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Diocesan School for Leadership

A week long opportunity to develop your skills

The Diocesan School for Leadership offers a comprehensive leadership training program for lay people and clergy to help them lead the Diocese and their own faith communities today and into the future.

The School equips people to 

  • Look at their current reality: Who are we? Where are we?
  • Discern the future: What is God calling us to be in this time and place?
  • Work on plans to get to the future: How do we get there?

Next session

JULY 26TH - AUGUST 1ST, 2015, at Rosemary Heights


Fees for participants from the Diocese of New Westminster are $500. This includes overnight accommodation and meals as well as the program and manual. As of 2014, bursaries are available for lay participants who cannot afford the fees. Contact Marnie Peterson for more information.

Fees for participants outside the Diocese of New Westminster are $1,000, which includes overnight accommodation and meals as well as the program and manual.


Integrating personal faith and Anglican theological understanding, the School focuses on how individuals, groups, and whole organizations function. We draw on material from congregational and organization development. Both new and experienced leaders benefit from readings, discussions, case studies and other forms of learning and, following the School, apply their learning to parish projects.

The whole program is offered over two summers; participants can begin in either Year A or Year B.


Each day begins with Morning Prayer, followed by a combination of plenary sessions and small group work. A social hour precedes dinner. Most evenings include an after-dinner session, and the day ends with Evening Prayer. Because of the demanding pace, participants should not expect to complete other work such as sermon preparation.

Participants are expected to take responsibility their own learning. This includes completing assigned readings, participating fully in working sessions, attending daily worship and engaging and completing team projects. Late arrivals and early departures are discouraged.

Participants wishing to receive a certificate of completion must complete both sessions (Years A and B), submit two project write-ups, and complete the readings between sessions. They are also asked to sign a learning agreement at the beginning of their first session and pass the “models exam” sometime during their second session.

About the trainers

Bishop of the Diocese, the Rt. Rev. Melissa Skelton, Program Director

The Rt. Rev. Melissa Skelton is the Bishop of the Diocese of New Westminster. She was consecrated and installed as the 9th Bishop of the Diocese, March 1st. 2014. Up until February, 2014 she was the Rector of St. Paul’s, Seattle, Bishop Melissa has served as a Congregational Development Consultant in the Diocese of Maine and as a Trainer for The Church Development Institute for over ten years. Prior to moving to Seattle, Bishop Melissa was Rector of Trinity Church, Castine, Maine, the principle in an independent consulting practice. Prior to this she served as Vice President and Leader of System Development at Tom’s of Maine and Vice President of Administration at The General Theological Seminary where she also led The College for Bishops. In addition to her M.Div., Melissa holds an MA in English, an MBA, a Certificate in Organization Development from National Training Labs, and a Certificate from The Church Development Institute.

Tasha Carrothers

Tasha works for the Diocese of New Westminster in congregational development, which includes facilitating Parish Mission Reviews and the Ministry Assessment Process, resourcing the Diocesan School for Leadership, one-on-one coaching in congregational development, and supporting one-time events such as workshops and retreats.  

Previous work includes stints as a welfare advocate and a volunteer coordinator. She holds a BA from McGill University, an MTS from Vancouver School of Theology and most recently, is a graduate of the Diocese of Olympia’s College for Congregational Development.

The Rev. Jeremy Clark-King

Jeremy serves as rector of St Mary’s Kerrisdale in Vancouver. Ordained in 1990 in the Church of England, he saw the light and moved to Canada in 2005. He has worked in parishes of very different sizes and types as well as university chaplaincy. He is a member of staff with the College for Congregational Development in the Diocese of Olympia. He loves helping people and congregations find new ways to be more faithful to their calling as part of God’s mission.

The Rev. Louie Engnan

From 1997 to 2007, Louie was a full-time parish priest in the Philippine Independent Church, where his diocesan ministries included youth and social concerns. He holds a Bachelor in Theology, an M.A. in Education, and a diploma in Nursing. In 2012 he completed both the Intentional Interim Ministry Training and the Transitional Ministry Network course. Louie is among the first 19 graduates of the Diocesan School for Leadership. He was formally welcomed into the Diocese of New Westminster in July 2010 and was installed as the rector of St. Michael’s, Surrey, April 2014.

The Ven. Lynne McNaughton

Lynne McNaughton is priest at St. Clement and co-ordinator of a new team ministry developing between 5 Anglican parishes and two Lutheran congregations in North Vancouver.  She is also Archdeacon of Capilano.  Her doctor of ministry project at Columbia Theological School (Decatur, Georgia) researched pilgrimage leadership as metaphor for leadership during change.  She is president of Peregrinatio, Inc., which leads pilgrimages in Europe on Church history and spirituality, because people who root themselves in church history are less anxious about changes in current church structure!

The Rev. Marnie Peterson

Ordained to the priesthood in December 2005, Marnie has served several parishes around the Diocese and has worked in Congregational Development out of the Synod office since September 2010. Marnie is passionate about healthy congregations and supporting people live into the baptismal ministry to which they are called. She is really excited to be a part of the training team for this Diocesan School. Marnie also serves as one of the administrators for the school.

David Swan

David is currently working towards a Master of Arts in Public and Pastoral Leadership at the Vancouver School of Theology.  Previous work includes palliative home care, health promotion and most recently serving as the executive director of AIDS Vancouver and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada.  He holds a BA in Sociology from the University of Victoria where his interests included feminist and gender studies as well as participatory models of research and community development.


Congratulations Graduating Class of 2014


July 18th, 2014, at the Rosemary Heights Retreat Centre

Many thanks to Bishop Melissa for supplying content for 

Facebook Photo Albums: PHOTOS FROM THE SCHOOL and