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The 153

The 153

What We Need

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Fr Joseph addresses the questions: Are we starting more missions? Where are the monasteries? He also claims we need more men, more moms, and ... more!

We need missions. A query often fielded by the Department of Missions and Evangelism is: Are we starting new missions? It’s a fair question. Should one truly wish to engage the issue, it might be answered: I don’t know; are we? Forgive me: Departments don’t start missions. Parishes do. People do. Attuned listeners may be thinking: God does?

A story is told without any names and paraphrased of a bishop who called an abbot to a meeting. The…

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The 153

Lights On, Floors Swept, Priest Paid

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There is a trite answer to the question: How do Orthodox Christians evangelize? Keep the doors open, the lights on, the floors swept, and the priest paid. Fundamentally, this is correct; paying the bills is essential to the life and health of a community, and “come and see” will always be our most effective clarion call. Yet, while existence is paramount, it is not evangelism. In this episode, Fr. Joseph offers some ideas that have proven effective for revitalizing, invigorating, and sustaining a healthy parish—consider it “in-house evangelism.”

There’s a trite answer to the question: How do Orthodox Christians evangelize? Keep the doors open, the lights on, the floors swept, and the priest paid. Fundamentally, this is correct; paying the bills is essential to the life and health of a community, and “come and see” will always be our most effective clarion call. Yet, while existence is paramount, it’s not evangelism. What follows is not an exhaustive list, but some ideas that have proven…

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