The Department of Missions and Evangelism exists to aid Metropolitan Joseph in fulfilling his mission “to save souls.” Specifically, the Department seeks to aid our existing parishes, equipping them with resources and training for the strengthening of the Laity, Readers, Chanters, and Clergy, as well as assisting in the establishment of new mission parishes.
To that end, we are developing methods and programs:
- to help parish priests with sermon development resources
- to work in cooperation with the Department of Sacred Music in helping our Readers, Chanters, and Choir singers to improve their skills in leading our congregations in singing the Liturgy, and other Divine Services
- to provide web-based links for priests who wish to direct inquirers to good online resources for inquiry into the Orthodox Faith
- to recommend and help implement effective methods of evangelical outreach on the local level
Under newly appointed leadership, the Department of Missions and Evangelism intends to improve this page over the weeks and months ahead, in order to make it useful toward fulfilling the above objectives.
Map of participating parishes in 2017 Assembly of Bishops study on evangelization (click on image for larger view)The first national study on evangelization and outreach in Orthodox parishes in the United States has been released by the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the USA. The report can be downloaded in various formats, as an executive summary, or as a full report.
The report, "Go and Make Disciples: Evangelization and Outreach in U.S. Orthodox Parishes," explores the practices and strategies developed by some Orthodox parishes that can be viewed as "exemplary" in their missionary and outreach efforts. Examples of what the readers will find in the report include:
The Diocese of Charleston is nurturing a new mission outreach effort, the Mission of St. Moses the Black in Pittsburgh, PA. The mission station is located in the Hill District of Pittsburgh, the same neighborhood that was the setting and topic of the movie Fences with Denzel Washington. It was also the setting for the old TV show Hill Street Blues.
View a video slideshow of the March 12, 2017 Sunday of Orthodoxy Vespers at St. Moses the Black
Read more about this unique mission station
The Department of Missions and Evangelism of the Antiochian Archdiocese has launched a new podcast on Ancient Faith Radio, titled "The 153: In the Boat and on the Shore with the Antiochian Department of Missions and Evangelism." In the podcast, Fathers John Finley and Joseph Huneycutt, the chairman and vice-chairman of the Department, offer audio glimpses of Antiochian parish life and the American mission field. "We want to shed some light on the often unseen world of American Orthodox evangelism," notes Fr. Joseph.
Listen to the podcast on Ancient Faith Radio.
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