“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” (Matthew 28:19)
The Holy Scriptures are the ultimate mission, vision and values statement for every Orthodox parish, institution or organization. The Nicene Creed affirms the faith confession of the church and the personal conviction of every believer. Yet how do these fundamental sources succinctly express themselves in the unique life of every Orthodox parish, institution or organization in the context in which they exist and fulfill their mission in the 21st century? The exercises that develop these documents provide great opportunity for every participating parishioner to search their own souls and determine to what degree they personal embrace the mission, vision and values. The visible presence of these documents in the community and their occasional review when parishes reach major crossroads and decisions provide necessary re-orientation to basic purposes. Open the PDF Powerpoint below for a short introduction to these useful elements of nonprofit organizational development adapted for Orthodox parish or organization use.
PowerPoint as a PDF: Key Documents of Parish Development