Most of the material in this article is highly relevant for those parishes interested in adding new members.
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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.
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?
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.
Be as toxic as possible and you will unfailingly succeed!
Orthodoxy already has brand identity, as does the local parish. But is it the one we would want?
Learn from those who know: new members help the parish to become more welcoming.
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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