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.
Identify symptoms of burnout early and avoid catastrophic eventualities by seeking help.
Build leaders. Then let the leaders build additional leaders. And so the parish grows and fulfills its mission.
Considering Loved Ones: Excellent End of Life Downloadable Materials from the Family Life Ministry of the OCA
There is a natural hesitancy by almost everyone to plan for end of life issues. Yet our loved ones need us to do this.
Try crowdfunding for youth ministry as a project. Select a different cause or purpose each year for the youth.
Orthodox are shy evangelists. Lead a discussion with this document and see if the fear and misunderstanding doesn’t abate.
Find guidelines to conduct your fundraising efforts here.
Here is a very practical tool in helping priests to retain key volunteers with the well being of the volunteer foremost.
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.
Even Jesus grieved. Theologians say that “God died in the flesh.” Therefore, it is also possible to say that “God grieved in the flesh” inasmuch as Jesus was both fully man and fully God.
Most of the material in this article is highly relevant for those parishes interested in adding new members.
New forms of Internet-based fundraising are beginning to replace the traditional walk-a-thons, running and cycling events.
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.
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?
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