Contact Information

83 Saint Basil Road, Garrison, NY 10524 
Tel.: (646) 519-6160 • Fax: (646) 519-6166
Email: outreach@goarch.org
Web: outreach.goarch.org

Mission

The Mission of Outreach & Evangelism Ministries is to renew and share the Orthodox Christian Faith in America by nurturing a deeper commitment to our Lord Jesus Christ within His Church, by reaching out to inactive Orthodox Christians and to the unchurched, by meeting the needs of those inquiring about the Orthodox faith, and offering each community the tools for parish renewal and for the establishment of new parishes. As Archbishop Demetrios has said, "It is the Parish, it is the local community which has been, is, and will forever be the central, indispensable agent for offering our Orthodox faith to contemporary America."

Vision

As the presence of the Universal Church, the parish is called to witness to those within and those outside the community of believers. If we believe that in Orthodoxy we have the fullness of the Truth, then we have the great responsibility - the Great Commission - to share it with all people. All aspects of the parish may be seen as apostolic, and the Orthodox faithful are called to incorporate Christian mission in all aspects of life. When Christ said, "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations..." he commissioned us to transform the parish into an agency of Christian outreach.

The American culture offers us great opportunities to conduct successful parish renewal, outreach and evangelism. It is time for a new beginning and a renewed effort to inspire creativity and revival in Orthodox Christianity in the United States. It is our duty and obligation not to hide our light under the bushel, but to let it shine before all people - to regain the missionary model that established the early Church. We must let our light so shine - because unless people see in us the light and the love of Christ, they will not believe.

Parish Outreach Coordinators

The role of the Parish Outreach & Evangelism Coordinator is to promote and facilitate programs, projects and initiatives in the local parish and community in keeping with the mission of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese Department of Outreach & Evangelism under the guidance of the presiding priest of the parish.

The Department also provides regular electronic communication with all those interested in outreach and evangelism through the Outreach email listserv.

How the Department of Outreach & Evangelism Can Help: How the Department of Outreach & Evangelism Can Help:

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    Holy Week Brochure

    This Holy Week Brochure from the Department of Outreach and Evangelism examines the major theme and meaning behind the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. Christ rose on the third day after his voluntary passion which has brought a radiant light to all. Let us be radiant! Read More

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    Resources for Outreach and Evangelism

    The Department of Outreach & Evangelism offers relevant resources for both clergy and lay leaders. Guidance is offered in the establishment of mission parishes and grants are sought to support them. In addition, the Department is developing catalog of ministries that are being carried out in Orthodox Christian parishes in America. Read More

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    Useful Links for Outreach and Evangelism

    Useful links about outreach and evangelism for clergy and parish leaders. Read More

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    Parish Renewal, Outreach, and Evangelism: Mission USA!

    Learn about the Leadership 100 Home Missions Grant, which exists to support mission parishes throughout the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America in their critical first years of existence. Read More

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    Lenten Welcome Banner

    "Join us on a Lenten Jouney to the Resurrection" Lenten banner. Read More

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    Spanish Language Resources

    Spanish language Orthodox resources. Read More

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    Family Outreach Sunday

    A program designed to help parishes partake in Family Outreach Sunday and encourage active members to invite inactive family members and Orthodox Christian friends for a special day of Christian fellowship and spiritual renewal. Read More

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    Clearinghouse of Liturgical Items

    The Department of Outreach & Evangelism is working with the parishes to match up those that have with those that need in order to provide these basic liturgical items for only the cost of delivery. Read More

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    Parish Ministry Profiles

    Learn about exceptional parish ministries from throughout the Archdiocese of America. Read step-by-step plans for implementation in your own parish. Read More

Staff Staff

Stewardship, Outreach, and Evangelism

Fr. James Kordaris talks about the great products and services of the Department of Stewardship, Outreach, & Evangelism of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. The Ministry Updates series of videos highlights the work of the Metropolises and the Archdiocesan Ministries.
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