I have seen several requests in the FORUM asking for opening our
parishes in various parts of the world where our members attend
church outside our faith.
Are we doing enough to keep our flocks together? If we are true
apostles of our church, we cannot ignore what's going around.
In this regard, I do have few recommendations to make. I am sharing
in the context of North America (NA) and hopefully this can be
extended across other parts of the world. (Again this is purely my
personal views and we can debate over the merits and efficacy of
implementation of such a plan. Also, please note that our Archbishop
is doing the best to support in NA, but the whole church need to step
up the same campaign).
In North America at every major city we have at least 25 Jacobite
families. Today many of them attend non-congregational Churches or
Indian Orthodox Church wherever we do not have our own churches. Over
a period of time, we could potentially loose them from our Church.
Hence, we need to do some immediate action to address the same.
We need to review/modify/improve the way we are structured at Parish
level as well as at the Diocese level.
1. At every parish/diocese we should have an identified office
bearer with clearly defined responsibility of growing our church.
This includes, but not limited to,
Create visibility of our church by organizing various
spiritual and social activities for the church
Reaching out to the community and identifying members who are
not attending our church and get them actively engaged with our church
Organize fund raising activities and also extend support
sister parishes that need help.
2. Our existing parishes should make a major enrollment drive
and add new members from their neighboring cities. Once we reach
a "critical mass", these cities can form their own parishes with the
support of existing churches.
We have a rich tradition and it's the responsibility of the current
leaders to sustain and enhance what was passed on to us by our
forefathers. Our Bava Thirumeni is doing a yeomen service to keep our
faith intact and we need to step up our campaign in this regard.
Your thoughts/comments are welcome.
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