Will Willimon

Professor of the practice of Christian ministry

The Rev. Dr. William H. Willimon is professor of the practice of Christian ministry at Duke Divinity School. He served as bishop of the North Alabama Conference of the United Methodist Church from 2004 to 2012. For 20 years prior to that, he was dean of Duke University Chapel and a professor at Duke Divinity School. He also has served churches in Georgia and South Carolina. Willimon is the author of over 70 books, including “Bishop: The Art of Questioning Authority by an Authority in Question.” He teaches and lectures widely, as well as writing the blog, A Peculiar Prophet.

Will Willimon: Incorporation

The inner life of a fictional church in the Midwest is the subject of a novel by the bishop who served the North Alabama Conference of the United Methodist Church from 2004 to 2012.

Listening like a bishop

Most people who have the leader's ear want to talk about protecting the status quo, says United Methodist Bishop Will Willimon. The trick is to find people who have not been heard.

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2024 Sabbatical Grant for Researchers

The Sabbatical Grant for Researchers (SGR) offers grants up to $40,000 to support academic sabbatical leave for projects about Christian faith and life, the practice of ministry, religious trends and movements, Christian and other faith-based institutions and religion and social issues. Louisville Institute is especially interested in projects that demonstrate a desire to bridge the North American church and academy.

SGR is most often used to supplement an existing semester sabbatical with a second term or semester. Typical applicants are fully employed in accredited academic institutions and are eligible for a full year leave from teaching and administrative responsibilities. Grants awarded in the 2024 cycle will fund sabbaticals taking place during the 2024-2025 academic year or during the 2025 calendar year.

Applications are due November 1, 2023.

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