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Every Parish A Mission

The Church thus is not a "self-centered" community but precisely a missionalry community, whose pupose is salvation not from, but of, the world. In the Orthodox experience and faith it is the Church-sacrament that makes possible the Church-mission.

- Fr. Alexander Schmemann, "The Missionary Imperative", Church World Mission, p. 214

This year (2015), the OCA establish its first every Mission School. "The Mission School is an initiative of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America based on a proposal of a task force on the use of a bequest. The Mission School seeks to train clergy and lay people on fundamentals of mission planting, operation and evangelism. It is not meant to be theoretical but rather practical training for those either in or going to a mission."

"The objective of the Mission School would be to have all priests who are assigned to a mission or in a mission, as well as interested clergy, seminarians and lay people, attend a standardized school that would specifically address the needs of the mission."

The purpose of this "site" is to provide mission resources for the parishes of the Diocese of New England. Use the following link to download the complete Mission School Prospectus. This prospectus includes the entire bibliography for the Mission School as well.

This is the complete slideshow presentation from the 52nd Diocesan Assembly; simply use your keyboard arrow keys to move through the slides.


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Learn more about Church Growth -

If you want to learn about “church growth,” how it takes place, and how you can facilitate it, the Charles E. Fuller Institute Seminar Series would be well worth your investment of time and money.

OCA Department of Evangelization -

The Department of Evangelization combines the work of the former OCA Office of Church Growth and Evangelism and the former OCA Missions Ministries Unit, focusing its attention on studying and acting upon the Great Commission of Our Lord to “teach all nations, baptizing them in the Name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.”

Parish Development -

Links to articles about Parish Development

Small Parish Forum -

The Small Parish Forum is a program undertaken by the Archdiocese of Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania.

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