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Build leaders. Then let the leaders build additional leaders. And so the parish grows and fulfills its mission.
Emerging Adults Least Likely to Engage Their Faith: Key Finding for Those Involved in Youth Ministry
“…we were ready to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you had become very dear to us.” (I Thessalonians 2:8) This article first appeared in Insights into Religion, a Lilly Endowment sponsored program of the study of religion in America. Youth ministry is great but apparently, […]
Orthodox are shy evangelists. Lead a discussion with this document and see if the fear and misunderstanding doesn’t abate.
Tired of dragging the parish kicking and screaming from one level of joy and freedom in the Kingdom of God to the next? Try a Strategic Initiatives Fund.
Most of the material in this article is highly relevant for those parishes interested in adding new members.
Seven behaviors that lead to parish transformation
Churches grow through birthrate, immigration and conversions. Churches shrink according to lowered birthrate, non-immigration, departing members and failure to evangelize. Present trends do not look good for Orthodoxy. There’s only one way to change it: help others discover the joy, the freedom, the deification in Orthodoxy.
This short introductory article gives some basic advice on planning for a major construction project and working with those who will do the construction.
Parishes already have many teams at work. Why not provide structure and professional coaching to increase effectiveness and efficiency?
What’s the personality of your parish? How does it serve or not serve the purpose of mission fulfillment? Is it a liability or an asset in terms of attracting and keeping people?
How did we ever become the best kept secret in the community?
A sobering article from Insights into Religion
Intentional hospitality that leads to the fulfillment of the Great Commission requires a vision, leadership, a team, training, a plan and funding.
Welcoming, accepting and valuing guests (every visitor is a guest) in genuine loving hospitality are essential steps toward a growing vibrant parish.
The Committee on Youth reports on their activity for 2014 and future projects going forward.
As the designated research coordinator for the Assembly of Orthodox Bishops of the United States, Alexei Krindatch has conducted a number of studies that are available via the links in this posting.
Unless current social trends change, Mainline Protestant churches will face an even bigger drop-off in coming years. This is very likely true for all churches – including the Orthodox Church.
Knowledge of cultural trends and influences brings relevancy, astute application and intelligence to the proclamation of the gospel in all aspects of church life – but especially to teaching and to youth ministry. Jesus came to save the world because His Father (God) “so loved the world”. Yet he also revealed that His kingdom was not of this world.
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