Thursday, 7/12, 2018 @ 3:00 PM EDT
Saturday, 7/14, 2017 @ 12:15 PM EDT

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St George Orthodox Cathedral
738 Glenwood Rd
Rossford, OH 43460

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Joe Kormos
Archdiocese of Western Pennsylvania



All Attendees are responsible for their own reservations.

Hotel headquarters is 

Hampton Inn & Suites - Toledo/Perrysburg

9753 Clark Drive

Rossford OH 43460

Book by June 21  to receive the special Forum group rate

King Bed  $111/nt +tax

Double Queen Room $129/nt+tax

For phone reservations

419.662.8800 then "zero"

Group Name: Small Parish Forum

Group Code: STG

For online hotel registration

Click Here

    All Attendees are responsible for their own hotel reservations.

    Small Parish Forum 2018

    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.

    The Forum is co-sponsored by the OCA’s Archdiocese of Western Pennsylvania, the Diocese of the Midwest and the Bulgarian Diocese. Host parish for the 2018 Forum is St. George Orthodox Cathedral in Rossford (Toledo) OH. Forum begins 3:00 PM Thursday July 12 concludes 12:15 PM Saturday July 14, 2018.

    The $100 per attendee registration fee includes  lunches, dinners, breaks, an attendee reception Friday night & conference materials.

     "Small" is Not a Problem, Virtue -- or an Excuse

    A clinic is not a large metropolitan hospital with fewer beds and small churches are not immature versions of large parishes. They think, act and feel different. To build a briight future small parishes need to tune their efforts to emphasize their unique identity -- taking advantage of the intimacy inherent in their modest size. And, most critically, small churches can't use their small size as an excuse for inactivity and mediocrity.

    The Forum provides small parishes with motivation, and encouragement to establish a sense that small parishes can live a Life in Christ without necessarily becoming “big”.

    Register Now for Forum!

    Helping Leaders to: Generate, Envision, Communicate, Inspire and Stimulate 

    A combination of lectures, case studies, discussion,  workshops and group conversations will enable Forum attendees to explore the theme "Equipping Small Parish Leaders for Discipleship and Change".

     The Forum will explore discipleship in an Orthodox context and examine approaches to leading change. Of particular interest will be reshaping councils and leaders. Moving beyond traditional focus on bills, budgets and buildings and providing tools to: 

    • Generate Dialogue - "Find the center" in parish discussions. Minimize polarization & bruised egos, 
    • Envision a Bright Future - Express purpose and direction; act on priorities.
    • Communicate Identity - Share distinctive strengths & parish hospitality through words & photos.
    • Inspire Stewardship - Replace begging and continual pleas with generosity & gratitude.
    • Stimulate Ministry - Build a thirst for outreach. Overcome insularity. BE the Church of Christ.

    Who Should Attend?

    Clergy & lay leaders from small Orthodox & Byzantine Catholic parishes should attend. Forum content is fresh for 2018. Past participants will find new ideas, topics & speakers. Forum faculty are experienced in small church life.

    Register Now for Forum!

    Register Early -- Space is Limited

    To maintain an intimate setting for thoughtful exchange among attendees the 2018 Forum attendance will be limited to 60 persons. The 2107 Forum was "sold out" so don't delay.

    Free Registration & Lodging?

    Scholarships covering Forum registration and lodging are available to parishes from the host OCA dioceses (W. PA, Midwest and Bulgarian Diocese) Contact Joe Kormos, to determine eligibility. Other OCA Dioceses may also offer cost relief. Contact your Diocesan office to determine eligibility.