CCD Training provides education for members of congregations, allowing them to become CCD leaders who are able to work on a variety of development projects.
Who We Are
The College for Congregational Development Consulting Network of the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago is a group of skilled consultants who are passionate about working with Episcopal congregations and organizations across our diocese. We believe that congregations of all sizes, locations and circumstances can be developed into more faithful, healthy, and effective communities of faith. We provide customized resources to help with this process.
CCD Consultants are ready to help with a wide range of organizational projects, meetings, and leadership development opportunities, including mutual ministry review planning and facilitation, vestry retreats, special meetings, development projects, and Myers Briggs Typology. Learn more about the kind of work we do.
Our consultants are clergy and lay people from across the diocese who share a common background and training in congregational development, and each of us has a unique set of skills, strengths and qualifications that call us to the work of supporting congregations.
Peg is the rector of Grace Church, Sterling, where she has been a member since 1989. Before her ordination in 2013, she served as a vestry member and warden and a lay reader, lay Eucharistic minister, teacher, and lay preacher. Her consultation work includes conflict resolution and group processing, including mutual ministry reviews and vestry planning workshops and retreats, and also helps to shepherd churches through the search process.
Ellen is the rector of Emmanuel Episcopal Church, La Grange. She was ordained in 2006 and has experience with small rural churches and larger churches. She has consulted and worked with both congregations and dioceses. Her consultation work includes leadership development, conflict resolution, mutual ministry review, vestry retreats, and congregational development. She is a certified practitioner of the Myers Briggs Type Indicator and the Enneagram. She is a graduate of the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Direction.
Kara Wagner Sherer
Kara is a cradle Episcopalian and as a lay person worshipped in Minnesota, California, England, New York City, and Chicago. After graduation from Seabury-Western Theological Seminary and ordination in 2003, Kara served as the assistant rector at St. Paul and the Redeemer in Chicago. She has been the rector of St. John’s in Chicago since 2005. In the Diocese of Chicago, Kara has served on the Province V board, served as dean of the West Deanery, and currently co-chairs the Congregations Commission, which serves the diocese’s mission congregations. She enjoys leading vestry retreats, strategic planning, and mutual ministry reviews and has a gift for helping congregations discover, appreciate, and build on the gifts God has given them.
Joyce has a doctorate in health services organization and policy and comes to the priesthood from an academic life that included research and teaching in rural health systems. She maintains an interest in rural and small congregations, having served four such congregations in the Diocese of Chicago as rector, interim, and long-term supply. Joyce has experience with college and young adult ministry, both as an assistant chaplain and a diocesan missioner for young adult ministry. Her consulting skills lie in priest search processes, for which she has received training in interpretation of the CAT (Church Assessment Tool), small and rural congregational development, and assisting congregations to live into their mission with energy, focus, and creativity. She lives on her family farm in west central Illinois.
Jenny is the co-rector of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Peoria. She was ordained in 2011 and served churches in New Jersey and Connecticut before coming to the Diocese of Chicago. Jenny sees the heart of ministry as enabling people to live fully into who God created them to be and understands consulting with congregations to be part of that ministry. She is skilled at using the congregational development toolbox to help both individuals and church communities discern and follow God’s call on their lives and is a certified Myers Briggs Type Indicator practitioner.
The Rev. Gregg Morris currently serves as rector of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Downers Grove, IL. Gregg spent a 20-year career in professional lay ministry, serving in parish, school and college settings. He was also a trainer and consultant in the Episcopal Church, particularly as a Senior Trainer for LeaderResources, LLC, publisher of the widely-used Journey to Adulthood (J2A) program for youth. Between 1997 and 2008, he helped 175 Episcopal Churches across the US and Canada implement and successfully utilize the J2A program in their parishes.
How to Work with Us
If you are interested in talking through how your congregation may benefit from working with one of our consultants, the first step is to contact the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago director of ministries and CCD Director, Andrea Mysen. If you already have an idea of the consultant you would like to use, Andrea will check on that person’s availability. Once you are in touch with your consultant, you can work together to explore the project and the consultant’s role in it. Contact CCD Director Andrea Mysen, 312-751-4203, for more information.
Pricing and Fees
Once you have been paired with a consultant, establishing a contract for the scope of work and estimated time involved is done directly between the client congregation and the consultant. The standard fee is $50 per hour of work (including phone consultation and prep time). If a congregation opts to use a CCD consultant for their annual mutual ministry review the fee will be paid from the diocesan budget.
If cost is a barrier for your organization, there are limited funds available to assist with consulting fees, depending on need and circumstance. Contact CCD Director Andrea Mysen, 312-751-4203, for more information about pricing.