Duke Divinity 2019 Convocation & Pastors’ School


We invite you to attend Convocation & Pastors’ School, Oct. 7-8, 2019 at Duke Divinity School. This intensive two-day conference features nationally renowned speakers, powerful lectures, inspiring worship, and thought-provoking seminars. Register by Aug. 31 to take advantage of early bird pricing.
This year, we focus on Life That Really is Life: Cultivating Thriving Communities. Christian congregations, led by gifted clergy, are integral to the formation of thriving communities. When congregations and pastors are faithful and focused on God’s dreams, they can be exceptional catalysts, conveners, and curators, drawing people together across diverse sectors, generations, and neighborhoods.
Featured presenters:
  • David Brooks, NY Times Columnist, Commentator & Author of The Second Mountain
  • Krista Tippet, Peabody Award-winning Broadcaster & NY Times Bestselling Author
  • Kate Bowler, NY Times Best Selling Author & Associate Professor of Christian History, Duke Divinity
  • Ralph West, Founder and Senior Pastor of The Church Without Walls, will serve as convocation preacher
  • Patrick West, Associate Research Professor of Theological Ethics & Bioethics, Duke Divinity
  • L. Gregory Jones, Dean of the Divinity School and Ruth W. and A. Morris Williams Jr. Distinguished Professor of Theology and Christian Ministry
  • Anne Snyder Brooks, Editor, Comment Magazine & Author of The Fabric of Character
Pastors serving churches eligible for grants from The Duke Endowment, current students and 1st year seminary graduates can attend the event at a discounted rate. Register for Convocation & Pastors’ School.

Resources for Vital Congregations



Lewis Center for Church Leadership

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Books

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Serve Your Neighbor

GBHEM Leadership Resources


Living Faithfully: Human Sexuality and the United Methodist Church

Englewood Book Review

Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations

Ted Talks: The Golden Circle

Ted Talks: The Power of Vulnerability

Ted Talks: The Price of Invulnerability

Design Thinking

Meditations on the Ministry of All Christians


Be A Disciple

A Disciple’s Path; A Guide for United Methodist

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Adult Christian Studies from the Wesley Ministry Network

Traveling Together: A Guide for Disciple Forming Congregations


Living As United Methodist Christians

Methodist Doctrine: The Essentials

Reclaiming our Wesleyan Tradition: John Wesley’s Sermons for Today

John Wesley Sermons: Anthology


Get Their Name

Evangelism & Theology in the Wesleyan Spirit

Canoeing the Mountains

Fresh Expressions

Fresh Expressions: Dinner Church

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Reach New Disciples

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: 50 Ways to Reach People

Community: The Structure of Belonging


Institute for Emerging Issues

Congregations 4 Children


The Royce and Jane Reynolds Ministry Fund Grants

The Duke Endowment







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