Beginning in 2007, the Institute began a partnership with the Center for Continuing Education at Duke Divinity School, changing from a large group format to an intensive formation experience for up to twelve preachers each year. Three retreats focus on personal mentoring in a one-on-one and small group format so that preacher's unique gifts may be nurtured and enhanced. Each of the retreats will include time spent in lecture and conversation with a member of the faculty of the Institute. There will be time for group interaction and personal reflection; additionally, there will be a consistent focus on worship, prayer, and spiritual growth.
The Institute will cover all expenses associated with the three sessions including tuition, room and board. The only costs pastors and their congregations need to assume are for all travel to and from the lay orientation and three sessions (including one in Durham, NC).