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Without a personal growth plan for Orthodox Christian life then we are at the mercies of the dubious vagaries of this world.
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.
Pause a few minutes in reflection.
Well done surveys with good reporting back to the parish is a wonderful way to listen to the community.
Most of the material in this article is highly relevant for those parishes interested in adding new members.
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?
Unsolicited advice, criticism, suggestions that feel like directives and downright judgment – all come with the territory of parish leadership. It is of great importance for personal sanity and family wellness that the priest learns how to constructively and beneficially deal with this. Here are some suggestions.
Seven behaviors that lead to parish transformation
Clergy and laity together compose “governance” of the Church and of the local parish. This article clarifies the ways, means and purposes of both clergy and laity according to Orthodox theology.
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.
A facilitator is someone who helps a group of people understand their common objectives and assists them to plan how to achieve these objectives; in doing so, the facilitator remains “neutral” meaning he does not take a particular position in the discussion.
This short introductory article gives some basic advice on planning for a major construction project and working with those who will do the construction.
How much time in a priest’s life of service is spent in meetings? What percentage of these meetings could be improved upon? How many of the meetings should have resulted in decisions, policy formulation and ACTION effectively taken to precipitate Godly change? Read on for immensely practical help.
Parishes already have many teams at work. Why not provide structure and professional coaching to increase effectiveness and efficiency?
Go ahead. Count ’em. There’s likely a couple of zombie parish council members lurching around and stumbling about. But sometimes an entire parish council is infected by the virus. Read on.
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.
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