Gathering with Hope, 2023 Convocation on the Rural Church

August 7, 2023 - August 9, 2023
Monday, August 7, 2023 - 12:00am to Wednesday, August 9, 2023 - 11:59pm
Myrtle BeachFL

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.

This year’s event, “Gathering with Hope,” will take place August 7-9, 2023, at the Myrtle Beach Marriott Grande Dunes in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Our guest speakers, seminar leaders, and worship leaders include Priya Parker, Kate Bowler, Jessica Richie, Alma Tinoco Ruiz, Michael Long, Nina Balmaceda, and Yvette Pressley, just to name a few. These gifted leaders will walk us through what it looks like to be Christian leaders gathering with hope during these challenging times.

Please note that due to the high demand and limited space for Convocation on the Rural Church, we will utilize an application process to determine who is invited to register for the event.

If you have further questions please contact Ken Spencer, associate director of rural church engagement at Duke Divinity School, at or Ann Imrick, program coordinator, at