Parish Development Ministry Archdiocese of Western Pennsylvania
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.
FAIRFIELD INN & SUITES Weirton
HOLIDAY INN Weirton
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.
Registration fee for the 2015 Small Parish Forum will again be $100 per attendee. This includes lunches and dinners and conference materials.
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:
Download a flyer suitable for your parish bulletin board here.
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.
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.
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.