I'm planning on being at this as I attended the tune-up webinar "Profiles in Orthodox Parish Revitalization" yesterday and quite enjoyed it. Join me!
(OCA-WPA) - For clergy and lay leaders from Orthodox churches of fewer than 50 adults, the Small Parish Forum is a regional conference created to share helpful, hopeful ideas and tools for stabilizing and strengthening parish life.
Co-sponsored by the OCA’s Archdiocese of Western Pennsylvania and the Diocese of the Midwest and with the blessings of Archbishop MELCHISEDEK and Bishop ALEXANDER, the 2014 Forum will be held at Christ the Savior Orthodox Church in Byesville OH. The Forum will begin at 3:00 PM Thursday July 10 and conclude at noon Saturday July 12.
Help, Hope, Stability and Identity
The OCA's Midwest and Western PA Dioceses have many small parishes. Some have always been small. Some were once large and for various reasons are now much smaller. They need support -- help and hope. They need to achieve stability –a positive self-image and a sense that small parishes can live a Life in Christ without necessarily becoming “big”. And, for those prepared to grow, they need fresh ideas that are adapted and relevant to the realities of small churches. That is what the Small Parish Forum will try to provide.