Author: Fr. John Parker

Planting Grant Applications Being Accepted

Applications for 2017 Church Planting Grants are now being accepted by the Orthodox Church in America’s Department of Evangelization. Applications may be downloaded here. Applications must be received by the Department of Evangelization no later than August 26, 2016 to receive consideration. 

A Little Quippy, but it tells a story…

Evangelism or Re-arranging the Deck Chairs?

This Opinion piece raises interesting questions for Evangelism.  Is it what we are doing?  How are we making disciples who are strong, committed followers of Jesus Christ?   Full Text HERE   The Guardian view on disappearing Christianity: suppose it’s

The Interior and Exterior Evangelism of Great Lent

By Fr John Parker The Great 40 Days are generally considered to be a time of introspection and repentance. The very first words of the Great Canon of St Andrew indicate the way, “Where shall I begin to lament the

Evangelism is for Every Christian

By Fr John Parker “God is Good!” “All the Time!” These words are so common in the cultural and Christian memory of the United States South. It is a call and response akin to “Christ is Born!” “Glorify Him!” or

Four Marks of a Christian Disciple

FOUR MARKS OF A CHRISTIAN DISCIPLE Every Baptized Christian is called to be a Disciple (student) of Christ, and is called to make other disciples. Here is a short list to remember our calling as Christians: A DISCIPLE IS: A

Living Stones, Spiritual Houses

By Fr Christopher Foley Holy Cross Orthodox Church As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him—you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a

Missions, Evangelization and Stewardship

By Fr. Robert Holet St Nicholas Orthodox Church      One of the joys (and challenges!) of any startup effort is the opportunity it provides to strip away extraneous elements and focus on the core. The ministry of starting a

The Fields are White for Harvest

  A Picture is Worth a 1000 Words.  Look at all the towns and cities where Orthodox Churches are waiting to be planted!  View Alexei Krindatch’s Five Interesting Facts about Orthodox Church Geography and Demography in the US to see the whole

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