Patricia Bouteneff continues her series on story telling as an essential leadership skill.
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A collection of Powerpoint presentations for Orthodox parish and organization development.
Build leaders. Then let the leaders build additional leaders. And so the parish grows and fulfills its mission.
Prepare before jumping into envisioning and strategic planning
Compare one’s own list of important tasks or roles as a church leader with these ten suggested ones.
Orthodox Christians Dr. P. Roy and Diane Vagelos generously share their wealth to help others.
A series of articles by Patricia Fann Bouteneff on storytelling will explain how it is a powerful tool for effectively leading the parish.
The massive responsibilities that a priest bears makes it difficult to read any article that begins “important tasks”. Yet if these are attended to, the smooth running office lightens other burdens.
The true purpose of planning is not to produce a written plan, though it is one of the desirable outcomes.
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.
As every Christian intuitively, and sometimes consciously knows, our Lord Jesus Christ is the perfect model for leadership.
Tired of blah, blah, blah at parish council meetings?
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.
Download, view and print the Powerpoint as a PDF: 14 Best Practices of Orthodox Christian Parish Councils
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.
Mission statements are important for guiding leadership in key decision or policy formulation; for building consensus on the primary purpose of parish life; and quickly conveying to visitors and inquirers the highest purpose or guiding principle(s) or the parish.
Jesus perfectly knew His present purpose and His ultimate destination. St. Paul spoke to individual communities but thought strategically about how the Gospel will be preached to all nations.
Periodically writing or reviewing a Personal Vision Statement
Deacon Michael Hyatt is an excellent resource on leadership and personal development. He is a New York Times best selling author and was recently elected to the board of trustees of St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary.
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