College for Congregational Development


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. 


In 2018-2019 we will offer a four-weekend intensive training of the Year A curriculum. To complete a full training, participants MUST attend all four of these weekend intensives in 2018-2019, which equal one of the full week trainings. These will be held at St. James Commons with overnight accommodations available.


Friday, September 21-Saturday, September 22, 2018

Friday, December 7-Saturday, December 8, 2018

Friday, February 8-Saturday, February 9, 2019

Friday, May 10-Saturday, May 11, 2019

REGISTER FOR THE 2018-2019 WEEKEND INTENSIVES -registration link to come soon for the 2018-2019 Year A Weekend Trainings (must commit to attending all four weekends). The cost for the training is $800/person. Scholarships are available to members of congregations located in the Diocese of Chicago only. We strongly encourage congregations to send teams to this training so that it might be most effective in your local congregation. Scholarships are available, the current maximum scholarship is $400/student and must be approved by the director of the College. 

Summer Trainings

Register now for the Summer Intensive! The Year A week long intensive will be offered June 10-16, 2018 at the Loyola University Retreat and Ecology Campus, located in Woodstock, Illinois. Registration for the summer intensive is now open! To register, click here

 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.