Welcome to the College for Congregational Development and Congregation Development Programs of the Diocese of Olympia
Enrolling two people from St. Germain (Hoodsport, WA) to the two-year College of Congregational Development was the turning point for our small, rural church. The College curriculum, combined with the equally important peer parish interactions, provided us with tools to reimagine St. Germain and ensure our survival. Today, we have new energy, a clear focus, and new members - along with renewed faith to share God’s Word on the WA peninsula.
Matt Hornyak, St. Germain, Hoodsport, WA
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Who Are We?
We are lay and clergy leaders. We are Episcopalians. We are members of small, rural congregations, mid-sized churches, and large, urban parishes and cathedrals. Our congregations have music programs, preachers, soaring buildings, crumbling buildings, websites, children, chaplains, old folks, problems, conflicts, challenges, new ideas, old habits, hope, fear, love, labor, and life. We remember our past and wonder about our future. We have a few regrets, but we’ve learned a few things too. We want our spiritual communities to be healthy, vibrant, and expressive of our unique identities. We gather to learn, connect, and return home with new energy and skills to effectively lead the communities we love.
What Is Congregational Development?
Congregational Development is the development of congregations of all sizes, locations, and conditions into more faithful, healthy, and effective communities of faith that are:
- Focused on and faithful to their unique reason for being—their primary task—as congregations. Congregations are local expressions of the Body of Christ.
- Connected to and expressive of their unique ecclesial tradition, ethos, and character.
- Self-renewing and responsive to the challenges and opportunities before them.
- Sustainable or working toward greater sustainability in terms of a fit between the elements of their organizational life: vision for ministry, leadership, culture, size, property, finances, etc.
- Fostering a culture of transparency, courage, flexibility, collaboration, and forgiveness in which the congregation and its leaders have a greater sense of choice.
Join Us in Three Ways:
We are now accepting nominations for the Bishop’s Preaching Award for 2016
Nominations must be received by October 14, 2016. The winner will be selected by a panel of lay and clergy readers.
The winner will be announced at the 2016 Diocesan Convention and will be awarded $1,000.
More information available on the Bishop's Preaching Award page
College for Congregational Development Registration for 2017 Now Open
Registration is now open for the College for Congregational Development for 2017. Register now as the College fills up fast! Go to Registration page
Weekend sessions (Friday & Saturday) 2017:
February 10–11, 2017;
April 21- 22, 2017;
September 8-9, 2017;
November 3-4, 2017;
June Week-long Intensive 2017:
June 18 (Sunday afternoon) to June 24 (Saturday, ending at 2 pm) 2017;