A Missionary Mindset: How International Missions Benefit the Local Parish
Overseas missions is an experience that fulfills our calling as Christians, transforms individuals who participate and infects the local parish with a zeal for sharing the faith.Mission-minded parishes instill the importance of mission. Parishioners return from overseas missions forever changed. A missionary mindset can play a key role in revitalizing the faith of active Orthodox Christians and the entire parish.
Our presenters will share their personal experiences in various areas of missions as they relate to parish life. Fr Luke Veronis served as a long-term missionary to East Africa and then Albania under the leadership of Archbishop Anastasios Yannoulatos. Fr. Luke now serves as Director of the Mission Institute at Hellenic College/Holy Cross and pastor of Saints Constantine & Helen Church in Webster, MA. Rev. Dr. Christopher Flesoras has served the parish of Saint Anna in Roseville, CA since 2001. Since that time, the parish has sent two parishioners as long-term missionaries to Africa and Guatemala, and funded construction of the Church of Saint Anna, Mount Kenya and funds its long-term operation. Dan Christopulos participated in parish ministry for 15 years, spending almost 3 years in the mission field in East Africa, as the first missionary priest sent overseas by the Greek Orthodox Mission Center (now OCMC). Thirty-five years later, Dan has returned to OCMC to help engage others in the critical work of financially supporting the efforts of the Mission Center to make disciples of all nations by bringing people to Christ and His Church. Fr Jim Kordaris has served as Director of Outreach & Evangelism of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese since its formation in 2003. All presenters are graduates of Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, MA.
Presented by the
Department of Stewardship, Outreach & Evangelism of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.
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