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Orthodox Christian Stewardship is a way of life, which acknowledges accountability, reverence, and responsibility before God. A primary goal of Stewardship is to promote spiritual growth and strengthen faith. Becoming a Steward begins when we believe in God, to whom we give our love, loyalty and trust and act on those beliefs. As Stewards, we affirm that every aspect of our lives comes as a gift from Him. Stewardship calls on the faithful to cheerfully offer back to God a portion of the gifts with which they have been blessed.

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An Orthodox Christian Steward is an active participant in the life of the Church. The parish encourages all who accept the Orthodox Faith to become practicing Stewards. Each year the Steward is expected to carefully review his or her personal circumstances and make a commitment of time, talent, and treasure to support the Parish and her Ministries, which in turn support the National Ministries of our Archdiocese, Metropolises, and institutions.

Effective stewardship ministry is not a single event or project. Rather, it is going out to our people wherever they are in their walk with Christ, listening to their concerns, helping them to realize their importance as branches of the True Vine and encouraging them to offer their gifts in His service. We use various resources to support our efforts, but unless we meet with our people personally, sincerely listen to their ideas and concerns, and share a vision for the future of the parish, our efforts will not reach their full potential.

In Oriented Leadership their book on Orthodox Christian leadership, Williams and McKibben define stewardship as the call of the faithful to share willingly the gifts that God has bestowed on them, including sharing these gifts for God’s work. Stewardship is devotion and service to God and His Church as persons, as families, as a Parish, as a Metropolis, as a National Church, and as the Church Universal. Stewardship is our active commitment to use ALL our time, talent and treasure for the benefit of humankind in grateful acknowledgement of Christ’s redeeming love.

Stewardship is caring for the needs of others.
Stewardship is offering one's self to God as He offered Himself to us.
Stewardship is what a person does after saying "I believe..." as proof of that belief.
- Williams and McKibben in Oriented Leadership

In the words of Fr. William Chiganos of Holy Apostles Church in Westchester, Illinois, “…people don’t give to need; they give to vision…. Church people don’t stretch their giving because of need to meet the budget; they give more because they are able to see a vision of people being reached and God’s purposes being accomplished in the life of the church and its ministry.” Parishes with successful Orthodox Christian Stewardship Programs have found that incredible support is unleashed from Stewards who unselfishly and joyfully offer their time, talent and treasures, which in turn enhances the spirituality and ministry of the local parish.

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National Missions & Evangelism Conference 2020

The following videos were recorded at the National Missions & Evangelism Conference Feb. 3-5, 2020 in Columbus, OH at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral. Presenters offered spoke under the guiding theme of 'Leading Change Toward A Healthier Parish.' What is a healthy parish? How do we evaluate where our parish is today? What changes do we make? What type of leadership is necessary to enact change? These questions are explored and answered by a group of distinguished presenters.

Fr. Evan Armatas - Parish Health


Steve Tibbs - Vital Signs for a Healthy Parish


Fr. Aris Metrakos - What Changes Do We Make to Become a Healthy Parish?



Fr. Martin Ritsi - Lessons Learned from the Mission Field


Fr. Theodore Dorrance - Leadership in the Orthodox Church


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The conference offered insights, tools and strategies for parish leaders to fully engage active parishioners, re-engage those distantly connected and to share the Holy Orthodox Christian Faith with those searching for a spiritual home. It also provided opportunities for sharing ideas and experiences among parish leadership and was open to clergy and laity alike. Attendance was limited to 200 participants, ensuring that discussion would be plentiful and productive. Each Metropolis was offered two complimentary registrations in an effort to guarantee participation across the Archdiocese

“This conference, like the one held in Portland, Oregon in 2016, informed, prepared and inspired parish leaders to return home with useful tools and strategies for meaningful change toward parish health and growth,” said Fr. Jim Kordaris, Director of the Department of Stewardship, Outreach & Evangelism. “We are convening a panel of experienced parish leaders, trained in the concepts and strategies needed to implement positive change.”

How the Department of Outreach and Evangelism is Working for You

Fr. Jim Kordaris reports to Leadership 100 in February 2020 on Outreach & Evangelism ministries made possible by their support.
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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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2020 Stewardship Outreach and Evangelism Ministry Report

The Department of Stewardship Outreach and Evangelism 2 1/2 minute video report to the Archdiocesan Council of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America in June 2020.
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