For clergy and lay leaders from Orthodox churches of fewer than 75 adults, 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 Archimandrite Paul Bishop Elect, the 2015 Forum will be held at St. Nicholas Orthodox Church in Weirton WV from 3:00 PM June18 to noon June 20.
Help, Hope, Stability and Identity
The OCA's Midwest and Western PA Dioceses and other Dioceses and Orthodox jurisdictions have many small parishes. 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.
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Registration for 2015 Forum.