4 Tips for Preaching the Gospel Online

Several of my friends and colleagues were recently in Crete for the 2nd International Conference on Digital Media and Orthodox Pastoral Care. Orthodox Christians from around the world gathered to share valuable experiences, offer important insights, and wrestle with deep questions about the Church’s relationship with technological tools. 

Fr. Barnabas Powell gathered some of the American participants for a discussion on his podcast, Faith Encouraged Live. It was a great episode; you should check it out.

We at Y2AM have learned a lot about using digital media to share the Gospel (and I think we’ve been pretty good at it). So I teamed up with my friends Fr. Andrew Damick and Ben Cabe from Theoria and we came up with 4 tips for preaching the Gospel online. 

(You can find the video we made at the end of this post.)

1. Don’t Simply Inform. Inspire.

When Jesus confronts the devil in the desert in Matthew 4, Satan reveals his impressive knowledge of Scripture. He can quote the Bible, chapter and verse, with incredible ease (with far more ease than I will ever display, certainly).

Yet this parlour trick never turned into authentic faith.

As we’ve discussed before, ministry is not simply about communicating religious ideas. As Christians, we’re called to do more than convey perspectives. Our goal is not simply to inform people, but to help transform them into faithful Christians by God’s grace.

Unfortunately, over the past few decades, ministry work has tended to aim squarely between the eyes, engaging people on a purely intellectual level. Its real goal should be the healing of the heart.

Digital work is especially at risk of being too preoccupied with abstract ideas. We can be tempted to see blogs and videos and podcasts as primarily about communicating Orthodox concepts

But if this digital work isn’t helping deepen people’s love of Christ, if it isn’t helping them grow in faith and come to better know the Lord Himself, then it’s all in vain. 

How many Orthodox Christians can recite Church trivia, yet lack a real relationship with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ? 

If people are merely consuming our digital work, then we are not effectively ministering to them.

If people are merely considering interesting ideas about God, then we are not effectively ministering to them.

If people aren’t developing the courage to repent or the desire to pray, then our digital work is missing the point.

2. Leverage Virtual Community into Eucharistic Community.

I remember the first time I really fell in love with a band.

When I was about ten years old I bought my first CD: Pearl Jam’s debut album, Ten. It’s a classic of American rock and helped cement the band as leaders of 90s alternative grunge. 

I couldn’t stop listening to it. 

In the years to come, I discovered the incredible community that can develop around artists you love: fan clubs and internet forums dedicated to discussing their work; music festivals where you can spend a day in the sun listening to your favorite bands perform your favorite songs; websites that enable you to download tabs and play songs for yourself. Each of these realities connect you to the band in a unique way, and they all make you feel like a part of something bigger than yourself.

The internet in particular offers a powerful platform that allows communities to develop around shared ideas and interests. Though it’s interesting to note that people tend to leverage these communities into real world interactions: music fans go to concerts, comic fans go to Comic-Cons, YouTube fans go to VidCon, etc.

Similarly, good digital work can help build an online Orthodox community. I listen to a lot of Ancient Faith podcasts and read a lot of blogs, for example, and I enjoy talking about them on Facebook and Twitter. I’m a part of digital communities that form around the work of people like Fr. Tom Hopko.

However, if that community stays virtual, we’re missing something. Just like music fans don’t get stuck on online forums (but rather make their way to concerts), we need to make sure Orthodox communities don’t get stuck online. 

Our goal isn’t to simply help people consider Orthodox concepts. Our goal is to help people do the difficult ascetic work of fasting and prayer. It’s to help people come together for Liturgy, to “come and see,” to “taste and see that the Lord is good.”

3. Be an Authority, not a Personality.

We launched Be the Bee, Y2AM’s first video series, the feedback was overwhelmingly positive. Parents told us about how they’d watch with their kids on the way to Sunday Liturgy; young people told us about how it reignited ignited their prayer life.

But then, in the summer of 2014, something odd happened when I went to the Clergy Laity Congress in Philadelphia: someone asked me for an autograph.

In fact, a bunch of kids asked me for autographs that week

Be the Bee was only a few months old at that point, and it was an early reminder that we needed to be very clear about our goals with the series: 

Were we trying to create some kind of persona for people, to get people excited about meeting “Steve” at retreats and conferences? Or were we trying to get people excited about knowing Jesus?

