Free "Live the Word" Bible Study Guide for the Triodion

A free new Bible Study resource for the Triodion Period (the Sunday of the Publican & Pharisee through Holy Saturday).

5 Tips on Preparing Your Speech

So, your Sunday School teacher, parent, Godparent, or friend told you about the St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival. After some consideration, you are leaning towards trying it. Besides getting...

Meet George Psomas: An Oratorical Teen turned Professional Actor

In 1996, George Psomas stepped up to the podium for the first time as a Junior Division participant at the St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival. Now, he is a professional actor in New York City...

REPORT FROM A HOME MISSION PARISH

OUTREACH & EVANGELISM Report from a Home Mission Parish  A Recipient of the Leadership 100 Home Mission Parish Grant It’s our privilege to apply for and administer a...

How to Market the Oratorical Festival

Introduced in 1983, the St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival provides Greek Orthodox teenagers the opportunity to write and talk about their faith. Over 200 parishes and 1,000 participants take...

Orthodox view on the Lutheran-Catholic Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification

Never has such a sensitive question agitated the religious landscape of Europe, and of the world at large, as this: how is humanity saved? In this debate, which in the 16th century deeply marked...

STEWARDS OF THE FAITH

Stewardship is often reduced to the "three Ts" (time, talent and treasure) which is an acceptable, though tactical, explanation of what we Orthodox Christians do after saying 'we believe.'...

Super Bowl Sunday

Sunday is a high holy day. No, it is not Christmas or Pascha. Sunday is Super Bowl Sunday, a major feast day for those who follow the religion called football. Sarcasm aside, I wonder if there are...

How the Oratorical Festival can help your children become active learners in their Orthodox faith

As the daughter of Presvytera Margaret Orfanakos and Fr. John Orfanakos – the former national chairpersons of the National Oratorical Festival from 1986 through 2018 – I am a...

TRANSFORMING THE HEART OF A COMMUNITY: from Dues to Stewardship

  Fr. John Touloumes arrived at Holy Trinity in August 1993 with a mandate from then Bishop (later Metropolitan) Maximos: Transition the parish of almost 200 families from dues to...

Exodus from Orthodoxy, Part II: The Three Big Challenges of Young Adulthood

The second of a three-part series: Exodus from Orthodoxy.

KIOSK CONVENIENCE INCREASES STEWARDSHIP

Is a donation kiosk right for your parish? In a recent study of church giving conducted between 2015 and 2017, the traditional methods of donating (cash and check) are declining whereas...

4 Organizations that are Changing the Face of Ministry

Steve highlights 4 organizations that are helping the Church refocus on Christ and His Kingdom.

A Delightful Surprise

How can we more intentionally recognize Christ in our midst in every nook and cranny of family life?

3 Critical Questions to Shape the Future of the Church

Steve asks 3 questions that should shape the future of our ministry work.

Teach the Faith

Now that we are a couple of months into our Sunday Church school year, I want to ask, “Are we teaching the Faith?” Our task is to hand on the contents of the Orthodox Christian Faith to another...

Test your Phishing skills

Phishing emails come in all shapes and sizes, but fortunately there are some “tells” you can look for to help suss out potential scams.

Think Outside the Box for a Renewed Sunday Church School Year

  It’s that time of year again! The time of year where you are starting to realize that summer vacation is over and that the Sunday Church School year is starting up any day now!...

What is a Phishing Attack and Tips for Protecting Yourself

Cybercriminals are using social engineering to craft emails that appear as though they have been sent from a legitimate organization or known individual. The purpose of these emails is to either...