Parish Development

An Orthodox vision of the parish.
Parish administration and leadership.
Needs and talents assessment.
Education in the parish.
Parish fellowship and outreach.
Addressing special needs, and problems in the parish.
Groups, organizations and programs that contribute to parish life.
Parish growth.


Say Cheese!

Volume I - 1989

Creating A Parish Photo Directory Have you ever forgotten the name of a parishioner in your church? Or realized that you do not even know the names of many parishioners and especially their children? Did you ever wish you had something to give new members...

The Good Samaritans

Volume I - 1989

Mission to the elderly of the parish REASON FOR GETTING STARTED We did not want our elderly parishioners to be forgotten. We know through family and friends how lonely and isolated people can feel when they can’t get around as they used to. So,...

Using Video Creatively In Parish And Family Life

Volume I - 1989

The marriage between the entertainment and leisure industry and space age technology seems to never grow stale: almost every week we hear of a better way of delivering sound, images information and even experiences to the millions of Americans whose favorite and sometimes only hobby...

It Still Outranks Them All (Part I)

Volume I - 1989

Alcoholism / Chemical Dependency When you hear the word drug(s), what do you think of? Take a moment before you read on and think about it. List the drugs you are familiar with or have heard about; both legal and illegal. What did you come...

The Volunteer

Volume I - 1988

An Endangered Species? Volunteers are the main arteries of the ongoing life of a parish. Their monetary value cannot be measured. Their contributions to education, music, administration, outreach, fellowship, and various other ministries are vital to the teamwork between clergy and laity that builds up...

What Makes Committee Meetings Effective?

Volume I - 1988

Meetings, meetings, meetings! Like it or not, much of our work as leaders of the Church involves gathering with other parishioners in council, committee or other groupings. Rather than viewing this as a “necessary evil,” we can make certain that every minute of these meetings...

Gathering Lost Sheep

Volume I - 1988

One of the problems plaguing old and established parishes is that of continuing in the same old routine. There are the ever present concerns of finances, building maintenance, perhaps updating some properties, and basically doing things just as they have always been done. A dozen...

Starting A Parish Bookstore

Volume I - 1988

Setting up a bookstore in your own parish can be very easy and simple. It takes a minimal amount of time each week to successfully operate, and offers countless benefits. GETTING STARTED Getting started is easy. You will need start-up money from the parish council...

The Church Choir

Volume I - 1988

(A composite article written by three choir directors, Bob Barber, Michael Pilat and John D. Ressetar.) What is it that causes those individuals who come together to serve the function of “Church Choir” to become a dedicated, faithful, musically proficient group? Three choir directors were...

A Ministry of Prayer

Volume I - 1987

“How do we equip ourselves to undertake an effective Church Growth program?” That was the question hanging heavily as our committee approached the implementation of our “plan.” We had come through the Seventh All-American Council with a new commitment to and strong conviction about the...

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