Congregational Life & Development

Our diocesan staff and programming are largely organized around congregational support and development. Two full-time staff members, the Canon for Congregational Life and the Diocesan Ministry Developer, are dedicated to this work. All of the staff consult regularly with congregational leaders throughout the diocese.  One day each week, either the bishop or another diocesan staff member is in residence in the western half of the diocese. In February, vestry resource days are held in two locations to provide education and support for wardens, clergy, and vestry members. The Vital Congregations Committee created the Requiem or Renaissance program for congregations that are ready to commit to revitalization. We also currently have six Total Ministry communities, whose spiritual leaders are called from within the congregation. These leaders have received local training utilizing a variety of sources, such as Whitaker offerings and the Iona curriculum of the Academy for Vocational Leadership.  

The Total Ministry leadership team at St. Michael and All Angels, Cambridge Junction
The Total Ministry leadership team at St. Michael and All Angels, Cambridge Junction
Fundraising event for the Church at Crossroads
Fundraising event for the Church at Crossroads
Canon Jim Gettel presenting at the annual Vestry Day workshops
Canon Jim Gettel presenting at the annual Vestry Day workshops
Church of the Messiah, Detroit, is a Total Ministry congregation actively engaged with life and justice in the city
Church of the Messiah, Detroit, is a Total Ministry congregation actively engaged with life and justice in the city
Vestry Day workshops build skills and relationships for leadership
Vestry Day workshops build skills and relationships for leadership
Ministry Fair provides opportunities for sharing and learning with other congregational leaders
Ministry Fair provides opportunities for sharing and learning with other congregational leaders
Members of Emmaus share communion
Members of Emmaus share communion