to include a room reservation for Monday, Sept. 8, as part of your registration, please indicate your preference for a private or shared room on your registration form.  You also are welcome to make your own lodging arrangements elsewhere.

  • Private Room: $90/person
  • Shared Room: $45/person
    You may specify your preferred roommate on your registration form, and we will make every effort to accommodate your preferences.

UM Full Study Leave
Four nights of accommodations (Sept. 8-12) at the Homewood Suites in Durham are included in the program cost. Additional nights are available, should you wish to extend your stay.


UM Full Seminar Only
Included in the seminar registration fee are refreshment breaks on Monday, as well as breakfast and lunch on Tuesday. There is also the option for a boxed lunch on Monday for an additional $9.66. Should you wish to purchase the lunch on Monday, the option to do so will be included in the registration link which can be found on the next tab.

UM Full Study Leave
Study Leave participants will receive an orientation lunch on Monday, as well as refreshment breaks on Monday and a breakfast and lunch on Tuesday. Each participant will also receive a $75 stipend on a DukeCard to use for meals during the program.


UM Full Seminar Registration

Online registration is now closed.

Registration for participants includes access to the video presentations, as well as program materials, meals on Tuesday, and on-campus parking.  

One continuing education credit unit will be awarded to those who attend the full event.

UM Full Study Leave Registration

Online registration is available through Monday, July 28, 2014.


Registration includes the UM Full Seminar as well as other amenities and resources. Learn more about Study Leave »

Cancellation Policy

All fees are non-refundable. Cancellations will result in forfeiture of the fees paid.


The United Methodist Full Connection Seminar is coordinated by:

Should you have additional questions about this event, please contact our office at (919) 613-5323 or events@div.duke.edu.