Diocesan Church Development Institute

DCDI Milwaukee is a congregational development teaching program focused on developing the spiritual, community and organizational life of congregations. We equip participants with methods, skills, theories and self-awareness that teach how to intervene in faithfulness and health.

Do you ever wonder...How can my church grow?

  • What are my personal strengths and how do I use them?
  • What are different ways to survey the congregation?
  • How do other parishes make this work?
  • How do we make decisions that everyone can support?
  • I want to plan a productive meeting.
  • I need conflict management skills.
  • How do I develop new ministries?
  • How do we build community within our parish and our civic neighbors?

For a fresh perspective, peer learning and meaningful discussions about how to work in the parish you love, please join us. Each DCDI session adds something to your personal toolbox, which helps you practice healthy strategies in your parish. A new class started in November, 2016, meeting on Saturday–Sunday schedule.

Your learning is greatly enhanced by attending DCDI with a parish team of 2, 3 or 4 people. For enrollment and questions, contact Peggy Bean, 414-272-3028 ext. 158 or  .


Diocese of Milwaukee CDI Facebook Page

Congregational Development Blog

DCDI Website


Upcoming Dates

DCDI dates are for this Cycle are:

  • November 5–6, 2016
  • January 14–15, 2017
  • March 25–26, 2017
  • May 20–21, 2017

We begin at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday and end promptly at 12:30 on Sunday.

The Saturday/Sunday format gives us the opportunity to invite people who cannot take a Friday off and lets us experience Morning Prayer not only at DCDI but also at our home parishes if we choose. We ask for your prayers for our parish teams especially on DCDI weekends.

Our location will remain at Holy Wisdom Monastery in Madison http://benedictinewomen.org/

The next cycle dates are:

  • November 18–19, 2017
  • January 20–21, 2018             
  • March 10–11, 2018
  • May 5–6, 2018


The Positive Impact of Diocesan CDIs  in Milwaukee, Colorado, Northern Indiana, Georgia and Long Island can be seen in...

Individuals—in spiritual formation, expanding self awareness, leadership skills and ability to work in teams

Congregations—in defining clarity of purpose, encouraging healthy dynamics and intentional development

And the Diocese—in providing a common theory base along with tools and skills of congregational development that build a critical mass of healthy congregations

Diocesan Church Development Institute is the program for clergy and lay leaders who desire to make their congregations stronger, healthier, more deeply rooted in our tradition, more responsive to God, and more effective in their communities.
Sponsored by the Episcopal Diocese of Milwaukee