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Diocesan Church Development Institute

The Diocese of Eastern Michigan has joined with several others in The Episcopal Church to offer a course of training in the Diocesan Church Development Institute (DCDI). This initiative equips participating congregations in their mission and ministry as well as providing a structure to encourage and support each other as individual parishes and as a diocese.

DCDI is a leadership training program focused on the ministry of developing the spiritual, community and organizational life of a congregation through a hands on approach to learning. Its goal is to equip parish teams to lead congregations into the future through:

  • Renewing the baptismal identity and the apostolic ministry of parishioners
  • Providing tools and strategies for growth and openness for transformation
  • Empowering congregational teams to not only work effectively towards a common goal, but to know its identity – its calling
  • And to begin looking at how to embody this Godly call into mission

Each participating congregation sends a team of 3-4 people, including the Rector or Priest-in-Charge. Smaller teams are welcome also.

NEW FOR 2019-2020: CHILDCARE WILL BE PROVIDED! Please contact Mike Spencer (see below) if you have questions.

The cost has been subsidized to $50 per person for the two-year program. Financial assistance is available.

This is a collaboration between the Dioceses of Eastern and Western Michigan.


St. John’s Episcopal Church
405 N. Saginaw Road
Midland, MI 48640

Hotels are available nearby for congregations that may need to stay the night before or after the Saturday sessions.


The DCDI program takes place over six Saturdays per year for two years.

The dates for 2019-2020 are:

May 4
September 14
October 26
November 16
February 29
March 21


 To gather a team and join the Diocesan Church Development Institute, please contact Mike Spencer, Canon to the Ordinary, at or 877-752-6020.