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The Department of Lay Ministry

The Department of Lay Ministry provides programs designed to deepen the spiritual lives of Orthodox Christians and Orthodox Christian parishes.  The Department offers three different programs.

1.  The "Enliven to Christ" retreats and workshops are presented at all Archdiocesan conventions and also are available upon request to parishes and parish life conferences. Topics for these retreats and workshops include Orthodox Christian thought on the seven deadly sins; the Prayer of St. Ephraim; the Lord’s Prayer; Forgiveness and Reconciliation; and others.

2.  Confidential consultation and interventions focused on forgiveness and reconciliation are available upon request to pastors and parishes.

3.  The Program on Parish Leadership and Development uses a series of workshops (16 hours) that facilitate consensus decision-making processes for pastors and parish leaders using strategic and structured conversations. These workshops result in the following:  

  • an understanding of the Orthodox Christian leader as steward;
  • the creation of  a parish mission statement;
  • the development of an explicit three to five year parish vision statement;
  • the identification of parish core values that reflect the deeply held convictions of the community; and
  • the writing of goals and action plans that enable implementation of the parish vision statement. 

Contact information

John Dalack, smaoc@earthlink.net
Richard Robbat, robbatr@gmail.com
Anthony Bashir, anthony_bashir@emerson.edu

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