Congregational Development

2018 Training Dates and Locations

Weekend Sessions 
 April 6 - 8 - The Bishop’s Ranch
 October 26 - 28 - The Bishop’s Ranch

*Check-in for the weekend training sessions begins on Friday at 9:00 a.m.
 and the program begins at 10:00 a.m. The weekend sessions end on Sunday at 4:00 p.m.


Week-Long Intensive
 June 10 - 16 - The Bishop's Ranch

*Check-in for the week-long training session begins on Sunday at 3:00 p.m.
 and the program begins at 4:00 p.m. The week-long session end on Saturday at 4:00 p.m.

*Participants register for both Weekend Sessions or the Week-Long Intensive

Standard tuition is $700 for those parishes in the Diocese of Northern California and $900 for those outside of the Diocese of Northern California.

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The College for Congregational Development is...

- a program that builds skills and increases capacity for participants to develop congregations of all sizes, locations and conditions in to more faithful, healthy and effective communities of faith.
- a training program designed to increase leadership capacity and refine facilitation skills necessary to lead meetings, small groups and teaching sessions.
- an opportunity to equip participants with tools to assess the needs of their congregation, to develop strategies for its growth and vitality, and focus energy on its priorities.
- a curriculum that teaches participants the skills to lead change processes, manage conflict and articulate the identity and purpose of their congregation.
- a two-year, comprehensive training program for laity and clergy.
- a learning opportunity grounded in both organizational development theory and practice; in congregational development theory and practice; and in the unique ecclesial tradition, beliefs and character of The Episcopal Church and the Anglican Church.

For more information, please contact the Rev. Canon Andrea McMillin at or 916-442-6918 ext. 214.

Highlights: 2015 College for Congregational Development Trainings


Standard tuition is $700 for those parishes in the Diocese of Northern California and $900 for those outside of the Diocese of Northern California.

For more information about these events and opportunities, please contact the Rev. Canon Andrea McMillin at or 916-442-6918 ext 214 or Jacqi Seppi, Assistant to the Canon to the Ordinary, at or 916-442-6918 ext 228.


In our diocese, the Rev. Canon Andrea McMillin, the Rev. Stephen Shaver and Ms. Caroline McCall are directors and trainers for the College for Congregational Development (pictured below). Additionally, we are inviting trainers from the Episcopal Diocese of Olympia, the Episcopal Diocese of California and the Anglican Diocese of New Westminster.

FAQs About the College

Who Should Participate?

· Teams of clergy and laity from congregations who are ready to gain practical skills in assessing and implementing changes that will lead to greater vitality.
· Congregations ready to focus their efforts in areas that will lead to greater vitality and growth, using planned, managed and intentional processes.
· Congregations that have supportive leadership: clergy and laity.
· Congregations with the will to invest the time, money and effort to work as a team, and with other congregations, towards greater vitality using these tools and skills.
· Individuals who are willing to commit to the whole program, to read the materials and to participate fully, being responsible for their own learning experiences.

What Is Congregational Development?

Congregational development and vitalization is the development of congregations of all sizes, locations and conditions into more faithful, healthy and effective communities of faith. These communities are:

· Focused on their unique reason and primary task for being: congregations that are local manifestations of the Body of Christ.
· Connected to and expressive of their unique ecclesial tradition, ethos and character.
· Self-renewing and responsive to the challenges and opportunities before them.
· Sustainable, or working towards greater sustainability, in the elements of their organizational life: vision for ministry, worship, leadership, culture, size, property, finances and program.

How Is This Related to Organization Development?

Organization Development is how organizations and groups of people function most effectively and authentically in the service of their core purposes. Congregational Development shares this goal, and does so in the unique context of Christian congregations. In this diocese, our unique contexts are the Episcopal and Anglican traditions.

CCD draws extensively from insights and skills in the Organization Development (OD) community, and also from pastoral theology, Anglican spirituality, scripture and church history. Shared worship is a core component of all CCD sessions, and Episcopal identity and congregational life are the focus of many of the core models.

Core Content Examples:

· The Primary Task of Congregations (Gather, Transform, Send)
· Key elements of Congregational Life (Sources of Transformation)
· Faith Development in Community
· The Benedictine Life
· Life Cycle of Organizations
· Congregational Size Model
· Elements of an Organizational System
· Change Processes (Lewin, Action Research, Appreciative Mindset)
· Managing Change Processes (Kotter)
· Episcopal and Anglican Identity, and your Congregation’s Identity

Other Congregational Resources

Please click on each of the following discussion topics below to find a brief success story and related support resources, including recommended reading, links, consultants and more.


Sharing the Good News

How can we share the good news of Christ with others?

Planning & Evaluating
How can we be more effective in our ministries and programs? What is a healthy church?

How do we reach out to our neighbors in need?

How does a congregation embrace the multi-cultural nature of our communities in Northern California

How do we improve our worship life?

Youth & Young Adults
How can we effectively build relationships with youth and young adults?

What can we do to strengthen our Christian stewardship?

Total Ministry
How do we learn more about "Total Ministry," also known as "Shared Ministry" and as "Ministry of all the Baptized"?

Healthy and Vital Congregations
What does a healthy and vital congregation look like?

Small Church
What resources are there for healthy and vital small churches?

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