Witness and Mission

An Orthodox vision of witness and mission.
Witness in the community.
Public relations and the media.
Vocational witness.

Ten Simple Ways to Encourage Missions

Volume III - 2007

At the 14 All-American Council in Toronto, this quote from Fr. Alexander Schmemann was presented: “To recover the missionary dimension of the Church is today’s greatest imperative. We have to recover a very basic truth: that the Church is essentially Mission, that the very roots...

FOCA Mission HOTLINE: Providing Assistance to Orthodox Missions

Volume III - 2006

Interest in the Orthodox faith is at an all-time high! Orthodox mission parishes are opening all over the United States. The Fellowship of Orthodox Christians in America (FOCA), an arm of the Orthodox Church in America, pledged to assist Orthodox missions in its mission statement...

Philokalia Orthodox Bookstore

Volume III - 2006

The following pages offer an outline and suggestions gleaned from our experience with developing an Orthodox bookstore at Holy Apostles Orthodox Church, W. Columbia, South Carolina. We started in the corner of our coffee room in the old church. After a short period of time,...

OCLife-DC: Getting Started with Orthodox Christian Pro-Life Action

Volume III - 2004

OCLife-DC is the Washington DC area chapter of Orthodox Christians for Life, the national Orthodox pro-life organization. The chapter focuses on prayer services and donation drives for local crisis pregnancy centers. OCLife-DC was organized in1996, although individual Orthodox Christians in the Washington DC area have...

A New Era Of Evangelistic Fervor

Volume III - 2002

I’m not an expert on matters of evangelism, yet the Scriptures are clear on calling us all to be instrumental in baptizing all nations in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. In my 33 years of pastoral ministry, I...


Volume III - 2002

Spreading The Word What do we do now? It’s a question many may ask when assessing their parish and its direction as they seek to witness for Christ in their parish and in their local community. Desiring to respond to the call of Christ,...

A Multicultural Parish

Volume III - 2001

Urban Outreach Over the past 20 years, SS. Cyril & Methodius, with a core membership of 75 to 80 adults and some 40 children, has revived, grown, and become a parish that uses its urban location to serve an increasingly diverse community. Our parish has a wide variety of...

Project Billboard

Volume II - 1998

The Fellowship of Orthodox Churches in Connecticut (FORCC) last year rented five billboards which were located on major access roads in four different cities. The billboards read: CHRIST IS RISEN! WE GREET YOU WITH THE JOY OF THE RESURRECTION! The Fellowship of Orthodox Churches in...

25 Years Of Mission Work At St. Mary’s Cathedral

Volume II - 1996

The following account is another example of the variety of ways one parish has responded to the needs of other Orthodox communities near and far. (See also Resource Handbook article, “Charitable Giving” by A. M. Gidus-Mecera, Vol. II, ‘92,2.) Things are usually started because there is...

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