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.


Why Adopt A Seminarian?

Volume III - 2006

I suppose most people go through life with their plans generally in place. I mean, they go through school, find someone they love, begin a career, get married, raise a family and then retire, enjoy their grandchildren for a while and then take their place...

THE MARTHA FUND at Christ the Savior Church in Southbury, CT.

Volume III - 2006

On June 4, 2005, Christ the Savior Church in Southbury, Connecticut was consecrated. It was started twelve years before with just two families. At the time of the consecration more than one person came up to me and said: “Father, You must have done some good fund-raising...

Parish Charitable Giving

Volume III - 2006

Holy Spirit Church in Wantage, New Jersey, Decides to Give a Tithe of All Its Fund- Raising Activity Profits to Charity After being elevated to the status of a church by His Eminence, Archbishop Peter, of the former Diocese of New York and New Jersey,...

GIFT OF PRAYER: Prayer Partners: A Lenten Outreach Project

Volume III - 2006

Every year as we approach Great Lent, we enter into a time of preparation for Christ’s resurrection, Holy Pascha. We prepare ourselves by spending more time in prayer and meditation, in fasting and repentance. Not only should we be praying for our family and...

FOCA Adopt a Seminarian Project and Seminarian Family Christmas Appeal

Volume III - 2006

Four years ago, the Fellowship of Orthodox Christians in America (FOCA) began a national project entitled “Adopt a Seminarian.” This project was born of the need to assist seminary married students at St. Tikhon’s and St Vladimir’s Seminaries. Since its inception, the project...

Twenty Somethings to Do with the Parish Family

Volume III - 2004

1) Pray and Worship Together After Sunday Liturgy or on Feast Days, plan a get-together with the parishioners to have a brunch. Everyone should bring a covered dish to share. Rejoice in the Resurrection or the Feast. 2) Puzzle Day Bring your favorite puzzle for all ages,...

The Pan Orthodox Christian Singles of the Baltimore/Washington DC Area

Volume III - 2004

Singles Flyers (.pdf) Over a year ago, approximately 150 single Orthodox Christians from throughout the Washington, DC region gathered for the inaugural Pan Orthodox Singles party. The participants came from as far as Baltimore and Hagerstown Maryland, and Charlottesville and Gainesville, Virginia. The need for such...

Highlights of the Parish Ministries Conference Faith in Action

Volume III - 2004

Held at St. Vladimir’s Seminary Crestwood, NY July 28-31, 2004 Coordinated by the OCA Department of Christian Witness and Service Reading through the OCA website last spring, I came upon the web flyer for the Parish Ministries Conference, “Faith in Action.” The conference, scheduled for...

A Bookstore, Barn Raisers, A New Church

Volume III - 2003

Uncovering the strengths of the parish to meet the challenges of growth When a priest arrives at a new parish, he intuitively begins to assess the strengths and weaknesses of many areas of the community’s spiritual life. I made many such observations within a...

A Parish Nursing Ministry

Volume III - 2003

How It Works at St. Nicholas Church, Portland OR Parish nursing is a specialty practice and model of health ministry rooted in the historic ministry of the Church, and whose focus of practice is the faith community. It strives to bring health, healing, and wholeness...

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