I decided I wouldn’t give the kids any autographs. Instead, when asked for one, I drew the Be the Bee logo and wrote out a simple sentence: “God bless you.”

I wanted to draw a very clear line between trusting me as one seeks God and simply seeking me

The Church has always had people it could rely on to preach the Gospel. To this day we have a long list of Saints and Fathers to whom we turn as reliable teachers: from Athanasios to Porphyrios, from to Maximos the Confessor to John of San Francisco, and so on.

When I see someone share a podcast by Fr. Tom Hopko, I know it’s going to be good. When Fr. Andrew published his latest book on St Ignatius, I knew it would be good because I’d read his blogs and his previous books (like Orthodoxy & Heterodoxy) and listened to his podcasts.

The Orthodox Church is full of reliable teachers who can be counted on to faithfully preach the Gospel. And while we can come to trust them over time, to see them as reliable (and even authoritative) teachers on certain topics, we have to be careful not to see them as mere media personalities, people to follow or pursue as ends in themselves.

On one level, as Elissa Bjeletich has often joked, “Orthofamous isn’t famous.” We need to get over ourselves and our silly ambitions.

On a deeper level, if one is ever tempted by “Orthofame,” either to bestow it upon or receive it from others, we need to realize that it’s a dangerous form of idolatry that distracts from Christ and misses the mark.

4. Know Your Limits.

As word spread about Be the Bee, I remember how much I enjoyed discussing difficult questions with people in the comments. We’d get all sorts of questions from all sorts of people: whether they were Orthodox Christians struggling with doubts or inquirers who had just encountered the Church for the first time. 

I also remember the first time I got a question I knew I shouldn’t answer: a person asked, not a question of theology or Church practice, but something deeply sensitive and personal.

I’ll admit, I was tempted to answer. I was tempted to offer something that sounded wise and sensitive; part of this was a sincere desire to help, but some of it was also pride and the desire to seem like I could help.

Thank God, I didn’t answer the question. Instead, I responded with a different question: “is there a priest in your life that you can talk to?”

In the years since, I’ve talked about this with Fr. Andrew and other clergy who have an online presence, and I think this comes up far more often for clergy than lay people. After all, during coffee hour after Liturgy, no one is going to ask me to hear their confession. 

Fr. Andrew is very clear about the boundaries that anyone who is doing digital ministry work (and especially clergy) need to maintain. When he receives questions of a pastoral nature, he’s quick to respond that he can’t answer: his pastoral work is limited to his parishioners and the people whose confessions he hears. 

Like we said above, a sort of digital community can form amongst Christians online. But its intimacy is limited. I might feel that I know a priest simply because I listen to his podcasts and read his books, but I don’t really know him. And he certainly doesn’t know me.

And that’s why he’s not in a position to offer me pastoral guidance simply because I’m a podcast subscriber. 

Knowing ones limits is incredibly important for everyone who is involved in the creation of digital ministry work. Sometimes that means having the discipline to avoid offering pastoral advice. Sometimes it means having the self-awareness to avoid discussing topics that one doesn’t fully understand.

And, for many of us, it may mean having the discipline to realize that we don’t need to create digital ministry work in the first place.

We don’t all need to write a blog or start a podcast or video series.

But each of us needs to love God with all his mind and soul and strength, and his neighbor as himself.

Each of us needs to pray. To fast. To receive Holy Communion

Whether or not we’re called to do this particular kind of work, we are all called to be faithful Orthodox Christians in the real, physical world.

Steven Christoforou is the Director of Y2AM.

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The Environment and the Greek Orthodox Church

As you may all know, in 1989, then Patriarch Demetrios proclaimed September 1 as the annual day of prayer for the Care of Creation.  Since 1991, Patriarch Bartholomew has focused on the environment as a critical issue.  Not only has he continued with that special day, but since 1995 he has also hosted eight international environmental symposia on various bodies of water with focus on that body of water and the surrounding nations.  These symposia have been on the Aegean Sea, Black Sea, Danube River, Adriatic Sea, Baltic Sea, Amazon River, Arctic Sea, and Mississippi River.  As a result of his emphasis on protecting the environment, former Vice-President Al Gore gave him the name of the “Green Patriarch”.  He subsequently hosted two environmental summits in Turkey on the island of Halki.

