What it Means to be a Christian?

What it Means to be a Christian?

http://radio.myocn.net/podcast/CRTL/On_Air/crtl031817.mp3 In our final conversation of the mini series on what it means to be a Christian, Fr. Chris Metropulos talks with His Excellency Kallistos Ware, an English bishop within the Eastern Orthodox Church under the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople and a renowned theologian of the Eastern Orthodox Church. His...

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Plan of Action, Part II

Plan of Action, Part II

Implementing the Plan  Teach that Stewardship is a spiritual expression of faith. Develop a culture of a Parish that emulates the kingdom of God overflowing with joy, peace and love and a welcoming environment. Complete strategic planning and clarify your Parish’s mission & vision Form a common vision for Stewardship...

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Plan of Action, Part I

Plan of Action, Part I

Preparation for the Stewardship Year Prior to launching the parish stewardship year, a number of initial steps may be taken to inform and inspire parish members regarding the vision and mission of the parish. These activities may include some or all of the following: Stewardship sermon or series of sermons...

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Ideas and Resources to Support Parish Ministry, Part IV

Ideas and Resources to Support Parish Ministry, Part IV

Weekly Offering Envelopes A weekly envelope system works well as a collection vehicle for some parishioners, a reminder for others, and a way to send offerings when attending Church is not possible. A significant percentage of the offerings may be received through the mail. Consider offering envelopes for Sunday School...

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Ideas and Resources to Support Parish Ministry, Part III

Ideas and Resources to Support Parish Ministry, Part III

Keep the ideas of Stewardship in Front of the People Stewardship brochures from past years going back to 2010 are available upon request from the Department. This is an excellent way to continue to educate and inspire parish members in the principles of stewardship. Parish Management Software Many parishes utilize...

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Ideas and Resources to Support Parish Ministry, Part II

Ideas and Resources to Support Parish Ministry, Part II

Stewardship Ministries of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese Stewardship Ministries is led by the Director of Stewardship, Outreach & Evangelism in cooperation with the Archdiocesan Council Stewardship Committee and includes representatives from each Metropolis and the Archdiocesan District with the goal of sharing best practices from parishes throughout the country and supporting...

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Ideas and Resources to Support Parish Ministry

Ideas and Resources to Support Parish Ministry

Though much of this section deals with the mechanics of implementing a stewardship program and the administration of the financial aspect of stewardship, we should not forget that Stewardship is a holistic concept involving the entire person. It is for this reason that the stewardship commitment card asks for the...

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Forming and Preparing your Parish Stewardship Team

Forming and Preparing your Parish Stewardship Team

Just as the vine bears fruit only through its branches, so Jesus has chosen to work in the world through us. We are the members of His body – the branches through which the Vine must bear fruit. We bear fruit when we serve and support God and His Church....

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The Parish Stewardship Program: An Overview, Part III

The Parish Stewardship Program: An Overview, Part III

MAIL ALONE IS NOT EFFECTIVE STEWARDSHIP MINISTRY Mailed communication should be considered only a small component of a comprehensive and effective parish stewardship ministry. In a parish where stewardship is soundly established and understood, a mail-only stewardship campaign is likely to only maintain current giving levels, and does not adequately...

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The Parish Stewardship Program: An Overview, Part II

The Parish Stewardship Program: An Overview, Part II

AN INSPIRATIONAL BUDGET A budget is an expression of the vision of the parish – its priorities, concerns and plans for the future. Members who see a church doing more than “paying the bills” will be inspired by the vision of a church that seeks to serve its parishioners, neighbors...

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