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Church Administration Certification

Online Practical Training & Theological Grounding

If you’re a pastor who feels more comfortable preaching a sermon on Leviticus than crafting a budget, you may have found yourself saying “No one ever taught me how to run a church.” If you’re a lay leader wondering how to apply your management experience to the ministry team you’re leading, you may have found yourself saying something similar: “No one ever taught me how to run a church.” Our church administration courses can help you get up to speed. Divinity alumni can take the courses for free.

Featured Programs

Our programs include self-paced online learning and in-person conferences, workshops, certificate programs, and more.
Christian Virtues for Spiritual Growth
This four-week self-paced online course taught by Stanley Hauerwas examines the meaning and significance of four key virtues and their importance in cultivating a virtuous life.
Summer Institute for Reconciliation
Wed, May 15 - Fri, May 17, 2024
The Summer Institute for Reconciliation is rooted in Duke Divinity School’s conviction that reconciliation is at the heart of the gospel and centers on content with a biblical vision of reconciliation that inspires a movement of transformed communities and relationships.
Study Leave for Ministry Professionals
This flexible program allows participants to immerse themselves in learning and renewal through self-directed study, worship, and prayer on the Duke campus. Participants select their topic, and Duke Divinity School provides the resources needed for a relaxing and productive week.
Certificate in Conflict Transformation and Reconciliation
This certificate provides an opportunity for pastors and other church leaders seeking theological and practical skills to foster reconciliation in their congregations and communities.

Upcoming Events

We also offer a full calendar of events at Duke Divinity School. Join us for lectures, workshops, worship, and more.
Mon, Aug 5 - Wed, Aug 7, 2024 | Myrtle Beach Marriott Grande Dunes in Myrtle Beach, SC

2024 Convocation on the Rural Church

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 discuss issues that are important in transforming rural churches and communities and sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Fri, Sep 20, 2024 | 9am - 4pm | Duke Divinity School

Duke Divinity Alumni Day

All Duke Divinity alumni are invited to join us for a day at the Divinity School to fellowship with other alums, receive updates on the school, hear a lecture given by Dr. Jerusha Masten Neal, and learn how to stay involved in life at Duke Divinity School.

Mon, Oct 14 - Tue, Oct 15, 2024 | Duke Divinity School

Convocation and Pastors' School

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.

Upcoming Programs

Join us for guided learning opportunities, including synchronous online programs, in-person programs, and hybrid learning programs.

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Course of Study

The online Course of Study is an alternate educational route for persons seeking to serve as licensed local pastors in United Methodist congregations.

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Convocation on the Rural Church

Join us Aug. 5-7, 2024 for the Convocation on the Rural Church, an opportunity for UMC pastors serving rural churches in the North Carolina to discuss issues that are important in transforming rural churches and communities and sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

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Convocation & Pastors' School

The annual Convocation & Pastors’ School, taking place Oct. 13-15, 2024, is an intensive multi-day conference that offers lectures, worship, alumni gatherings, and seminars for Christian leaders of all traditions.

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Ongoing Opportunities

Join us for self-paced online courses. Many are free to Duke Divinity School alumni.

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Church Administration 1

This four-week online course explains the importance of a theological approach to church administration and why viewing it as a church practice with theological goals of discipleship, formation, witness, and worship matters.

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Church Administration 2

In this second course in the Duke Divinity+ Church Administration Specialization series for church pastors and lay leaders, you will learn how to approach strategic management theologically as strategic stewardship for your church.

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Cultivating a Scriptural Imagination

How can Scripture expand our capacity to envision God’s presence in our time, and how can examples from Methodist history help us recognize these new possibilities? Through this course, experience a deeper grounding in the distinctive elements of Methodism.

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Duke Divinity+

Digital Courses and Certificates

Divinity+ is a new program for Duke Divinity alumni and other practitioners seeking to expand and refresh their knowledge and skills through non-degree digital courses and certificates. Divinity+ courses nurture vocational renewal, theological imagination, and practical resources for ministerial leaders and Christian professionals. 

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