Thursday, July 13, 2017 at 3:00 PM EDT
Saturday, July 15, 2017 at 12:15 PM EDT

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St John the Baptist Orthodox Church
150 Elmtree RD
New Kensington, PA 15068-4636

55 Minutes from Pittsburgh Airport

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Joe Kormos
Parish Development Ministry            Archdiocese of Western Pennsylvania

Additional Contact Info 6/15 thru 7/4

From June 15 thru July 4 Joe Kormos will be traveling with limited access to cell phone, voice mail and email.

If you have questions or need assistance during that timeframe please contact CATHY VRUGITZ at 614-226-4095 or Cathy@cvrug.com


All Attendees are responsible for their own reservations.

The Small Parish Forum Hotel headquarters is 

Spring Hill Suites Marriott

Village at Pittsburgh Mills

3015 Pittsburgh Mills Blvd

Tarentum PA 15084

For phone reservations

Call +1-(724)-274-1064 and ask for group rate for "St John's Church"

For online registration

Click Here

Online registration defaults to a double room (2 beds). To get a king room reserve via telephone.

    Book by June 20 (date has been extended from June 13)  to receive the special Forum group rate of $149 per night plus tax.

    All Attendees are responsible for their own hotel reservations.

    Small Parish Forum 2017 

    For clergy and lay leaders from small to medium sized Orthodox churches, the Small Parish Forum is an intimate, conference designed to share helpful, hopeful ideas and tools for stabilizing and strengthening parish life.

    July 13-15 New Kensington PA
    Co-sponsored by the OCA’s Archdiocese of Western Pennsylvania and the Diocese of the Midwest. The 2016 Forum will be held at St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church in New Kensington PA from 3:00 PM Thursday July 13 through 12:15 PM Saturday July 15, 2016.  The Forum site is approximately 55 minutes from Pittsburgh International Airport.

    Registration fee for the 2017 Small Parish Forum will be $100 per attendee. This includes  lunches, dinners, coffee and soft drinks, an attendee reception Friday night & conference materials

    Canton Group SPF 16 Motivation, Hope, Practical Ideas 

    Most Orthodox Churches in North America are small. Some have always been small. Some were once large and for various reasons are now smaller. They need motivation, and encouragement to establish a sense that small parishes can live a Life in Christ without necessarily becoming “big”.

    Theme: Becoming a Community of Engagement

    Just as a clinic is not a large metropolitan hospital with fewer beds, small churches are not immature versions of large parishes. While they think, act and feel different small parishes can worship well, care for one another, serve others, teach and share Christ's love with others. 

    Doing so requires capitalizing  on opportunities made possible by the intimacy and close relationships inherent in their modest size and tuning their efforts to their unique identity. And, most critically, small churches can't use their small size as an excuse for inactivity and mediocrity.

    Register Now!

    The Faculty, Topics and Agenda 

    The fourth Small Parish Forum will offer lecture, case studies, discussion, structured workshops and small group conversations -- all structured around providing tools and good practices to help small parishes to be authentic icons of Christian community.

    The Forum will help attendees to bring back tools and good practices to strengthen their parishes. The Forum will focus on four aspects of “engagement” that are critical to smaller parishes.

    Engage In Worship – Enliven your church’s music and worship for everyone.

    Engage with Neighbors – Break insularity from the world by reaching out in service to your neighbors.

    Engage Across Generations – Harness gifts, experiences & mentoring across multiple generations to build a community of love.

    Engage with Your Future – Hope in a bright future requires leadership, an understanding of your identity as a Christian community and shared, lived values.

    Forum faculty have experience with small parishes and knowedge of topics critical to small parish life.

    Agenda outline will be available approximately June 15.

    Register Early -- Space is Limited

    To maintain an intimate setting for thoughtful exchange among attendees attendance at the 2017 Forum will be limited to 65 persons.

    Qualify for Free Registration and Lodging?

    Small parishes from the Archdiocese of Pittsburgh and Western PA and the Diocese of Chicago the Midwest are eligible for scholarships covering Forum registration and lodging. You must register AND attend.  ContactJoe Kormos, Forum co- chairperson to determine eligibility.

    Other OCA Dioceses may also offer cost relief. Contact your Diocesan office to determine eligibility. 

    Who Should Attend?

    The Forum is designed for  clergy and lay leaders from small Orthodox & Byzantine Catholic parishes. While targetted toward the OCA's Midwest & W. PA Dioceses, attendance is open to any interested clergy or layperson.

    Forum content is fresh for 2017. Past participants  will find many new ideas, topics and speakers.