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

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