Join DCDI, Transform your Parish

About DCDI:

The Diocesan Church Development Institute (DCDI) is a leadership-training program focused on developing the spiritual community and organizational life of congregations.

We equip leaders to serve their congregation through a highly integrated training experience that engages participants in the issues and dynamics that they face as leaders. DCDI is a program for clergy and lay leaders who desire to transform their congregations by making them stronger, healthier, more deeply rooted in Anglican Spirituality, more responsive to God, and more effective in their communities.

We believe that congregations of all sizes can live a full Christian life. The task is to create a fit between their size, resources, and vision for ministry.

We believe that the congregation is a local expression of the Body of Christ, the People of God. The task is to build the congregation’s life and future on a deep appreciation of its distinctive qualities and strengths.

We believe that congregational development involves our striving as a community of faith, toward God. It is not primarily something we do, or create, or make happen. It is more the way in which a congregation shares in the Divine Life; enters into and reflects the unity, holiness, catholicity and apostolicity of the Church. It is living the Christian life, not simply as individuals, but as a people. The task is for the congregation to discern and act on the Spirit’s movement in its life.

We believe that there is much to learn and use from the research and experimentation of secular organizations. The task is to appropriately adapt those resources to the Church’s nature and mission.

We believe that the relationship between congregations and the diocese is important in the work of congregational development. The task is to build a higher level of trust between congregations and dioceses and to help dioceses better organize themselves to enable congregational development.


Who attends DCDI?

Active church members are invited to attend DCDI. Many wardens choose to enroll, and committee leaders, social leaders, education leaders, worship leaders, clergy and other church staff choose to attend. Several churches identify and invite future leaders to participate, in preparation for future leadership roles. The DCDI experience is richer and more productive when participants enroll as part of a parish team. It is strongly recommended that you enroll with a group of 3-5 people from your own parish. The people who attend are curious about how to exercise their unique, God-given gifts to support a healthy and vibrant parish.


What does a typical weekend look like?

Each weekend’s schedule includes a variety of activity. Engaging presentations address our four core competencies: Skills, Methods, Theories and Self-Awareness. Small group discussions invite participants to explore the topic more deeply and practice facilitation skills. Parish teams talk about how to apply the material to their own parish reality. Individual reflection is a time to discern your role in your Christian community. Each weekend includes interactive time with the Bishop on topics specific to the weekend’s curriculum. Shared mealtimes and an evening social time is a relaxing way to create and foster relationships. We worship together as an Episcopal community, saying the Daily Office throughout the day and celebrating Eucharist. Personal quiet time can be used for connecting with loved ones back home, prayer and meditation, or walking the retreat center grounds.



The Ralph A. McMullen (RAM) Center 
104 Conservation Drive
Roscommon, MI 48653
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The DCDI program consists of eight Friday & Saturday sessions spread out over two years.
We gather at 10:00am on Friday and depart at 3:00pm on Saturday.


The dates for 2017 are:
March 24-25, 2017
May 5-6, 2017
September 29-30, 2017
November 17-18, 2017


DCDI is a collaboration of the Dioceses of Eastern Michigan and Western Michigan, with support from the training network from several dioceses across the Episcopal Church.

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