Go and Make Disciples: Evangelization and Outreach in US Orthodox Parishes

Go and Make Disciples: Evangelization and Outreach in US Orthodox Parishes

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Is your Parish flourishing? Are you seeing spiritual growth in your community? For the first time ever the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the USA has released a national study on evangelization and outreach in Orthodox parishes in the United States. The information shared was compiled from Parishes of seven Orthodox jurisdictions. Included in the report are characteristics of healthy parishes both in missionary and outreach efforts as well as practical ways to help your own Parish grow and thrive. A few of the topics covered are:

  • The “secrets” of being a parish that attracts and welcomes new members;
  • Eight good practices of welcoming first-time visitors and inquirers about the Faith;
  • How do “exemplary” parishes achieve a high degree of involvement of their members in parish life;
  • Four distinct features of religious education in the “exemplary” parishes;
  • Six “lessons” that Church leadership (bishops) can learn from the “exemplary” parishes.

To get a quick overview here is the Executive Summary. For those of you who want a deeper look here is the Full Report.

 

 

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