SOCIAL MEDIA AND PARISH OUTREACH

To say social media is ubiquitous (for good or for ill) might be the greatest understatement ever - there are 1.2 billion Facebook users alone. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat...
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4 Things Leslie Knope Taught Me About Church Work

Working in the Church isn't easy. Neither is working in Pawnee. Here are 4 things I Steve learned from Leslie Knope.
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Meet Demetra Ganias Soterakis: An Oratorical Teen turned News Anchor and Mom

  Similar to many first-time Oratorical Festival Teens, Demetra Ganias Soterakis decided to participate in the event alongside friends and classmates because it was an annual Sunday...
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Women Who Bloom: The Intersection of CSW63 & Women in the Church

The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) was established on June 21st, 1946 to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment . The Commission, supported by UN Women , establishes...
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PALM SUNDAY -- MAKE THEM WANT TO COME BACK!

Palm Sunday is fast approaching. Our churches will once again be filled with the faithful we love, but don’t see as often as we would like. Our first inclination may be to scold or at least lay on...
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Towards Compunction: Opening Our Hearts to the Grace of God

A look at two kinds of compunction, and what they both mean for our spiritual lives.
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PLANNED GIVING RESOURCES FOR YOUR PARISH

Stewardship Ministries of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese has developed parish resources for Planned Giving to assist the faithful in their estate planning and end-of-life concerns while...
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Presenting Your Speech with Confidence and Charisma

You’ve written your Oratorical speech using our five preparation tips. But writing is just one part of making a great speech, now you have to present it in front of an audience. If you’re nervous, that’s completely normal. Everyone gets nervous about public speaking. But with practice (in front of a mirror or other people), you will build up your confidence. And if you learn to use your charisma, you can be interesting and persuasive when sharing your message with the world. Here are some speaking strategies that will help you give an effective speech
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Meet Mike Emanuel: An Oratorical Teen turned Political Correspondent

  In the fall of 1983 -- the very first year of the Oratorical Festival -- Mike Emanuel’s parish priest, Father Alexander Leondis encouraged all the GOYAns to participate in the...
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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).
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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 up in front of an audience to present your speech, one other thing is holding you back...actually writing a speech. While this might be your first time writing a speech, this skill is something that you’ll use throughout your life. Learning it now will help you in the future.
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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 who was in the 2015 Broadway production of Fiddler on the Roof, and the 2008 Broadway production of South Pacific. George took part in the Tony Awards and the NBC Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. He recently won Outstanding Performance in a Supporting Role for his portrayal of Fidel Castro in the new musical Errol and Fidel with the New York Musical Theatre Festival.
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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...
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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 part in the festival each year. As with any church program, our goal is to always increase participation and keep people interested in the event year after year. With that in mind, we wanted to provide you, the chairperson, a few tips you can utilize to market the Oratorical Festival in your parish.
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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 the religious and political scene of the European continent by opening the bloody chapter of the wars of religion, Orthodox Christianity has been little exposed for various reasons.
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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.'...
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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 a few parallels between the religion of football and the religion of Christianity.
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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 passionate advocate for the program. I like to say that I grew up attending Oratorical Festivals the way other kids my age attended baseball games. With the repose of my dear parents, I am honored to be stepping into their shoes and serving as the National Oratorical Festival chairperson. Together with my niece, Stephanie Orfanakos, we plan to create a regular blog presence for the Oratorical Festival on this site – where you can see what former participants are up to today and get expert advice from former participants and parish, district and metropolis chairpersons.
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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...
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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...
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4 Organizations that are Changing the Face of Ministry

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

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