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BuildingVibrant Parishes Webinar Series

Online Sessions Supplement and Extend Recent Workshops

For Orthodox clergy and laity who seek to build a hopeful future for their parish, the Archdiocese of Western Pennsylvania’s three part webinar series on “Building Vibrant Parishes” provides a helpful framework. 

Delivered and facilitated by Joseph Kormos, Parish Development Ministry Leader for the Archdiocese, the series supplements and extends a recently completed Parish Revitalization Workshop Series. The sessions will be of interest to those who missed the workshops or as refresher for those who attended.

Each webinar will include presentations, participant Q&A, and case studies.

Sessions will be held at 8:00 PM EDT on Wednesday evenings July 10, July 24 and August 7.

Does Your Parish Experience these Issues?

  • Declining worship attendance?  Falling membership?
  • Members in name only?
  • An aging parish?  Lost youth?
  • Minimalism in stewardship and discipleship?
  • Many “clubs” -- but few real Christian ministries?
  • Visitors come once – but do not return? New members rarely become active?

Who Should Attend
The sessions are open to any Orthodox Christian interested in parish revitalization including:

  • Parish Priests desiring to lead revitalization and outreach efforts within their parishes
  • Parish Council members desiring to collaborate with the priest to envision and enliven a brighter future for the parish
  • Lay leaders willing to put time, effort and love into invigorating their parish to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ through worship, good deeds and a welcoming atmosphere

Session One - Wed. July 10 -- 8 PM EDT  COMPLETE

“Experiences of Decline and Renewal”

Session one focused on building a sense of urgency and hope. It explored patterns of decline and denial, provided insights into helping parishes get out of “ruts” and offered stories of parishes that have suffered decline and are now seeing an increasingly hopeful future.

Slides -- Click here for slides

Archive - Click here to access archive recording of the session. (You must reigster to view)


Session Two Wed. July 24 -- 8 PM EDT COMPLETE

“Characteristics of Vibrant, 21st Century  Orthodox Parishes in America”

Session Two offered a clear target vision of the behaviors, practices and values of good Orthodox parishes. The session will examine the basics of healthy Christian communities using examples from scripture and the early church, introduce attendees to ‘21 observable traits of growing, vibrant parishes’ and explore the Orthodox Parish Inventory Model as a tool to evaluate your parish.

Slides -- Click here for slides.

Archive - Click here to access archive recording of the session. (You must reigster to view)


Session Three - Wed. Aug 7 -- 8 PM EDT COMPLETE

“Driving New Life into Your Parish -

Having defined challenges and examined qualities of healthy parishes, our final session provided a framework for action. Topics included identifying obstacles, mechanisms of change, selecting a first action project and getting help.

Slides -- Click here for slides.

Archive - Click here to access archive recording of the session. (You must reigster to view)

Webinar Archive

Please follow this link to Midwest Diocese webinars page for archives of past webinars. (right hand column)

 

Webinar Info

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Webinars Project

Q What is a "webinar"?
A: A webinar is a an online session where one or more speakers presents training or informational material to an audience that is listening and watching over the internet. It's not television --you don't see the speaker -- but the speaker is able to share his or her computer desktop, often showing a document or a set of slides, with attendees. You listen to the talk and the slides and visual aids are "pushed" to your screen. The basic benefit is making subject matter experts available without the need to have the speaker and the audience in the same place -- thus reducing travel time and cost.

Q: What does it cost to attend? Is there a fee?
A No, its free.

Q: How many people can attend?
A: Up to 100 attendees

Q: Can clergy or laity from other Dioceses or Orthodox jurisdictions also attend?
A: Sure -- the more the better. If we have space problems we'll try to allocate spaces to this Diocese. We'll cross that bridge if necessary.

Q: What do I need to attend?
A: Computer with a web connection. Here is more info.

System Requirements

PC-based attendees
Required: Windows® 2000, XP Home, XP Pro, 2003 Server, Vista

Macintosh®-based attendees

Required: Mac OS® X 10.4 (Tiger®) or newer

A webinar is attending a remote conference. The presenter pushes info to attendee's screens. Participants can ask questions, see slides and hear speaker.
A webinar is attending a remote conference. The presenter pushes info to attendee's screens. Participants can ask questions, see slides and hear speaker.
A webinar is attending a remote conference. The presenter pushes info to attendee's screens. Participants can ask questions, see slides and hear speaker.

 
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