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.
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.
The Institute of Preaching is a nine-month program of retreats designed to help clergy from the Florida and Western North Carolina Conferences of the United Methodist Church improve their preaching.
Monday, September 11, 2017 (All day) to Wednesday, September 13, 2017 (All day)
This theological workshop helps United Methodists participating in the ordination process prepare for their ordination papers and board interviews.
Monday, October 9, 2017 - 8:00am to Tuesday, October 10, 2017 - 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. Led by scholars and practitioners from Duke and beyond, this event is a cooperative endeavor with the North Carolina and Western North Carolina Conferences of the United Methodist Church.
Monday, August 7, 2017 - 1:00pm to Wednesday, August 9, 2017 - 12:30pm
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.
Monday, May 1, 2017 (All day) to Wednesday, May 3, 2017 (All day)
At this retreat, pastors serving Hispanic/Latino communite immerse themselves into the heart of the "Good Shepherd" through praise, worship, and theological reflection.
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 (All day)
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.
Friday, May 13, 2016 - 1:00pm to Sunday, May 15, 2016 - 12:00pm
The Thriving Rural Communities Initiative at Duke Divinity School invites pastors and lay people to attend a weekend retreat at The Bladen Charge—Windsor UMC, Bethlehem UMC and Live Oak UMC—to experience their unique testimony of sustainability. Worship services, workshops and Sabbath time will resource and renew your ministry.
Combining videos, workbook content, guided discussion and complementary readings, Pastor & Parish is a six-session series for United Methodist staff-parish relations committees that ties the committee's responsibilities back to their spiritual beginnings.
This pilot program provides robust theological, spiritual, and missional formation to equip lay people to engage in their home, neighborhood, workplace, and community and is led by a team of Duke scholars, community practitioners, and trained spiritual directors.
Upcoming UMC Training & Programs Events
Friday, January 5, 2018 (All day) to Saturday, January 20, 2018 (All day)
Monday, January 22, 2018 (All day) to Friday, January 26, 2018 (All day)
Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 12:20pm to 1:20pm
Wednesday, February 7, 2018 - 12:20pm to 1:20pm
Monday, February 12, 2018 (All day) to Friday, February 16, 2018 (All day)
Friday, March 2, 2018 (All day) to Saturday, March 17, 2018 (All day)
Monday, March 5, 2018 (All day) to Friday, March 9, 2018 (All day)
Monday, March 19, 2018 (All day) to Friday, March 23, 2018 (All day)
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 - 12:20pm to 1:20pm