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Supporting and Developing Parish Ministries

Several years ago, the leadership at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church of Portland, Oregon recognized the need for a parish staff member whose responsibility would be to coordinate the growing number of existing parish ministries and to develop additional ministries. With the assistance of a grant from Leadership 100, the parish established the position of Parish Activities Coordinator.

Christina Marneris has held this position for over four years and is available for consultation to clergy laity meetings, conferences and individual parishes. Below, Christina offers a brief outline of the position of Parish Activities Coordinator at Holy Trinity. Additional information is available on the Outreach & Evangelism website (, or by contacting Christina at Holy Trinity.

Over four years ago, I came to Portland, Oregon to staff a pilot position developed by the clergy and lay leadership of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church. The last four years have taught me so much about parish life and how to effectively contribute in my role as the Parish Activities Coordinator. I believe the challenges that inspired the development of this position are universal challenges that other Orthodox parishes across the country also face. I would like nothing more than to share with you how the position of Parish Activities Coordinator has enhanced parish life here at Holy Trinity and to encourage you to consider it as an option for other parishes within our Archdiocese.

In 1999 the clergy and lay leadership of Holy Trinity began to assess the growing needs of the parish, and what was the best way to grow the ministry of the parish. Initially they considered hiring a youth director, but upon further examination realized that there were needs beyond youth programs.

What the clergy and lay leadership recognized was a shift in parish dynamics. For the parish founders, the church was the primary source of spiritual and social activities. Today, while it remains the center for spiritual growth, ministries and programs now compete with a vast array of work and personal commitments and secular social activities. Leadership also identified a decrease in volunteers and group leaders.

The vision was to develop a pilot position to solve the challenge of organizing a large and active parish life, maximizing volunteerism, fostering involvement in existing ministries, and working collaboratively with clergy to develop new ministries. The position of Parish Activities Coordinator provides resources and support to clergy and lay leadership, provides support and continuity to existing ministries and programs and facilitates the growth of future church ministries and programs. The coordinator works with the leaders of all parish ministries with a particular emphasis on youth related activities, and connects parishioners with ministries and programs of interest to them.

Christina R. Marneris
5819 NE Glisan Street, #414 Portland, OR 97213
(503) 234-0468

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Click Here: For Parish Activities Coordinator Evaluation Form

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