Joe Kormos
Parish Development Ministry            Archdiocese of Western Pennsylvania


Thursday June 18, 2015 at 3:00 PM EDT
Saturday June 20, 2015 at 12:30 PM EDT

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St. Nicholas Orthodox Church
604 Colliers Way
Weirton, WV 26062

22 minutes from Pittburgh International Airport.

Driving Directions


Blocks of rooms have been reserved at two local hotels within a very short drive of the Church/Forum site.

Attendees are responsible for their own reservations. Book Early. This is a High Demand Weekend for the area.


  • $ 139/night
  • 139 Amerihost Drive Weirton, West Virginia 26062
  • (formerly 11 Amerihost Drive) Three Springs Drive exit.
  • 304-723-0088
  • click here for group reservation site
  • (If you receive a "no rooms available" message, change departure date to 6/20!)


For clergy and lay leaders from Orthodox churches of approximately 75 adults or fewer, the Small Parish Forum is a regional conference designed 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 will be held at St. Nicholas Orthodox Church in Weirton WV from 3:00 PM Thursday June 18 through 12:30 PM Saturday June 20, 2014.  The Forum site is 22 minutes from Pittsburgh Airport and 35 minutes from Downtown Pittsburgh.
Download a flyer suitable for your parish bulletin board here.

Registration fee for the 2015 Small Parish Forum will again be $100 per attendee. This includes lunches and dinners and conference materials. 

Register Now!


Help, Hope, Stability and Identity

There are many small Orthodox Churches in North America. Some have always been small. Some were once large and for various reasons are now much smaller. They need 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 seeks to provide.

2015 Theme -- Becoming Stewards of Our Parish Future

To transition from barely surviving to thriving parish, small parish leaders --clergy and laity -- need to become stewards of their parish future. Leaders who understand they are entrusted with:

  • Strengthening hope  in the parish's future life in Christ
  • Inspiring the parish to live and share the Gospel
  • Applying spiritual gifts of parishioners -- conferred to fulfill the parish mission
  • Building a legacy of a vital, healthy parish that will one day be left to a future generation.

Download a flyer suitable for your parish bulletin board here.

Key Topics

To develop this theme our agenda will focus on a set of important interrelated topics covered via lecture, case studies, discussion, structured workshops and small group conversations.

  • Building Lay Leaders
  • Fostering Generosity and Practical Financial Stewardship
  • Motivating Change
  • Faith Formation in  Small Parishes
  • Waking Up a Small Parish
  • Vibrant Small Parish Worship; Fixing Music problems, Grooming music leaders

Who Should Attend?

The Forum has been specifically designed for  clergy and lay leaders from small Orthodox parishes. While targetted toward the OCA's Midwest and Western Pennsylvania Dioceses, attendance is open to any interested Orthodox/Eastern Christian clergy or layperson. 

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Space is Limited

The 2014 Small Parish Forum drew over 50 persons to tiny Byesville OH. Attendance at the 2015 Forum is limited to 70 persons.

Forum Scholarships -- Free Registration and Lodging

Small parishes from the Archdiocese of Western PA and the Diocese of the Midwest are eligible to receive scholarships covering Forum registration and  lodging. You must register and attend. Stipends will be distributed at the close of the Forum. ContactJoe Kormos, Forum co- chairperson to determine eligibility and ask questions.

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

Find more information on topics and faculty at the Forum Webpage.