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.


I’m New Here

Volume I - 1984

Is God happy when He sends people out into a field ripe for the harvest and they come back empty-handed? Did you ever wonder why many visitors who come to your parish once, do not come back? It might surprise us to find that the...

Opening Up Your Parish

Volume I - 1984

20 Ways to Encourage Parish GrowthEncourage active parishioners through sermons, prayers, and bulletins to witness to their faith by their lives and to talk about the Church with others. Send bulk mailings to ail residences in the geographical area of the parish and offer information about...

Creating a Parish Library

Volume II - 1983

St Michael’s Library was “born” in the fall of 1978, when our parish voted to purchase once a month a book written by Orthodox authors for Orthodox people. Intensely interested in the operations of small libraries, having formerly been employed in our local junior high...

Gathered In My Name

Volume I - 1983

A Layman’s View Of The Orthodox Parish People gather for various reasons. Sometimes it is purely for friendship. Often it is to support an idea, a position, or a particular person. Other times, people who might normally never agree on constructive issues are united...

Look At How Much They Love Each Other

Volume I - 1983

When the Church was very young, when the death and resurrection and ascension of Jesus was fresh in the memory of His friends, and when the classical world was at the zenith of its power and influence, how was it possible for unlettered, unschooled, poor...

The Accessible Church

Volume I - 1983

The rights of people with handicapping conditions first received the support of federal law with the enactment of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Title V, Section 504, prohibits discrimination against qualified persons with handicapping conditions in federally-assisted programs or activities solely on the basis of disability. During...

Singing Children

Volume I - 1983

“Liturgy” by definition implies action, and children more than most are soon bored when placed in the role of mere spectators. Now that most of our dioceses and parishes are encouraging the attendance of children at the sacred Liturgy, it becomes all the more important...

Organizing Business Women To Serve The Church

Volume I - 1983

The Orthodox Church is rooted in the family. Every woman takes the Holy Theotokos as a model for herself, so that in some little way she may be in the home what the blessed Mother of God is to the Church. Today, however, it is...

Our Mission Parishes

Volume I - 1982

Perhaps every Orthodox priest assigned to a mission has at one time or other dreamed of a book titled “The Establishment and Care of Mission Parishes in Ten Easy Steps.” Yet we know such a manual is wild fantasy. Missionary work in the Orthodox Church...

Organizing A Church Archives

Volume I - 1982

When a Committee on History and Archives was created by my local church parish council in January, 1978, I volunteered my services, along with several others, to collect, organize, and inventory all textual and photographic records pertaining to the parish’s history over the years. Although...

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