Parish and Mission Building Resources
As Fr. Alexander Schmemann wrote, “To recover the missionary dimension of the church is today’s greatest imperative.” With the help of priests, bishops and active lay members of the Antiochian Archdiocese, antiochian.org has collected resources to help in parish and mission building. Today’s Orthodox Christians in Antiochian communities have more resources than ever before, and on this page clergy and laity will find updated information on every aspect of parish life and organization, from how to run parish council meetings to tips on running outreach programs. Share your favorite resources by e-mailing links and suggestions to: email@example.com.
The Diocese of New York & New Jersey for the Orthodox Church in America (OCA) recently sponsored the 2013 Parish Council Conference for the Diocese. At the invitation of His Grace Bishop Michael, the conference facilitator was Antiochian speaker and author The Very Rev. Constantine Nasr. Father Constantine oversaw the growth of a modestly sized parish in Oklahoma City, OK to a truly thriving community of over 1,000 souls during his three decades of pastoral ministry. With enthusiasm, clarity, and wit, Father Constantine shared his years of expertise and highly practical methods for making the faith contagious and parishes inviting to both new visitors and to those who have fallen out of regular participation in parish life.
Blake Keller (Parish Council Warden, Saint John the Baptist Church, Rochester NY) said: “Father Constantine Nasr immediately got the attention of the conference participants by reminding us that in the Gospel of Mathew we are told to ‘Go ye therefore...!’ He repeatedly inspired us that this requires energy and effort, not sitting frozen.
A note from Claire Brandenburg of DOWAMA's newest congregation, Holy Annunciation Chapel in Taos, New Mexico (served from Holy Trinity/Santa Fe):
Dear Bishop Basil and our brothers and sisters of the Diocese of Wichita and Mid-America:
We thank you so much for DOWAMA's monthly mission grant to Holy Annunciation Chapel here in Taos. We were pleased at our Saturday Divine Liturgy that Fr. John Bethancourt made two new catechumens. We are now blessed with a family of four that are our first disciples in Christ here in Taos. Your donation is greatly encouraging. By God's grace and mercy we will continue to grow in His Name. Thank you - thank you!
In Christ Jesus,
Claire Brandenburg and all at Holy Annunciation in Taos