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160 + conference attendees join Metropolitan Jonah for a group photo on a beautiful summer day
160 + conference attendees join Metropolitan Jonah for a group photo on a beautiful summer day
160 + conference attendees join Metropolitan Jonah for a group photo on a beautiful summer day
Over 160 clergy and laity attended the recent, highly successful Parish Ministries Conference held at Baldwin-Wallace College near Cleveland OH. Jointly sponsored by OCA Departments and Youth and Young Adult Ministries, Department of Christian Education and Department of Liturgical Music and the Diocese of the Midwest Parish Life and Development Ministry, the conference combined education worship and fellowship into a truly memorable, purposeful and enjoyable event.

More information is available here.

Photos courtesy of Father Gregory Safchuk.

Presentation and Handout Materials Available
The conference was delivered in three tracks each with nine sessions. All tracks shared common keynote sessions, meals, social periods and worship.

Materials from the Building Vibrant Parishes Track, presented by the Parish Development Ministry, are available below:


Introduced by OCA Chancellor Fr. Alexander Garklavs, Fr John Matusiak set the conference tone in his opening keynote address
Introduced by OCA Chancellor Fr. Alexander Garklavs, Fr John Matusiak set the conference tone in his opening keynote address
Introduced by OCA Chancellor Fr. Alexander Garklavs, Fr John Matusiak set the conference tone in his opening keynote address

Session One
Good Practices of Vibrant Orthodox Parishes:
A Framework for Parish Renewal
Joseph Kormos, Parish Development Ministry
An enthusiastic audience settles in for Joe Kormos talk on Good practices of Good parishes
An enthusiastic audience settles in for Joe Kormos talk on Good practices of Good parishes
An enthusiastic audience settles in for Joe Kormos talk on Good practices of Good parishes
 

Alexa Geeza uses her high energy style honed as a professional trainer  to shares lessons for teens...
Alexa Geeza uses her high energy style honed as a professional trainer to shares lessons for teens...
Alexa Geeza uses her high energy style honed as a professional trainer to shares lessons for teens...
Session Two
Taking Back Our Teens
Fresh Ideas for Lessons and Assemblies
Alexa Geeza, St Joseph Orthodox Church Wheaton IL

... as audience actively responds
... as audience actively responds
... as audience actively responds
 

Charles Robbins engages participants to examine local community needs
Charles Robbins engages participants to examine local community needs
Charles Robbins engages participants to examine local community needs
 
Session Three
A Model for Charitable Outreach:
Lazarus on Our Doorstep
Charles Robbins, St Gregory of Nyssa Church, Columbus OH

Detailed Handout

Anna Strelka shares experiences as a lay catechist
Anna Strelka shares experiences as a lay catechist
Anna Strelka shares experiences as a lay catechist
Session Four
Lay Catechists in the Parish:
Who; What; Where; When; Why; How
Anna Strelka, Holy Resurrection Church, Palatine IL

Edith Marshall Roberts' talk was so engaging  - the cameraman forgot to snap an action photo
Edith Marshall Roberts' talk was so engaging - the cameraman forgot to snap an action photo
Edith Marshall Roberts' talk was so engaging - the cameraman forgot to snap an action photo
Session Five
Getting Ready for Inquirers:
Who They Are, What They Ask,and What They Need.
Edith Marshall Roberts, St Mark Church, Rochester MI


Archpriest and Arch teacher Father John makes a key point
Archpriest and Arch teacher Father John makes a key point
Archpriest and Arch teacher Father John makes a key point
Session Six
Assimilation & Integration:
Bringing New Members into Your Parish
Archpriest John Matusiak

  • No handouts available

Audiences were consistently attentive and responsive throughout the conference
Audiences were consistently attentive and responsive throughout the conference
Audiences were consistently attentive and responsive throughout the conference
Session Seven
Proper Parish Governance
Shared Leadership -- not Congregationalism
Joseph Kormos, Parish Development Ministry

Anne Marie Mecera leads the her  group in a discussion of effective parish councils
Anne Marie Mecera leads the her group in a discussion of effective parish councils
Anne Marie Mecera leads the her group in a discussion of effective parish councils
Session Eight
Establishing a Spirit of Mission through a Healthy Parish Council
Anna Marie Mecera, St. Gregory of Nyssa Church, Columbus OH

Session Nine
Improving Stewardship in Your Parish:
Principles and Practices to Assure Necessary Resources for God’s Work.

OCA Parish Ministry Conference 2010

Photos courtesy Fr. Gregory Safchuk

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