What a blessing it is when a working professional offers their assistance in service to the parish! And yet there may arise managerial challenges to the relationship.
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Organize parish leadership for a “thank-a-thon” and build deeper relationships within the parish.
Build leaders. Then let the leaders build additional leaders. And so the parish grows and fulfills its mission.
Here is a very practical tool in helping priests to retain key volunteers with the well being of the volunteer foremost.
Successful Orthodox parish leadership means empowering staff and volunteers. Invest in them!
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.
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.
Parishes already have many teams at work. Why not provide structure and professional coaching to increase effectiveness and efficiency?
Ramp up volunteer engagement in fulfilling the mission of the parish by recruiting and involving “professional” volunteers.
Background checks on staff and volunteers is an unfortunate but absolutely necessary practice for parishes today. Where blind trust exists, there is found an opportunity for mischief – or much worse.
A sobering article from Insights into Religion
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.
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.
How to attract and retain young adults to parish life is an ever-present and ever-growing challenge to priests and those involved in youth ministry. Read here what is working for other churches. Some may apply to Orthodoxy.
Great insights into youth culture and faith experiences of young people today are available in this landmark study. Very helpful reading for priests and those engaged in youth ministry.
Frustrated with efforts to ramp up youth ministry and the alarming departure of young people from the Church? Find help here.
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