The Institute for Preaching Through Duke Divinity School

April 1, 2018

The Institute of Preaching is a nine-month program of three retreats designed to help clergy from the Florida and Western North Carolina Conferences of the United Methodist Church improve their preaching.

During each retreat, participants hear from recognized authorities on preaching – both practitioners and Duke faculty — and also work with other participants in small peer groups, discussing their ministries and reviewing each other’s sermons. Between retreats, participants are encouraged to work with a small group from their own congregation to receive critical and constructive sermon feedback.

The Institute of Preaching is a partnership of the Florida Institute of Preaching Committee and Duke Divinity School. It is sponsored by the Florida Conference and the Parish Ministry Fund of the Western North Carolina Conference. All full-time elders and local pastors serving in either conference are eligible to apply.

Duke Divinity School is now soliciting nominations for the 2015-2016 Institute of Preaching. Ideal candidates are United Methodist pastors who:
  • Serve as full-time elders or local pastors in the Florida or Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church
  • Do not anticipate a change in appointment in the coming year
  • Want to take their preaching to the next level
The Institute is a highly selective and intensive program, with enrollment limited to no more than 12 pastors from Florida and six from Western North Carolina. Pastors who are selected for the program will participate in a congregational training day and three retreats.

Registration Opens: March 2018
Apply by: May 18, 2018
Application Deadline for Submitting Materials: May 18, 2018
Admissions Committee Meets: Beginning of June
Admissions Decisions Released via Email: Mid-June
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