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We have some exciting news for you.  This year the School for Parish Development has made some significant changes.

For starters, the school will only offer one version this year, the Weeklong Intensive, and will not offer its weekend version. Our core team is aware that many of our participants found the weekend version convenient but after a discernment process we realised that offering one version of the school was more sustainable than offering two. With changes come challenges and so we are going to do our best to make this year’s Weeklong Intensive as accessible as possible.

The Weeklong intensive will be hosted June 14th – 20th, 2020 at the Synod Office, 1410 Nanton Avenue in Vancouver.  In the past the Weeklong Intensive was a fully residential program at Vancouver School of Theology. This year all participants are welcome to commute daily or if you would prefer to live nearby, we will provide accommodations. Please contact our administrator, Rachel Taylor and she will assist you.

With a new venue and new model for the school, I am pleased to announce that we have a new director. The director for the school’s Weeklong Intensive is Deacon, the Reverend Stephen Crippen. Stephen is a deacon in the Episcopal Church, in formation for the priesthood. He has worked as a couple and family therapist alongside his diaconal ministry, and since 2010, has been a trainer in the network of Colleges/Schools for Congregational/Parish Development. He has also worked alongside many congregations as an organization-development consultant. 

And not to worry, outgoing Director, the Reverend Andrew Halladay is still a member of the faculty. He has decided to return to his passion as a trainer in the school and we are blessed to be the recipients of his energy, insight and wit.

If you are returning as a participant, welcome back. If you are a prospective student, we would be happy to receive you and your gifts. If you know of someone that would benefit greatly from the training, bring them along. Please register at your earliest convenience. Even now you can do so with this link.

Once you are registered you will receive more information and receive updates concerning meal plans, assignments, readings and other items of interest.   

Please direct general inquiries to

Please contact me with any questions or concerns: or call 604.684.6306 ext 219


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  • The Reverend Stephen Crippen