MEM has as one of its goals to plant missions.
Missions tend to experience more success developing into self-sustaining parishes where the following elements are present:
- a group of committed faithful (10 – 20)
- access to clergy to serve regularly until a full-time priest is assigned
Local PanOrthodox Collaboration
Meanwhile, it is important to seek the prayers and wisdom of the surrounding Orthodox community in the establishment of the new parish. The clergy and leadership of parishes within an appropriate radius of a potential new parish can help us understand the challenges and opportunities in the area.
A Full-Time Priest
The early assignment of a priest committed to the evangelistic calling greatly improves the mission’s likelihood to grow. The assignment of a full-time priest is dependent upon consistent and sacrificial stewardship. In the Greek Archdiocese the parish must show that it can provide a salary, housing allowance, automobile with insurance and maintenance, phone and health insurance before a full-time priest is assigned.
A Place to Worship
Once the mission has received the blessing of the local bishop, an initial task and cost will be rental of an appropriate place for services.
Go Therefore and Make Disciples
Even before a priest is assigned, the local faithful must view themselves as apostles to their community. A sincere commitment to deepening one’s spiritual life is key. First and foremost, people come to Christ when they witness a changed life. The mission should also devote a portion of their meetings to acting as a Missions & Evangelism Ministry, with guidance from the Metropolis Missions & Evangelism Ministry and sister parishes.
To ask a specific question about Starting a Mission Parish or suggest a viable location, please Contact us.