Clergy involved in the field of domestic missions met here November 4-5, 2001 to further develop a national mission strategy for the Orthodox Church in America.
Chaired by the Very Rev. Paul Kucynda, Coordinator of the OCA Mission Unit, the meeting reviewed a number of documents related to missionary work and the establishment of new communities. Plans were made for the development of a resource book covering a variety of areas crucial in the establishment and nurturing of new missions and parishes.
The OCA’s current Church Planting Grant program was also reviewed in detail, with a number of recommendations under consideration for expanding the program.
His Grace, Bishop Job of Chicago, joined participants for a luncheon, during which he introduced representatives of several communities of the Evangelical Orthodox Church who are contemplating entrance into the Orthodox Church in America.
Other participants included the Very Rev. John Matusiak, Chicago; and the Revs. Basil Aden, Chicago; James Dank, Lincoln, NE; James Stephen Freeman, Oak Ridge, TN; Andrew Moore, Springfield, MO; Theodore Pisarchuk, Jacksonville, FL; Edward Rommen, Raleigh, NC; Eric Tosi, Las Vegas, NV.