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Parish Development Ministry

The mission of the Parish Development Ministry is to help parishes to become healthy, hopeful, vibrant Orthodox communities that grow in their commitment to living a life in Christ, share the Gospel with all in their own locale and are prepared to do the work of Christ in the world.

To fulfill this mission this ministry seeks to:

Stimulate dialogue about life in good Orthodox Christian parishes in America

Connect parishes to establish supportive relationships, share strengths, good ideas, practices and resources and offer mutual encouragement.

Build assessment, planning and administrative tools to address common parish needs.

Parish Development Services
The Parish Development Ministry offers tools, encouragement, information, and assistance in various forms.


Individual parishes can schedule workshops and discussion forums on parish development topics such as: parish health and renewal, discovering shared values, parish leadership, revamping parish councils, stewardship, and evangelization.


Webinars are online sessions in which speakers present training material via the internet. They will be scheduled from time to time for general audiences as well as for individual parishes.


Parish development conferences bring together leaders from many parishes to discuss common issues and obstacles. They are scheduled regularly and include our popular Small Parish Forum, which is held annually. 


An electronic newsletter called the Parish Pulse will be e-mailed to subscribed parish leaders several times per year.  Click to subscribe or access our archives for previous issues.


Articles are available on a variety of parish development topics. More will be added based upon need.

Tools and Templates

Handbooks and templates for dealing with various parish development concerns will be shared among parishes via this website.

Consulting and Coaching

Individualized assistance is available to clergy and lay leaders on as needed basis via telephone, email, collaborative web-based sessions, and Skype. Contact us for more information or to request consultations!

The Latest Parish Development Events
Adventures in Streaming; Parish Dev Conference Call - 05/22/2020

The next Parish Development Video Conference Call for clergy and laity will take place Thursday May 28 at 4:00 PM EDT.

Topic: Adventures in Streaming

In our last call we explored a variety of parish centric Corona related issues. Since then we’ve had a lot of questions about various tech topics. Many parishes having started to stream services are now looking to strengthen that ministry.

So this month we’ll be joined by experienced clergy and laity, including Fr Nicholas Wyslutsky, St Nicholas Church, Mogadore OH,  Fr. JJ Kotalik, St John the Baptist Church, Canonsburg PA, Fr. Nikolai Breckenridge, St John the Baptist Church, New Kensington PA, Phil Tesar, Archangel Michael Church Broadview Hts. OH and Steve Adams, St. Athanasius Church, Nicholasville KY. They will share their experiences, tips and mistakes to avoid when working to produce streaming of improved quality and effectiveness. 

And most important they’ll answer your questions. They’re a good group –with lots of experience.

These sessions last an ~ hour – with >50% devoted to discussion and questions. Whether you’re directly involved in decisions about when and how your parish streams services or if you’re just interested in pushing your parish to ‘do things with excellence’ join us.  You’ll want to understand the impact streaming has had in parishes and the differences between good, better and best when it comes to production.

To participate just click on this link at meeting time. (Or the link below.)(5/28; 4 PM EDT)

If you want to submit a question before hand contact We’ll try to work it in.

Build Healthy and Vibrant Parishes

Parish Development Resources

Tools, slides, templates, guidebooks, and articles on topics of importance to building healthy, hopeful Orthodox Christian parishes in America:

Evangelization - Preparing your parish to spread the Gospel and to cultivate a welcoming environment.

Communications - Presenting your parish to others through websites, social media, photos, and press releases; improving parish internal communication through bulletins, newsletters, and email lists.

Stewardship: Time, Talent, and Treasure - How and why to build a community of generous and dedicated people.

Christian Formation & Education - Youth educational and social organizations; adult education; lay catechists.

Vision, Mission, and Values - Establishing & expressing gospel-centered vision, mission, and values for the future of your parish.

Leadership & Parish Council - Developing an effective parish council; organizing new parish ministries; leading the way

Parish Financial Practices - Conducting audits, implementing healthy financial practices, and vision-oriented budgeting

Parish Renewal and Revitalization - Qualities of healthy Orthodox parishes, including the Parish Health Inventory; action items for change; how to become a vibrant Orthodox Christian parish.