Duke Divinity School has announced a new certificate, the Certificate in Methodist/Wesleyan Studies, which can be earned as part of the residential M.Div., Hybrid M.Div., M.T.S., and M.A. degree programs.
The certificate is aimed at pan-Methodist/Wesleyan students who want to engage in robust and intentional training in Wesleyan theology and spiritual practice in preparation for leadership positions in Methodist and Wesleyan organizations and churches, such as the United Methodist Church, African Methodist Episcopal Church, African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, and Korean Methodist Church.
“Duke Divinity School has abundant resources in Methodist and Wesleyan studies, including renowned scholars, a vast collection of primary sources, the Center for Studies in the Wesleyan Tradition, seasoned pastors in Field Education and spiritual formation programs, and close partnerships with churches,” said Sangwoo Kim, senior director of the Methodist House of Studies and Wesleyan formation initiatives. “This certificate will help students engage fully with these resources and integrate them into their academic study and ministry.”
Students will take courses in Methodist and Wesleyan studies and participate in an advanced spiritual formation group in Methodist/Wesleyan tradition. M.Div. students will also complete a field education placement in a Methodist/Wesleyan setting. In their spiritual formation group, students will meet with other Methodist/Wesleyan students, faculty, and ecclesial leaders, building connections across conventional cultural, racial, and ethnic boundaries.
“Our hope with this certificate is that we nurture Christian leaders whose theology and practice are deeply embedded in the Methodist tradition of serving the marginalized and fostering thriving communities,” said Kim.