In late 2014, Patriarch Bartholomew met with Pope Francis and convinced him to put the protection of the environment on his agenda.  As a result of this meeting, in June 2015 Pope Francis issued his environmental encyclical “Laudato Si”, protection of Our Common Home.  This 184 page encyclical was written with the help of our Metropolitan John of Pergamon and Fr. John Chryssavgis.  In August 2015, Francis sent a letter to all of his hierarchs stating “following the tradition of the Orthodox Church, we are proclaiming September 1 as the World Day of Prayer for Care of Creation.” 

The Roman Catholic Church has taken the pope’s encyclical very serious.  Within three years of its release, the Chicago Archdiocese has formed an Encyclical Working Group to educate its members and implement the encyclical.  Catholic universities have also taken it seriously and are offering classes on environmental and social sustainability.  At least one large Catholic university has made a new requirement for every student, regardless of his or her major, to take a course on environmental science or environmental sustainability in order to graduate.  It is almost 30 years since our patriarch first showed his concern for the environment, and we are not doing what the Roman Catholic Church has done in just three years. 

Last month, Patriarch Bartholomew hosted his ninth international environmental symposium, “Toward a Greener Attica”, in the prefecture of Attica, Greece, and I was fortunate to have the opportunity to attend it.  The focus was on various environmental issues like climate change and water conservation as well as social issues like managing and caring for refugees. This four-day symposium took place in Athens and the Saronic islands of Septses and Hydra. 

One of the action items resulting from this symposium was to go out and educate as many people as possible so they can help care for our environment.  Consequently, I would like to make a few recommendations for each of the parishes at this 44th Biennial Clergy Laity Congress.

  1. If you haven’t done so already, form an environmental ministry at your parish.  Use this ministry to convey to your parishioners the importance of protecting the environment.
  2. Try to implement some environmental strategies at your parish.  One way for assistance on this effort is to follow the book “Greening of the Orthodox Parish” by Fred Krueger.
  3. Conduct an environmental vesper service on August 31.  Our church, SS Peter & Paul, first did this four years ago, and the following year we conducted the vespers along with our neighboring Roman Catholic Church.  In addition to the priests from both churches, we also had a bishop from each church.  Then last year, we repeated the vespers, but this time at the Roman Catholic Church along with the same clergy.  This is something you may wish to consider.  Following each vesper service, we had a coffee reception and a speaker.

I would also like to recommend for an environmental course be added to the curricula at Holy Cross Hellenic College – if one is not already required.  If this is so important to Patriarch Bartholomew, it should be important to all the HCHC students.  If such a course were already offered at the college, you would not have seen what I observed earlier this week.  When I visited the campus on Tuesday, I was somewhat disturbed with the amount of bottled water that was distributed to all the visitors.  Instead of bottled water, there should have been water stations and plastic cups offering tap water.  In addition to the environmental benefit, this would also help the financial situation of the college.  Bottled water is about 300 times more expensive than tap water, and its quality specifications are not as stringent as those for tap water.  In addition, it takes twice the volume of the bottle in water just to produce the plastic bottle.  In other words, when you drink 12 ounces of bottled water, you are consuming about 36 ounces and creating a waste product that most likely will not be recycled. 

I hope that we can all take the interest in and the care of our environment more seriously.  Remember, we did not inherit the environment from our ancestors, we are borrowing it from our children.


George P. Nassos spent 31 years in the corporate world working for International Minerals & Chemical Corp for 16 years and 15 years for Chemical Waste Management. He taught for 14 years as Industry Associate Professor and the Director of the M.S. in Environmental Management and Sustainability program at Illinois Institute of Technology’s business school. He subsequently focused on consulting in renewable energy and environmental sustainability as well as marketing a new waste-to-energy technology. Last year, Nassos was appointed to the new Director of the MS in Sustainable Management program and Executive-in-Residence at DePaul University Driehaus College of Business. He was recently elected as a founding member of the Advisory Circle of the Encyclical Working Group of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago focusing on implementing Laudato Si’. He earned a B.S. in Chemical Engineering (U of Illinois), M.S. and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering (Northwestern U.) and an MBA from Northwestern-Kellogg. He attends Saints Peter & Paul Greek Orthodox Church in Glenview, IL. and is a member of the Archdiocesan Advisory Committee for Science and Technology.

