“We have to focus on our young people.” It’s a common statement among Church leaders, often accompanied by concerns that young adults are the missing demographic in our pews. Our church offers an array of programs and resources and many gifted people are offering their talents to young adult ministry. Now we have an opportunity to bring this talent and expertise from across the country together to develop the next generation of young adult ministry.
Introducing the Telos Project, a new five-year initiative from Hellenic College Holy Cross, HCHC. This project, funded by a grant by the Lilly Endowment, was created to explore the spiritual and religious lives of young adults ages 23-29.
The Telos Project is a natural next step for the HCHC Office of Vocation & Ministry, considering their experience and success with the CrossRoad Summer Institute for junior and senior high school students. CrossRoad has provided a life-changing 10-days for almost 700 young people since its inception in 2003. Now the Office of Vocation & Ministry is tackling a new question: How can we help these exceptional young adults, and their parishes, connect?
Telos is currently accepting applications from Orthodox parishes across the country who would like to become program pilot parishes. These pilot parishes will get to know the young adults in their communities and design new forms of ministry for (and with) them, while Telos supports them with webinars, an annual conference in Boston, and other learning resources. Any Orthodox parish under the Assembly of Canonical Bishops, and in the United States, is welcome to apply.
The Telos Project is accepting applications for just one month more–through June 15, 2017. The 14 pilot parishes will be selected by August 15, 2017. If you’d like to make young adult ministry a priority, this is an exciting opportunity to consider!
You may also view a 3-minute video about the Telos Project below, featuring the Greek Archdiocese Youth Director, Steven Christoforou.