SAVE THE DATE! Convocation on the Rural Church

February 23, 2015

Convo300Marriott Resort & Spa at Grand Dunes Myrtle Beach, S.C.  August 10-12, 2015 The Convocation on the Rural Church is an annual opportunity for pastors of Duke Endowment-eligible churches 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, and fellowship. The theme of this year’s event is “Living Into Community,” and our guest will be Dr. Christine Pohl, Professor of Church in Society at Asbury Theological Seminary. Dr. Pohl is the author of Living Into Community and Making Room: Recovering Hospitality as a Christian Tradition. 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. The application will be available online on Wednesday, March 11. The application deadline is Wednesday, April 22. Those selected to attend will receive notification and be invited to register beginning in mid-May; all others will be added to a waiting list. Questions regarding this event can be directed to Rev. Brad Thie, Director of Thriving Rural Communities, at 919-660-3423 or, or Kelcie Morningstar, Event Program Coordinator, at Learn more about the Convocation on the Rural Church.