Taking the Next Step in Youth Safety

It’s finally time to take our next step to keep kids safe.

For the past two years, Y2AM (the Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America) has been hard at work developing an exciting and critical system to help keep children safe.  In early July, the Clergy Laity Congress enthusiastically and unanimously approved these new Policies for the Safety of Youth and Children

This is an exciting time for ministry work in the Archdiocese and, to help you understand what’s next, we’ve answered the most common questions we’ve received about the new Policies:

(NOTE: We've also prepared a short video which you can find at the end of this post.)

Why is youth safety important?

We can’t understand youth safety if we don’t first understand ministry. Ministry, as we continue to stress, is primarily about the person of Jesus Christ. It’s about bringing people to the Lord and inviting them to live out their relationship with Him in the Church.

Ministry is grounded in Christ and oriented towards His Kingdom. And, to be effective, it needs to be done in a safe and healthy environment.

Scandals and distractions can undermine even the best ministry work. Abuse and traumas not only harm young people but also alienate them from the Lord. We simply cannot bring young people to the Lord if we don’t first create ministry environments that are safe, healthy, and above reproach.

That’s exactly what the new Policies will help us achieve.

How are the Policies different from the Youth Protection Manual?

If you’ve ever served as a summer camp counsellor, you’re familiar with the Youth Protection Manual (the “YPM”). This was the first set of youth safety rules that the Archdiocese ever adopted.

Yet the YPM only applies to Metropolis camps and retreats. And, while an important part of ministry, these critical programs are just a small part of the full spectrum of Youth Ministry Programs and Events. 

Unlike the YPM, the new Policies apply to all Youth Ministry Programs or Events across the Archdiocese (at the parish, Metropolis, and Archdiocesan levels). And they bring three key improvements to our youth work:

First, the Policies create a new category of ministry workers, called Youth Workers, who will be the only people eligible to participate in Youth Ministry Programs and Events.

Second, the Policies set forth clear policies about how to report inappropriate behavior.

Third, the Policies establish a simple system of compliance to ensure that all Youth Ministry Programs and Events across the Archdiocese are safe, healthy, and Christ-centered.

What exactly is a Youth Ministry Program or Event?

Any program or event that is primarily held for Children or Youth is a Youth Ministry Program or Event. This include everything from JOY and HOPE and GOYA youth groups to Sunday School, parish basketball teams, Greek schools, and parish dance groups.

If the Church is hosting a program or event for Children or Youth, then it’s our job to make sure that program or event is a safe space for all participants. 

How can I become a Youth Worker?

Becoming a Youth Worker is simple. And it’s a necessary first step if you’d like to participate in Youth Ministry Programs and Events.

First, you need to register (or re-register) every year with your parish. This helps us know who our Youth Workers are and how to contact them. And it makes sure that we can track the next critical steps.

Second, you need to complete online training every year. We’ve worked with our youth safety vendor, Praesidium, to completely redesign the online modules we used to use for summer camp training. This online course (which takes about an hour and a half to complete) is thorough, engaging, and incredibly informative.

Third, you need to successfully pass a background screen once every two years. This helps establish that all our Youth Ministry Programs and Events are safe environments staffed by reliable and trustworthy people.

Once you complete these three simple steps, you’re a Youth Worker who is eligible to serve in Youth Ministry Programs and Events across the Archdiocese.

What does all this cost?

The Archdiocese is pleased to report that both the youth safety registration database and training materials are offered to all communities and parishioners in the Archdiocese free of charge. The only cost associated with becoming a Youth Worker will be the cost of the background screen. 

Praesidium will be offering potential Youth Workers access to their most rigorous background screen for just about $18 dollars. While some jurisdictions will see higher prices (given the costs associated with certain state databases), this is an incredibly affordable way to have confidence in the safety of our Youth Ministry Programs and Events.

