It’s all too easy to judge the very well to do or to assume that they have little interest in God or the Church. Here’s insight into an aspect of their spiritual life.
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A collection of Powerpoint presentations for Orthodox parish and organization development.
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.
Without a personal growth plan for Orthodox Christian life then we are at the mercies of the dubious vagaries of this world.
Most of the material in this article is highly relevant for those parishes interested in adding new members.
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.
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.
Large numbers of people are leaving established churches. Paradoxically, this offers great opportunity for Orthodoxy. Do the clergy and the general membership of the Church have the courage to seize this opportunity and offer the fullness of the Holy Spirit to people who believe in God but have no church home?
For a sobering and sometimes shocking experience use this exercise to experience the parish as a first-time visitor or seeker might experience it.
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