The Department of Missions and Evangelism
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America
Shepherding, Healing, and Empowering
The Department of Missions and Evangelism seeks to help promote empowering leadership in our parishes. Leadership can be found in many forms, and yet the empowerment of the laity can be found throughout scripture and in the actions and words of Jesus Christ. Even St. Peter spoke of this, "Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms." - 1 Peter 4:10. The Eucharist is central to our faith, but we must also empower our congregations to experience God in their daily life, and especially with one another. To be pastoral, to be a shepherd, to be a physician of souls is an integral part of one's calling to the priesthood. Therefore we offer our support, both in prayer and resources, in the powerful ministry of the priesthood.
healing the healer
One of the key ingredients for good preaching is a healthy preacher. Healthy includes the spiritual, mental, physical, and relational aspects of our lives. The Dept. has collected some resources to help with clergy and clergy family wellness.
Click HERE for more information.
NO FAIL MEETINGS
a supplement for parish councils
Dn. Michael Hyatt was the president and CEO of Thomas Nelson before going on to create a Fortune 5000 company from scratch, Michael Hyatt & Co. In 2018 Dn. Hyatt released No Fail Meetings, a book which can help all of our parish councils improve the efficiency, energy, and effectiveness of their meetings.
ONBOARDING ORTHODOX VISITORS
This resource was developed by Fr. Matthew Thurman in Chagrin Falls, OH, with a little assistance from Dn. Adam Lowell Roberts. Fr. Matthew is in the Cleveland area with 30 Orthodox Churches nearby. It is common to receive Orthodox visitors, and he realized he needed to be intentional with their visit.
a resource for families to use at home
Drawn from the collaboration of almost a dozen invested individuals, including four authors, FAMILY NIGHT gives parents an easy resource for sharing the faith with their children. The free pdf is in standard 8.5x11 format. Download by clicking on the pdf icon below.
Provisional Copies Available Now
Our beloved Metropolitan JOSEPH has said many times that the primary focus of his ministry is to “save souls.” This obviously includes the Millennial generation, as well as the Gen Z generation – the generation following the Millennials.
We need to understand Millennials for two reasons: 1) In order to keep our younger generation in the Church, and 2) In order to bring unchurched or lapsed millennials into the Church. Having observed and heard negative things about Millennials, and because of our lack of understanding of this generation, especially Millennial “Nones” (unaffiliated in terms of Church membership), we are tempted to give up on the prospect of doing this before we even start.
It is in our nature to fear the unkown, and millennials are largely unknown to the rest of the American population. This resource will help your congregation to get to know and begin to understand the millennial generation.
St. John Chrysostom
“The most basic task of the Church leader is to discern the spiritual gifts of all those under his authority, and to encourage those gifts to be used to the full benefit of all. Only a person who can discern the gifts of others and can humbly rejoice at the flowering of those gifts is fit to lead the Church.”
a weekend of spiritual renewal
The Dept. of Missions & Evangelism has a range of guest speakers available to lead a spiritual retreat at your church.
Pioneers looks at "Jesus the pioneer" to teach us how to include our whole congregation in the life of the church and move beyond our core group.
The Inner Heaven of Man is an exploration of the healing of the Mind, Heart, and Will according to St. Nicholai of Zica.
The Two Trees explores the fall, our own stumblings, and how to get back up.
The Sermon on the Mount takes us through one of the key teachings of Jesus and how that impacts our daily life.
Click HERE for more information.
To help Laity become Leaders
We have discovered many settings where the pastor would appreciate an opportunity to pass along an "Orthodox Dictionary" to onboard new volunteers and leaders in the congregation. We have developed this free PDF download to aid in that work. Send errors, omissions, and corrections through our contact form below.
Fill in the form and we will respond by the end of the next business day.