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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:

  • Developing discipleship to provide spiritual leadership
  • Building leadership skills in individuals and parish teams
  • Cultivating a culture of experimentation

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

DCDI has a block of rooms reserved with the Hampton in Midland.  Contact Heather at or 989-413-3229 if you need assistance with your hotel reservation.


The DCDI program takes place over six Saturdays per year for two years. Each session is 10:00am to 4:30pm.

The dates for 2019-2020 are:

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.