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For clergy and lay leaders from Orthodox churches of approximately 75 adults or fewer, the Small Parish Forum is a regional conference created to share helpful, hopeful ideas and tools for stabilizing and strengthening parish life.

Co-sponsored by the OCA’s Archdiocese of Western Pennsylvania and the Diocese of the Midwest and with the blessings of Archbishop MELCHISEDEK and Bishop Paul,  the 2016 Small Parish Forum will be held at Holy Assumption Church Canton OH from 3:00 PM July 14 to 12:00 Saturday July 16 2016. 

Help, Hope, Stability and Identity

Many Orthodox parishes are small. Some have always been small. Some were once large and for various reasons are now much smaller. They need support -- help and hope. They need to achieve stability –a positive self-image and a sense that small parishes can live a Life in Christ without necessarily becoming “big”. And, for those prepared to grow, they need fresh ideas that are adapted and relevant to the realities of small churches.

That is what the Small Parish Forum tries to provide.

Holy Assumption Church, Canton OH will be the site of Small Parish Forum 2016
Holy Assumption Church, Canton OH will be the site of Small Parish Forum 2016
Holy Assumption Church, Canton OH will be the site of Small Parish Forum 2016


Online registration will be available in early April. Registration is open to any Orthodox parish or Byzantine Catholic parish.

A $100 per person registration fee will include meals, breaks, a hospitality reception and forum materials.

Attendees from the OCA's Archdiocese of Pittsburgh and the Diocese of the Midwest are eligible for tuition rebates and grants to assist with travel costs. Many other OCA Dioceses offer scholarships to small parishes desiring to send attendees.


The forum’s agenda will be finalized in late June. It will include panel discussions, interactive workshops, sessions focusing on worship, an array of speakers, parallel sessions for clergy and laity, and case studies.

The Small Parish Forum is co-chaired by Archpriest daniel Rentel, pastor emeritus St. Gregory of Nyssa Orthodox Church Columbus OH and Joseph Kormos Parish development Ministry leader Archdiocese of Western Pennsylvania. If you have questions concerning the Small Parish Forum click here.
Past Forums

2015 Forum Materials

To view photos and materials from the 2015 Small Parish Forum -- click here.

2014 Materials

To View Photos and materials from 2014 Small parish Forum Click Here.