We want to hear YOUR story! Whether you were raised in the Orthodox Christian faith, or converted to it at any age, this opportunity is for you!

Some of the most powerful lessons are delivered via stories, parables, and fables. When we hear people’s stories of becoming Orthodox, or choosing to practice their ancestral faith “on purpose,” we learn so much about sharing the Gospel.

How these stories will be used: Our first goal in collecting stories is to learn more about evangelism and the things that have had the most positive impact on you. Our second goal is to produce small sound bites (like StoryCorps) that can be shared across our media platforms.

Your participation in recording gives us permission to share your first and last name and your voice recording. We encourage you to protect your privacy by avoiding the use of last names or place names that would easily identify your location. If you have any concerns about how these stories will be shared, please note that in the comments or Contact Us before recording.

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Let’s get started!

  1. Will you tell your own story or will you interview a friend who has a great story? You can even take turns interviewing each other.
  2. Reflect on the following three prompts, and determine which story you want to tell. (You can, of course, make multiple recordings to answer all three.) Maybe jot down a few notes about what you’d like to say.
  3. Press record and go! You can record for up to 30 minutes.

FIRST IMPRESSIONS – Describe your first experience with the Orthodox Church? How did you find out about it? What was your first visit like? What service or activity did you attend? What surprised you or drew you in? Whom did you meet there?

MENTORS & HEROES – Think about the person who has had the greatest impact on your faith. Describe your relationship with them and the impact they’ve had on you.

ORTHODOX ON PURPOSE – Describe the experience of choosing to live as an Orthodox Christian. Did you take ownership of the faith that was handed down to you? Did you return to Christianity after being away? Did you convert to Orthodoxy from another faith? What influenced your decision? Who guided you along the way or shared the journey with you? Looking back, how do you see God’s hand in the experience of choosing to be Orthodox “on purpose?”

INSIDER PERSPECTIVE – What do you wish people with little exposure to Orthodoxy knew about your experience of being an Orthodox Christian?

    What type of story will you be telling?

    I authorize the Missions & Evangelism Ministry of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of San Francisco ("the Ministry") to use my name, voice and participation in and performance or parts thereof (the “Recordings”).

    I agree that the Recordings may be edited and otherwise altered at the sole discretion of the Ministry and used in whole or in part for any and all broadcasting, non-broadcasting, audio/visual, and/or exhibition purposes in any manner or media, in perpetuity, throughout the known universe.
    The Ministry may use and authorize others to use all or parts of the Recordings. The Ministry, its successors and assigns shall own all right, title and interest, including copyright, in and to the Recordings, to be used and disposed of without limitation.

    I agree that no sum shall be due to me and the Ministry shall not be obligated to pay me or any third party any sum whatsoever, regardless of the time or method of any future use of the Recordings.