How do I report inappropriate behavior?

The Policies cover two different kinds of reports.

First, as a matter of law, all people who have responsibility over young people are known as “mandated reporters.” Youth Workers fall into this category. If a mandated reporter sees Abuse or suspects Abuse, he or she must immediately report this to state authorities

Again, this is a matter of law. And the Policies reflect this.

Second, there are also situations that do not rise to this level. For example, a person might witness behavior that seems inappropriate or is a violation of certain parts of the Policies. If this doesn’t rise to the level of Abuse or suspected Abuse, then the Youth Worker must simply intervene to stop this behavior and report it to the Supervisor within the Youth Ministry Program or Event.

How will we track compliance?

This is a critical piece. Our challenge as an Archdiocese is not simply to adopt youth safety procedures but to demonstrate that we comply with them.

To do so, we have established a simple process that begins in the Parish.

First, the parish Administrator will prepare a roster of all the Youth Workers in the Parish. He will indicate that (a) these are the only people who are participating in Youth Ministry Programs or Events in the parish, and (b) they have all been registered, trained, and screened as required by the Policies. The Parish Administrator will then send this certified letter, signed by the Parish Priest and Parish Council president, to the District/Metropolis.

The District/Metropolis Y2AM Director will receive these letters and then prepare her own. She will prepare a roster of Parishes in the District/Metropolis and draft a letter that will indicate (a) which Parishes have submitted their certification letters, (b) that she has completed a random spot check of Parishes to ensure there are no discrepancies, and (c) that the District/Metropolis roster contains the only people participating in Youth Ministry Programs and Events in the District/Metropolis. The District/Metropolis Y2AM Director will then sign and send this certified letter to us at the Archdiocese.

Finally, Y2AM will receive these letters and prepare our own compliance letter. We will prepare a roster of the District and Metropolises and draft a letter than will indicate (a) which District/Metropolises have submitted their certification letters, (b) that we have completed a random spot check of the District/Metropolises to ensure there are no discrepancies, and (c) that the Archdiocese roster contains the only people participating in Youth Ministry Programs and Events in the Archdiocese. We will then sign and send this certified letter to the Legal Committee of the Archdiocese.

This final certification letter will be a semiannual snapshot of our compliance with the Policies across the Archdiocese.

When do the Policies go into effect?

At the request of our Hierarchs, who are strongly committed to youth safety, the Policies will go into full effect on September 1, 2019 (the start of the new Ecclesial and Ministry Year). In the interim, we will be available to help Parishes with the registration and certification process. 

As of September 1, 2019, no Youth Ministry Program or Event will be allowed to function if it is not in full compliance with the Policies.

This is our pledge to Children and Youth across the Archdiocese. It is our pledge to all parents across the Archdiocese.

It is our pledge to you, the faithful, who deserve to know that every Youth Ministry Program and Event across the Archdiocese is a safe place where young people can encounter our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Steven Christoforou is the Director of Y2AM.

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The Christian Home

Rev. Dr. Alexander Goussetis

Director, Center for Family Care of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese

 

The family is a microcosm of the entire Church, a most sacred place where relationships with one another are cultivated in the love of Jesus Christ.  -Archbishop Demetrios, Geron of America

While parish priests, religious educators, and youth workers share in the responsibility of bringing our children closer to Christ and the Church, the primary responsibility rests within the “home church.” Countless studies reveal that the single most important factor in the religious development of a child is the example set by parents. The attentiveness that parents regularly provide for their children to excel in academics, sports, and the arts—building a home environment where Jesus Christ is the primary focus requires even greater diligence. Families must cultivate the basic teachings and practices of the Orthodox Christian faith among themselves; that is, the ethos of an hour-and-a-half Divine Liturgy must be reinforced in the many hours spent at home. The primary context for the working out of our salvation as husbands, wives, sons, daughters, brothers, and sisters is within our families.

