Duke’s 2017 Convocation & Pastors’ School


Registration is now available for the 2017 Convocation & Pastors’ School, Oct. 9-10 at Duke Divinity School. The annual two-day conference offers lectures, worship and seminars for Christian leaders of all traditions. How can the Church confront and heal the bias and hate that breeds fear and division within our families, congregations, and communities? How can clergy and church leaders empower congregations to embrace the freedom God offers to seek justice and love kindness with and for our neighbors? Join us as we explore strategies for living into God’s will and action for the world. Featured presenters:
  • Lecia Brooks, outreach director, Southern Poverty Law Center;
  • Amy Butler, senior minister, The Riverside Church of New York;
  • Michael-Ray Mathews, director of Clergy Organizing, PICO National Network
  • Valerie Cooper, associate professor of Religion and Society and Black Church Studies, Duke Divinity School; and
  • William H. Lamar IV, pastor of Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church, Washington, D.C., will serve as convocation preacher.
Pastors serving churches eligible for grants from The Duke Endowment, current students, 1st year seminary graduates and retired pastors 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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