Diocese of Maryland CCD participants learn from CCD instructor Alissa Newton with with Presiding Bishop Michael Curry


The College for Congregational Development is a comprehensive training program that originated in the Diocese of Olympia in 2009 and is launching in the Diocese of Maryland as a virtual gathering in June 2020. It seeks to equip lay leaders and clergy in congregational and organization development. The program draws organization development and congregational development theory and practice. It focuses on developing healthy, responsive leadership, facilitation, and teamwork through current and traditional understandings of Anglican/Episcopal ethos, culture, spirituality and ways of being the church today. It is a two-year program. Studies include readings, a content exam, and the completion of two projects within participants’ ministry settings.


The goals of the College are:

  • To support healthy, faithful, sustainable churches living into their calling to be the Body of Christ in their own time and place.
  • To empower congregations be deeply grounded in their own Episcopal identity within their context.
  • To develop leaders who understand the challenges and opportunities they face and are equipped to respond, both individually and together, with their faith communities.
  • To support a practice of congregational development throughout the Diocese, with a common language and culture, and recognizing that this is possible for churches of all sizes, locations, and conditions.
  • To build connections and a community of love among leaders within and between congregations that strengthen shared learning, encouragement, community, and inspiration.

The College is not just another supposed magic fix-it pill. Its focus on congregational teams broadens leadership so that clergy are not always the experts in the room and forced to lead in isolation. In the College, leadership teams are modeled and built through common understanding. Teams are best able to implement positive, shared, and long-lasting change for the health of the whole community. In the College we are invited to practice daily skills designed to meet the needs of individual congregations.



Over the past two years, the Diocesan Congregational Vitality Cohort experienced the benefits of the College training within its ranks. To date,13 participants from Maryland – both lay and clergy – have attended the College in other dioceses, and the training has transformed how they lead. It has also improved their ability to assist other congregations in need as we partner with each other. Our experience overall has strengthened our resolve to bring the College to Maryland so that these gifts and this community of practice aren’t limited to a few, but are available for all.


Come get a taste of what the College has to offer in four one-hour online sessions using Zoom. Each session will teach one of the core models or principals of Congregational Development with a specific eye toward how this particular model or tool is useful during this unprecedented time for the Church. How can this crisis be part of the healthy development of our congregations? Come find out.

Congregations are encouraged to register teams of clergy and lay leaders to best be able to employ the models presented, however registration is open to everyone interested in the Diocese of Maryland.

The workshops will be offered June 10 and 11 from Noon – 4:00 PM each day. Zoom presentations will be from Noon – 1:00 PM and 3:00 – 4:00 PM, with time in between to work on assignments and/or set up virtual meetings with your congregational team for reflection.

Registration deadline is June 3.

Contact the Rev. Kristin Krantz, director, College for Congregational Development, [email protected].



The Rev. Kristin Krantz
Director of the College for Congregational Development in the Diocese of Maryland
[email protected]

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