Incorporating new members theme of fifth webinar - Completed
A Welcoming Atmosphere -- Preparing for Positive First Time Experiences for Inquirers - COMPLETED
Session 4 of the Orthodox Growth and Evangelism Series was held Wednesday evening October 24. Course leaders Fr. Jonathan Ivanoff and Joseph Kormos addressed the actions necessary for creating positive first time experiences for inquirers.
The Evangelization Webinar series covers practical and theoretical aspects of sharing the Gospel – as lived and taught by the Orthodox Church – with America. The series seeks to take initial strides to equip and encourage more Orthodox to share the good news of the Gospel ... using words when necessary…. with those God sends and to whom God sends us.
Becoming An "Evangelizing Parish" - Completed
Session 3 of the Orthodox Growth and Evangelism Series was held Wednesday evening September 26 8:00 PM EDT. Joseph Kormos offered insights on establishing a parish effort to reach the unchurched. In his presentation Mr Kormos noted that spreading the Gospel is both a personal and corporate effort. An “evangelizing parish” creates the motivation, atmosphere, identity and impetus to make inviting and sharing easier and more effective.
Specific topics covered in this session were:
"Taking Action with the Unchurched" topic of August 22 webinar - Completed
CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] -- "Inviting People to an Orthodox Church: The How and Why of Taking Action with the Unchurched" was the theme of a one-hour webinar facilitated by Joseph Kormos, head of the Diocese of the Midwest’s Parish Development Ministry, at 8:00 p.m. EDT on August 22, 2012.
Additional info and registration info can be found here.
The Unchurched: How to Reach the Lost, the Lapsed and the Letdown 7/18/12 Completed
Reducing the Risk of Sexual Misconduct 10/13-Completed
A shortened version of a presentation offered at the 2010 Diocesan Assembly was delivered by Michael Herzak, President of Insurance Systems, insurance agency for many diocesan parishes, on Thursday October 13 at 7:00 PM CDT. In the webinar Mr. Herzak reviewed key legal and practical factors to help parishes maintain a vigilant attitude toward their duty to protect the safety of all parishioners.
Topics included: statistics about sexual misconduct in churches,legal vulnerability, the importance of demonstrating systematic action to prevent misconduct events. elements of an action plan, practices for who should work with children; how they should be screened; safe practices to follow.
Improving Your Parish Website-Completed
Our most recent webinar had a large viewing audience as over fifty attendees tuned in to hear Parish Development Ministry leader Joe Kormos offer opinions about "Improving your Parish Website."
Discovering Parish Values Webinar-Completed
Our most recent webinar, Discovering Parish Values: Foundation for Living a Life in Christ was attended by our largest on-line gathering yet. Over 75 persons joined us as we hosted Fr Jonathan Ivanoff. If you missed the session you can tune in the to the on-line archive here and you can download Fr Jonathan's slides here.
Parish Councils & Their Meetings-Completed
On June 2O10 Diocesan Parish Development Ministry leader Joseph Kormos delivered a webinar titled Revamping Parish Councils -- and Parish Council Meetings. The session explored how Parish Councils can transition from parish administrative bodies –limited to “bills budgets and buildings” to a more complete role as a shared leadership body.
Recent Changes in the American Religious Landscape
Fr. Basil Aden
Demographic, spiritual trends & major attitudes shaping American view toward religion.
Session 1 - Making Parish Groups Successful
This session is the first in a series. It lays the foundation for using facilitation approaches in parish group settings.
Types of meetings. Good practices. Rescuing meetings gone wrong.
Session 3 - Convergent and Divergent Thinking
Generating more and better ideas and making better decisions. We did not complete the presentation. We will finish this in the next session.
Session 4 - Revamping Parish Councils and Parish Council Meetings
Discussion of the roles, responsibilities, practices and meeting methods for healthy parish councils.
Session 5 - Intervening to Keep the Group on Track
Discussion of tactics for intervening in meetings. The structure of interventions and tips.
The Unchurched Webinar Series
Session 2: Inviting People to an Orthodox Church -- The Unchurched Webinar Series
Session 3: Becoming an “Evangelizing Parish” --The Unchurched Webinar Series
Session 4: Parish Hospitality --The Unchurched Webinar Series
Bonus Coverage: Better Parish Press Releases --The Unchurched Webinar Series
Session 5: Assimilation & Integration: Incorporating New Persons into the Life of the Parish --The Unchurched Webinar Series
Fr Jonathan Ivanoff and Joseph Kormos - November 28, 2012