A Monthly Metropolis Ministries Series
Equipping and Enriching Parish Life
Mission Work that Creates Stronger Parishes
The Greek Orthodox Metropolis of San Francisco Stewardship Ministry continues the monthly series “Equipping and Enriching Parish Life”. Please join us on Monday, August 22 at 5:00 p.m. PDT for a special presentation on “Mission Work that Creates Stronger Parishes.”
Is your parish your universe, or is the universe your parish? Is your parish a church with a mission statement, or a missional church? Fr. Jerry Markopoulos and Kenny Scott will share an overview of the vital work of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of San Francisco Missions and Evangelism Ministry (MEM).
For the Church of Christ, mission work is an existential necessity. It is not an optional task that we can put off until some future date when we believe we will be “ready”. No, the urgency to share the love and truth of Christ flows from the sacrament of Baptism itself, in which the Gospel reading commands us to “make disciples of all nations”. This baptismal Gospel reading demonstrates that the work of mission and evangelism is never in competition with other tasks in the Church; rather, it is the most fundamental expression of our life in Christ and our obedience to the Son of God. We invite you to join us and hear about what MEM is doing to Educate, Equip, and Engage clergy and faithful in Evangelism and Missions, and how you and your parish can join us in this vital work.
For more information, please email [email protected] or call 415-753-3075.
ABOUT OUR PRESENTERS
Rev. Father Jerry Markopoulos
Rev. Father Jerry Markopoulos is the Interim Director of the Missions and Evangelism Ministry (MEM) for the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of San Francisco working alongside a dedicated team of clergy and laity. Father Jerry is a parish priest who serves in Eugene, Oregon. In addition to his home parish of Saint George, Father Jerry has served, for more than ten years, the mission parishes of Holy Resurrection in Salem, OR, and Holy Cross in Roseburg, OR. Father Jerry joined the Missions and Evangelism team when the ministry transitioned from COME (Commission for Orthodox Missions and Evangelism). Earlier this year, he was asked to serve as interim director of the ministry. In addition to his work with MEM, Father Jerry is involved with the Clergy Continuing Education and Orthodox Parish Leadership ministries of our Metropolis. Father Jerry is currently a doctoral candidate at Fuller Theological Seminary in their Doctor of Ministry program (Leading Congregational and Organizational Change). He and his wife, Presvytera Maria, have three grown children, Nicholas, Demetre, and Paras.
Kenny Scott is a parishioner at Saint George Orthodox Church in Prescott, AZ where he was baptized on Christmas Eve, 2010, with his wife, Laura. He has served on the Parish Council, and various other boards and committees, and is currently the lead of the Evangelism Team at his parish. His is employed by the City of Prescott as a web developer. On the side, he creates websites with an evangelistic focus for Orthodox churches.