Archdiocese of Pittsburgh
and Western Pennsylvania
Orthodox Church in America

For clergy and lay leaders from Orthodox churches of approximately 75 adults or fewer, the Small Parish Forum is a regional conference created to share helpful, hopeful ideas and tools for stabilizing and strengthening parish life.

Co-sponsored by the OCA’s Archdiocese of Western Pennsylvania and the Diocese of the Midwest and with the blessings of Archbishop MELCHISEDEK and Bishop Paul,  the 2015 Forum was held at St. Nicholas Orthodox Church in Weirton WV from 3:00 PM June18 to 12:30 June 20 2015. 

Help, Hope, Stability and Identity

Many Orthodox parishes are small. Some have always been small. Some were once large and for various reasons are now much smaller. They need support -- help and hope. They need to achieve stability –a positive self-image and a sense that small parishes can live a Life in Christ without necessarily becoming “big”. And, for those prepared to grow, they need fresh ideas that are adapted and relevant to the realities of small churches. That is what the Small Parish Forum tries to provide.

2015 Forum Materials

To view photos and materials from the 2015 Small Parish Forum -- click here.

2014 Materials

To View Photos and materials from 2014 Small parish Forum Click Here.