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The College for Congregational Development


June 9th (Sunday Evening) – June 14th (Friday Noon)

The only required evening participation will be Thursday for special dinner.

Overnight accommodations are offered through Wayne State University Housing which is within walking distance from the Cathedral.

Lunch and light refreshments will be provided Monday-Friday for all participants.
Breakfast and dinner will also be provided Sunday-Friday for participants staying at Wayne State University.

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The Registration deadline is May 1st. If you have any questions please reach out to the Rev. Canon Ellen Ekevag at

Photo from The College of Congregational Development at The Cathedral Church of St. Paul, Detroit – 2022

About the college

The College for Congregational Development is a comprehensive training program that originated in the Diocese of Olympia in Western Washington. It seeks to nurture and develop congregational development practitioners from within existing parish lay and clergy leadership.

The College is a two-year program that includes readings, homework, presentation, working in teams, the completion of a content exam and the completion of two back-home projects. Because the College seeks to improve the way that leaders function in congregations, congregations are strongly encouraged to send clergy-lay teams to the College.

Visit the CCD website to learn more.

The College’s aims are:

  • Healthy, faithful, sustainable congregations fulfilling their calling to be the Body of Christ in a particular place and time and among a particular people.
  • Congregations that are grounded in a robust identity rooted in an Anglican ethos and spirituality.
  • Leaders that are both self-defined and connected to their communities of faith. Leaders who are both aware of and responsive to the particular challenges and opportunities before them. Leaders who can help their faith communities engage and respond to their challenges and opportunities.
  • A common language and community of practice around congregational development in the Diocese. Stronger connections among congregational leaders for the purposes of learning, community, mutual encouragement, and inspiration.
  • The creation of useful training programs that can be shared freely and used by others in the broader Church.