Orthodox are shy evangelists. Lead a discussion with this document and see if the fear and misunderstanding doesn’t abate.
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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.
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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