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Co-sponsored by the Archdiocese of Western Pennsylvania, the Diocese of the Midwest and the Bulgarian Diocese of the Orthodox Church in America, the Parish Development Forum is a conference for Orthodox clergy and laity which provides an opportunity for discussion of timely topics and discovery of practices used by healthy, vibrant Orthodox parishes.

Due to restrictions and concerns associated with the Corona virus, the 2020 Forum was  reconfigured as a one day online conference that occurred July 9, 2020 via Zoom.

The Theme was "The Orthodox Parish: Charting a Course in Challenging Times".  The keynote address was delivered by His Beatitude Metropolitan TIKHON, Primate of the Orthodox Church in America.

Access Links for 2020 Parish Forum

Materials from the 2020 Forum can be found at the following links:

Opening Session

Keynote Address - Metropolitan Tikhon


Introduction: Lessons Learned from the Messy Middle - Joseph Kormos

Video -- May be available in the future.


Parallel Session 1

Re-establishing Community and Fellowship

Archpriest Andrew Jarmus




What’s Next? Using Our Gifts to Expand Our Ministries

Archpriest Thomas Soroka

Video - Unavailable


What Good Practices Should Continue? What Have We Learned?

Archpriests Nicholas Wyslutksy,

Justin Patterson and Kirill Sokolov



Afternoon Keynote

The Lived Experience: Fear-based Isolation and Anxiety-driven Change -Priest Sean Levine

Video  - this video is a brief summary of reactions from the morning session AND Fr Levine's talk.  Fr. Levine's talk begins at 11:38 in the video.


Parallel Session 2

Top 10 Practical Tips for Leading Parish Online Classes

Archpriest, Stephen Frase



Folder for other materials

Talking to America:

When the Gospel  is Needed Most

Archpriests Peter Baktis & Paul Jannakos

Video Unavailable


Adventures in Streaming

       If We’re Going to Stream -- Do it Well!

Steve Adams, Phil Tesar &

Archpriest Nicholas Wyslutsky

Video of Session - may become available in the future


Special video

Parallel Session Three

Coming Back to Church:

What are Your Concerns?

Catherine Vrugitz & Elaine Rentel

This session was intentionally not recorded

Healthy Pastors in Challenging Times

Archpriests Marc Vranes & Nicholas Solak

This session was intentionally not recorded


The Ministry of Liturgical Music -- Thinking Ahead

Archpriest Lawrence Margitich; Vladimir Morosan, Tracey Edson