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Lunch & Learn Series for Faith-Based Leaders

Faith-based communities and organizations are complex non-profit organizations with many stakeholders – members, parishioners, donors, staff, and outreach partners.   

As a leader of a faith-based community or organization, we invite you to take 90 minutes, once a month, to join fellow leaders in leaning new techniques that will allow you to better communicate, expand, measure, and manage your mission.        

Join us for one session or all six classes in the Lunch & Learn Series.   Course credit toward a Duke Certificate in Nonprofit Management is available.

Individuals who attend all six sessions will receive a Certificate of Completion of the Lunch & Learn Series for Faith-Based Leaders.

For more information, contact Mary Sherk, Program Coordinator, mary.sherk@duke.edu or Nancy Love, Director, nancy.love@duke.edu.

Bring your lunch. Beverages will be provided.    

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June 21: Leadership Structures in Faith-Based Organizations – Eric Syfrett, presenter

Who is leading your organization? Do you have a Board, Elders, Staff, Council, Deacons, something else? We will help you identify strategies for the various groups of leaders you have responsibility FOR and are responsible TO.

July 19:  10 Reasons Meetings Are Killing Your Momentum – Eric Syfrett, presenter

Nobody loves them; some people hate them; but they're necessary, right? Maybe or maybe not. We will work through 10 reasons meetings are not contributing to your progress and how to address them.

August 16: Financial Confidence 101 - Understanding Financial Statements for Faith-Based Leaders – Eric Syfrett, presenter

Do you zone out when numbers and dollar signs come up? This is the starter course you wish you had taken already. We will give you the tools to engage numbers with confidence and empower you to ask important questions.

September 20: Social Media for Faith-Based Leaders – Jeanne Allen, presenter

Do you know your way around Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest, YouTube, etc.? We will help you identify where to put your energy and resources in this important sphere. We will also help you consider how your media channels can contribute or detract from your mission.

October 18: Budgeting – Eric Syfrett, presenter

Do you know how to write a financial plan for your ministry or department? We will show you where to start and help you draft a starter budget for the coming calendar or fiscal year.

November 15: Strategic Planning – Jeanne Allen, presenter

Do you know where your ministry or faith-based organization is going? Do you know how to get there? Have you written a plan so you can take others with you? We will introduce resources that can help you develop a strategic plan for your ministry or team.

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Earning the Certificate

One course hour can be earned per session toward a Duke Certificate in Nonprofit Management provided the student is in attendance for the full session. No partial credit available.
Individuals who attend all six sessions will receive a certificate acknowledging completion of the Lunch & Learn Series for Faith-Based Leaders.
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Eric Syfrett is the Executive Pastor of King's Park International Church in Durham, NC. In this role, as a board member and as a consultant, he has helped not-for-profits and businesses, small and large, develop their staff, setup and systems to succeed financially and administratively. Eric holds a Duke Certificate in Nonprofit Management and a Masters of Accountancy from UNC-Chapel Hill. Eric and his wife, Adena, live in Durham with their two daughters.

Jeanne Allen, Ed.S, has over 30 years of experience in the nonprofit sector in a variety of management and staff positions, including instructor in the Duke University Nonprofit Management Program; independent consultant, Management Consultant at Girl Scouts USA National Headquarters; and Assistant Dean, Multicultural Programs, Westchester (NY) Community College. Ms. Allen holds an Ed.S. in Instructional Systems Technology and MS in Adult Education from Indiana University. She is a Board Source Certified Governance Trainer.

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Schedule & Registration


June 21: Leadership Structures in Faith-Based Organizations

July 19:  10 Reasons Meetings Are Killing Your Momentum

August 16:  Financial Confidence 101 - Understanding Financial Statements for Faith-Based

September 20: Social Media for Faith-Based Organizations

October 18: Budgeting

November 15: Strategic Planning

Registration opens May 15, 2017.


Registration Methods

1. REGISTER ONLINE by credit card where your payment is processed as a secure encrypted transaction.
2. Register by phone at 919-684-6259 or toll- free at 1-866-edu-duke during our business hours (Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm ET).

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Directions & Accommodations



Duke Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative
The Bullpen
215 Morris Street, Suite 300
Durham NC 27701
Conference Room 340

Parking: Two hour parking validation with ticket from Durham Center Parking Garage, 300 W Morgan Street, Durham NC 27701

Durham Center Parking Garage
300 W Morgan St
Durham NC 27701

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Tuition & Funding Sources


$45 per session, $240 for all six sessions (must register for all at one time to receive discount pricing)

Tuition includes beverages and handouts.  Participants are encouraged to bring their own lunch.  Beverages will be provided.

Duke Employee Discounts

Duke Employee discount is 10% off single session fee of $ $45 ($4.50) or a discount of $24 for the series.

Discount must be requested and applied during the registration process.

To register, call 919-684-6259.

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Policies & Procedures

Refund Policy

Individual Courses

To receive a refund, minus a processing fee for each session cancelled, or to switch to a different course,  we must receive your written cancellation / transfer request at least two weeks before the course begins for the daily classes.

Processing fees for transfer or cancellation are $20 for each individual course.

To submit a cancellation request:

FAX: 919-681-8235
EMAIL: learnmore@duke.edu
MAIL: Registration – Nonprofit Management, Duke Continuing Studies, Box 90700, Durham NC  27708-0700

Please include your name, address, phone number, and program title.  Refunds will be made in the manner you paid.  Failure to attend any class or classes does not entitle you to a refund or replacement class.

Bad Checks
If a check is returned for insufficient funds, we will charge a returned check fee of $35. Checks will not be resubmitted. The replacement payment must include the additional $35 and be in the form of cash, money order, or credit card.

Course is Filled / Waiting List
If a course is already filled, a waiting list is usually available instead. If you are interested in placing your name on the waiting list, follow the checkout instructions to do so. If a space becomes available, a registration staff member will call you and ask if you are still interested. If you are interested, registration staff can take your payment information over the phone and complete your registration at that time.

If We Cancel a Course
Sometimes we have to cancel a course that does not meet minimum enrollment, or due to unforeseen events. If that happens, you will receive a full refund. Duke Continuing Studies reserves the right to substitute instructors or change the day a course meets.

Tax Deductions
Course fees and expenses are sometimes tax deductible. Please consult an accountant concerning this matter. Non-credit programs at Duke Continuing Studies do not generate 1098-T forms, in accordance with the following IRS guideline: Instructions for Forms 1098-E and 1098-T published by the Department of the Treasury, Internal Revenue Service, states “You do not have to file Form 1098-T or furnish a statement for: Courses for which no academic credit is offered, even if the student is otherwise enrolled in a degree program…”

Series Participants
Refunds will be given on a pro-rated basis, minus a processing fee of $20 per course. We must receive your written cancellation request at least two weeks before the course begins.

Attendance Policy

The course starts promptly at 11:30 am and ends at 1:00 pm. To receive credit toward the Certificate in Nonprofit Management, registered participants are expected to be on time and stay for the duration of the session.   

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