The love of husband and wife is the force that welds society together…When harmony prevails, the children are raised well, the household is kept in order, and neighbors, friends, and relatives praise the result. Great benefits, both of families and states, are thus produced. When it is otherwise, however, everything is thrown into confusion and turned upside-down.  -St John Chrysostom

The Orthodox Christian home is meant to foster a prophetic witness to the Kingdom of God. It is from the home that persons are called to grow in the phronema (mindframe) of the faith. The Center for Family Care creates resources to strengthen marriages and families, both as households and parishes. Digital support such as podcasts, webinars, blogs/reflections, video series, and other media provide concrete and easy-to-use materials for families to grow in the faith. A recent Facebook posting offered this feedback: “These materials inspire me beyond words! I hope they will continue because it appears that we have just begun scratching the surface of discovering the reasons why our system of passing on the faith is not successful.”

Family ministry is something we are beginning to see more and more in our Archdiocese. Parishes are hosting family nights, parent retreats, marriage enrichment workshops, mom’s mornings, and a variety of other activities that would fall under this umbrella. The staff of the Center for Family Care travel extensively around the country, connecting the faith to the people and training parish leaders. But ministry to families is much more than just hosting programs and retreats. Its ultimate purpose is to connect the Church with the home. It focuses on equipping families with the means to apply the teachings and practices of the Orthodox Faith into every dimension of their lives. It is for every member of our Church family!

When we see our parish as a family, we extend family ministry beyond the demographic of parents and children and engage the entire life cycle. Recently, a parish hosted a family night for parents and children. On the day of the event, a woman in her 80s who doesn’t have children or grandchildren asked if she could attend. The parish, of course, welcomed her. Instead of staying home alone that evening, she was able to watch children play, help with crafts, join the adult program, and break bread with her fellow parish members. Her night ended with feelings of joy and a sense that she truly belonged to a family. She not only benefited from being there—the children and parents benefited from interacting with her. This is what family ministry does—it brings all the children of God together.

Planning your Parish Adult Education Program

Because so much of parish life functions like the school year (September through May, or whatever it is in your area!) now’s the time of year to start planning and organizing the program ideas and events. Adult education is no exception. Parishes should work to develop a calendar of events and programs, and a parish-wide calendar of events, that is then shared with the parishioners. Our faithful have busy lives, which means parish events need to get on their calendars as soon as possible. Use all the technology available: something printed to hang on the refrigerator at home, something on-line for people’s phones (many parishes have online calendars that aren’t used much!). Then of course, there will be mailings and email blasts, bulletin inserts, and announcements.

With that in mind, you will probably develop a variety of adult education programs and events, from a weekly study or studies of some kind (like a Bible Study or book group), to monthly events (like a movie night), to some quarterly (like a visiting speaker or local trip) or annual events (like a larger overnight trip). 

What will the mix of events look like? That’s up to you, the interests of your parishioners, the ages and groups you want to invite, the resources you have available to you.

So, the events can range. Weekly events, usually involve reading or watching something together in a parish or home setting. Bible Studies, religious books, the many good programs on the GOA YouTube channel, and others.

Monthly events, might involve going somewhere because they require advance planning. Orthodoxy on Tap has become popular in many places around the US. People gather at a local restaurant, they buy what they want, there’s a speaker and discussion.

Social service projects can provide an opportunity for people to work together, but don’t miss the opportunity to learn, what the Church says about the underlying issues of your project.

There can be events that work to build fellowship among the participants through, movie nights, excursions to local restaurants, museum trips, etc.  Just remember the point of adult religious education is education, not just entertainment.

Depending on your parish, you could target these ideas to specific audiences (see earlier posts), or leave them open to everyone. With that in mind, be sensitive to costs: young adults and seniors might be very price conscious. Be sensitive to time: families with children need to consider childcare. Be sensitive to schedule: most people usually can’t schedule their lives for more than eight to ten weeks at a time.

What should you teach?

That’s the easiest part of developing an adult religious education program. Start asking the adults what they want to know, what they want think about, what are their concerns about their lives and their faith.  Once they tell you, run with it.

Don’t be discouraged as you get started. The first events may not be well attended. Keep the momentum. Talk them up and encourage the participants to talk about the events and invite others to participate in future events. Personal contact and invitation is central to program growth.

Even though you are planning a series of events and opportunities for the adult in your parish to come together to discuss matters of faith, share their faith, and apply their faith, adult education is a ministry, requiring the same attention as any other ministry of the Church.

 

 

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