School for Parish Development

The school offers an opportunity for both clergy and lay people to develop skills in congregation and organizational development.

About the School for Parish Development

Rooted in the Anglican ethos, the school shapes church leaders to support and foster healthy, sustainable congregations. The skills and knowledge learned equip people on the individual, team, and whole system levels. Completing the program, you will be prepared to recognize your current reality, discern the future, and offer strategy, goals, and actions to move forward.

Participants will learn through plenary and small group sessions about change processes, facilitation, congregational and organizational development, personality type, and trust development. Working a series of models, case studies, and facilitated conversations, you will finish the two-year program over a course of eight weekends, confident in our ability to put knowledge to relevant and productive practice.

Registrants are encouraged to come in congregational teams of at least two or three people, of clergy and laity, as teams are proven more likely to create successful, positive change.

Forming Leaders To:


Look at the current reality and ask

Who are we? Where are we going?

Discern the future

What is God calling us to do and be in the time and this place?

Plan and move toward the future

How do we get there?

Through a combination of plenary, case studies, and small group work

Offer and receive feedback
Identify organizational change process,
Understand trust development,
Manage conflict, and sharpen facilitation skills

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can attend the school?

For optimum results when returning to the Parish, it is highly recommended that parishes send a team of two or three individuals which includes both clergy and lay leaders as teams are proven more successful at creating positive change.

What can I expect?

  • Four (4) weekends per Year, for two (2) years
  • Sign a learning agreement
  • Fully participate in all eight (8) sessions
  • Submit two (2) written projects
  • Complete all readings
  • Pass the “models exam”

What are the course dates and times?

2018 Sessions are being held at St. Helen’s Anglican Church, Orleans.
1234 Prestone Drive.

2018 – Year A
February 02-03
June 01-02
September 14-15
November 23-24

2019 – Year B
February 01-02
May 31 – June 01
September 13-14
November 22-23

How much does it cost?

$500 per year

Fees for participants from the Diocese of Ottawa are $500 for the weekend residential session. This includes meals on the weekends, the manual and the program.

Additionally, students are responsible for acquiring their own reading materials.

Fees for participants outside the Diocese of Ottawa are $1,000.

Registration for the 2019 Weekend Sessions is open!

We will be offering Year B.

Over the four weekend sessions participants will engage in group formation, work with models, learn to give and receive feedback in congregations, groups and as individuals. We will work on conflict, learn ways to do Organization Development interventions and begin to prepare projects to be done at home.

The School is designed so that participants can begin either in Year A or Year B. To graduate the School, participants must complete both years of content, including readings and projects.


Heidi Danson
School Registrar

(613) 232-7124 x 222