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.


Easter Treats for the Elderly

Volume III - 2002

At Holy Trinity Parish, East Meadow, NY Great Lent includes many kinds of preparations. One, enthusiastically executed by some of the church school students, is the baking of “kulich” and the making of “cheese pascha” for the elderly and infirm in the parish. For several...

Development Of An Orthodox Parish Nursing Ministry

Volume III - 2001

Parish nursing programs or ministries of nursing, within many mainstream communities of faith, have been in existence throughout the United State for the last twenty years. Generally, the basic purpose of these ministries is to create a framework within a parish in which members of...

A Restructured Parish Council

Volume III - 2000

Additional Resources: Sample Parish Council Structure This year St. Gregory’s will formalize a restructured parish council that we have worked to refine over four years. Since 1996 we have attempted to realign our thinking of parish administration as an expression of ministry and service to...

Equipping Saints for Ministry

Volume II - 1999

LAY MINISTRY AND PARISH TURN AROUND Over time some churches experience significant decline in attendance and membership. This can be very disheartening to parishioners who have labored long and hard to establish a church community, only to see it become a shadow of its former...

A Parish Restructured

Volume II - 1999

Group Minsitry in an Orthodox Parish The New Testament Origins Of Church Structure Jesus said to St. Thomas, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6) Jesus chose the twelve Apostles (Matthew 10:1-4)...

A Parish Ministries Survey

Volume II - 1999

VISITOR’S CARD VERSUS GUEST BOOK A PARISH MINISTRIES SURVEY Following the OCA Parish Ministries Conference at St. Tikhon’s Seminary (Summer, 1997) our Parish Council began discussing ways we could more fully involve our parishioners in the life of the Church on a regular basis....

A Sister-Parish Relationship

Volume II - 1998

THE ORTHODOX CHURCH IN GHANA Within a short time of my arrival to St. Nicholas parish, I received a phone call asking whether our parish would be interested in hosting a visit by an Orthodox missionary priest and his wife as part of the nationwide...

God’s Gift of Personality

Volume II - 1997

That people are different is no secret. Our Lord clearly uses people with different personalities to do His work. The Bible is full of different types. For example: there’s the direct and creative style of St Paul, the conscientious and detailed style of Moses,...

A Christmas Cookie Walk

Volume II - 1996

The following is a description of a fundraiser used by the St. Mark Orthodox Church in Rochester Hills, MI. Their Cookie Walk is to raise money for their Building Fund, but it can be used to raise money for all kinds of projects. More than...

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