Monday, August 6, 2018 – 1:00pm to
Wednesday, August 8, 2018 – 2:00pm
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.
Participants will join in worship, plenary sessions, workshops, fellowship, and Sabbath. Preachers, plenary speakers, and workshop leaders will offer models and resources for cultivating diverse communities within a rural church setting.
This family-friendly event is funded by The Duke Endowment. To attend, you must serve a church that is eligible to receive Duke Endowment grants. The list of Duke Endowment eligible churches was expanded in 2014, which has allowed additional pastors to participate in this event.
In response to growing demand for this event and in an effort to include participants with a diverse array of experiences, we have implemented an application process that includes answering a few brief essay questions. Applications will be accepted until April 20, 2018. Those selected to attend will receive notification and be invited to register on April 25, 2018, and will have until May 11, 2018, to register; all others will be notified that they have been added to a waiting list.
Participants who attend all sessions of the event will be emailed one continuing education unit at the conclusion of the event.
Questions regarding this event can be directed to Rev. Brad Thie, Director of Thriving Rural Communities, at 919-660-3423 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Event Program Coordinator Rachel Sanchez at email@example.com.