Continuing Education

Resources for Continuing Education


Within the Diocese

The Academy for Vocational Leadership is a three year formation program for deacons and total ministry support team members in the Diocese of Michigan. The Saturday Series is open to the public and is the core academic part of the academy. Year-long classes are offered in the Bible, Church History and Theology.

The Whitaker Institute offers many courses and workshops that are designed to enrich and support the ministry of all the baptized. Regular courses include:


Programs Offered by Episcopal Seminaries

Virginia Theological Seminary supports the Diocese of Michigan Baptized for Life congregations (Christ Episcopal Church, Dearborn; St. Barnabas, Chelsea; Trinity Episcopal Church, Belleville.)

Church Divinity School of the Pacific (CDSP) offers a Certificate in Anglican Studies is offered with two options: Residential and Low Residence. The Center for Anglican Learning and Leadership at CDSP offers regular online courses and has developed two series, making it possible for students to focus their study in a programmatic way. Each series will enable students to receive an Online Continuing Education Certificate.

Bexley Seabury offers the Diploma in Anglican Studies in two formats as well: Hybrid-intensive learning and Weekly Classroom setting. Nearly every course at Bexley Seabury can be taken for continuing education or for the love of learning. Bexley Seabury Leadership Institute at the Kellogg School is offered each June at Northwestern University.

Online Resources

The Whitaker Institute Online School offers short video with reflection questions, most of which are single sessions for 45-minutes to an hour.

The Whitaker Institute and Total Ministry of the Diocese of Michigan offers free to all congregations these formation videos from the Iona Center at the Episcopal Seminary of the Southwest. Simply sign up here and use “michigan” to have access to the videos.  Reach out to us if you would like more information!

The Center for Biblical Studies offers programs to help you engage the Bible like the Bible Challenge, a way to read the Bible in a year.

Here is our current 2019/July list of Spiritual Directors. 

Or check here for the Spiritual Directors International website for guidance. Here is some Spiritual Direction Guidance for finding and using Spiritual Directors.

Anti-Racism and Diversity Workshops

The Diocese of Michigan’s Diversity and Inclusion Task Force supports a Facebook page here.  For more information contact the Whitaker Institute.

Absalom Jones Center for Racial Healing (Diocese of Atlanta) has book studies, curriculum, youth programs, videos, etc.

Visions, Inc.

Crossroads Antiracism Organizing & Training


Continuing Education Guidelines and Reports

Continuing Education Guidelines for Clergy
Continuing Education Guidelines for Laity

Continuing Education Resources for Preaching

Priests, deacons and commissioned team members should send their annual reports each year by March 1 for the prior year to the Director of the Whitaker Institute. Other lay persons should submit their reports to their Rector, Vicar or Priest-in-Charge.