Building Congregations’ Capacity to Engage with Community
Rural churches stay vital and live their calling to transform the world by reaching out and helping neighbors thrive. The Duke Endowment is committed to helping congregations build their capacity to engage in meaningful service ministries that make positive change in the wider community.
Clergy Health Initiative
Studies indicate that clergy are in one of the nation’s most overworked professions. The Duke Endowment has invested $21 million in the Clergy Health Initiative since 2007.
Providing Scholarships for Rural Church Leaders
Rural churches can be a powerful force in creating more vibrant rural communities, especially when a strong and visionary minister is at the helm. To help prepare ministers for service in rural congregations, The Duke Endowment supports several clergy leadership programs at Duke Divinity School.
Church Legacy Initiative
The Church Legacy Initiative (CLI), an effort by the Western North Carolina Conference with support by a grant from The Duke Endowment, seeks the best path to renew and revitalize rural communities. The project assists churches in making faithful decisions about their future, including closure in some cases.
Advancing the Thriving Rural Communities Initiative
We believe that rural churches are anchor institutions that can serve as a catalyst for human, community and economic advancement in the communities they serve. Developing leaders for the complex and dynamic ministry challenges in North Carolina’s rural communities is a primary focus of our grantmaking investments.
Summer Literacy Initiative
The Duke Endowment works with rural congregations to combat “the summer slide,” or learning loss, in their communities through evidence-informed literacy programs.
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