Re: [orthodox-synod] ROCA Stats
I know in our parish when the last questionnaire came, it was answered by
the whole parish council, though for the life of me, I don't know why. The
answers given were certainly truthful and were fairly harmless. It was
viewed with such suspicion though. I can imagine the reaction if questions
were added about cradle vs convert Orthodox! There probably would be a revolt.
Even for the individual parish, it would be probably very useful
information to get a count of attendance for the Holy Week/pascal Services,
as well as at Christmas and the parish Feast. It would be helpful to
identify those that only attend those services, see if they are members,
try to get them to become members etc.
I understand that parish mailing lists are also treated as State Secrets in
some parishes. And I don't know why. Do parishes not want their faithful to
receive petitions (for assistance) from other parishes? Are they afraid
their parishioners will be "parish-napped"?
It would be so much simpler if everyone was just assigned a parish, based
on their geographical area, just like in Old Russia!
At 11:58 PM 12/12/2002, you wrote:
> > This is why it is useless to "talk statistics" in regard to our
> > In Christ
> > Fr. John R. Shaw
>Dear Fr. John,
>With all due respect, I disagree with you on this one. The R. C.
>Church, for one BIG example, has PLENTY of "C&E" members (people who
>attend services only on Christms and Easter) and non-dues-paying
>Catholics and so on, but THEY seem to be able to put together some
>sort of numbers.
>It is really a matter of organization; if our clergy has enough time
>to chat on the Internet, I think they might have enough time to
>answer a survey (even with best guesses), or, better still, recruit a
>parish council member, starosta (warden) or even one of their high
>school aged children to take a count.
>When I ran a community chorus, we were able to get 'audience counts'
>even at our free concerts. How? By having two people spend less than
>5 minutes simply counting and recording their observations. (I'm not
>suggesting that this should be a clergy member's duty during any
>service... please don't misunderstand. )
>I'm also not suggesting this is the most pressing issue facing our
>church these days. But, one thing is for sure: our beloved ROCA is
>pret-ty disorganized, and seems to want to stay that way. Perhaps
>because Ignorance is Bliss.
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