Adult Formation

Lay leadership development and adult formation have been strengths of this diocese. For over twenty-five years, the Whitaker Institute has served as the diocesan center for life-long learning. Signature programs include Exploring Your Spiritual Journey (EYSJ), a year-long discernment program for those seeking vocational guidance; Safeguarding God’s Children; and lay worship leader and preaching licensure. Recently, with the dioceses of Eastern and Western Michigan, we began the Academy for Vocational Leadership, a training program for Total Ministry leaders and vocational deacons.

Students at the Academy for Vocational Leadership stop for a group photo
Students at the Academy for Vocational Leadership stop for a group photo
The EYSJ program begins with a retreat at the Emrich Center
The EYSJ program begins with a retreat at the Emrich Center
A workshop at the annual Ministry Fair
A workshop at the annual Ministry Fair
Bishop Gibbs leads a pilgrimage group to the Holy Land
Bishop Gibbs leads a pilgrimage group to the Holy Land
Receiving a program certificate at the Whitaker Institute year-end celebration
Receiving a program certificate at the Whitaker Institute year-end celebration