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.

New Life In The Summer - Summer Church School

Volume I - 1987

In June, as the public school year and the regularly scheduled church school program draw to a close, pastors and church leaders are rightfully concerned with the drop in church attendance and church interest in general. But why wait until the Fall rolls around to...

Entertaining Angels Unawares

Volume I - 1987

Today, one of the most common ways for making contacts outside the work place is the social gathering. Almost everyone enjoys some form of after-work or weekend social life. So it follows that one of our greatest opportunities for attracting and incorporating new people into...

Developing And Making Use of A Parish Profile

Volume I - 1986

Additional Resources: Parish Profile Worksheet, Ministry: An Explanation Strive to excel in building up the Church.” (I Cor. 14:12b) With these words, St. Paul underlined two profound thoughts. First, the Church is a living body; second, its members have a direct responsibility for its up-building,...

Stewardship Sign-Up Program

Volume I - 1986

Another system used to match parishioners’ talents with the work that needs to be done in the parish is shown in the Stewardship Sign-Up Program used in the smaller parish of St. Gregory’s, Wappinger Falls, N.Y., Fr. Alexis Vinogradov, pastor. This list shows...

The Handicapped and Orthodox Worship

Volume I - 1986

At the 8th All-American Council, the delegates passed a resolution submitted by the Lay Ministries Task Force on Ministry to Persons Who Are Sick and Disabled. It reads as follows:In cooperation with the Decade of the Disabled, proclaimed by the United Nations to be 198...

SAVES - A Service to Parishioners in Need

Volume I - 1986

St. Alexander Volunteer Effort Service - Helping Parishioners in Need Church Growth has been the focus of attention in our parish since the Seventh All-American Council. Our Women’s Association saw an opportunity and developed a program that came to be known as SAVES -...

Do’s And Don’ts Of Newspaper Photography

Volume I - 1985

Photographs are an important part of our efforts to publicize what parishes are doing. Here are some suggestions for using them to their best advantage. WHAT KIND OF FILM? (Use standard size prints.)1st preference: black and white 2nd preference: color (don’t get fooled...

Planning Retreats

Volume I - 1985

One way parishes, youth groups, and other church organizations have traditionally heightened their understanding and experience of the Church is by sponsoring an evening or day-long retreat. For some, planning a retreat provides exciting possibilities for stewardship, ministry, outreach, and fellowship; for others, the prospect...

The Communicator: Parish Publications

Volume I - 1984

Have you considered helping to produce your parish publications as a ministry? It is! But too often this area of the work of the Church is overlooked. Why? Possibly it has simply been lost in the shuffle. Or maybe no one has been willing to...

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