Department of Evangelization

The Department of Evangelization combines the work of the former OCA Office of Church Growth and Evangelism and the former OCA Missions Ministries Unit, focusing its attention on studying and acting upon the Great Commission of Our Lord to “teach all nations, baptizing them in the Name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.” As such, the Department develops and promotes guidelines for the planting of missions and new communities, offers assistance in revitalizing established parishes and communities in decline, provides resources for evangelization, outreach and Church growth ministries, and offers workshops, consulting services and other resources to dioceses, deaneries, parishes and missions.

The Department also oversees the Church Planting Grant Program, which provides matching grants for up to three years to support full-time clergy in fledgling mission communities. Through the Church Planting Grant Program, dozens of new communities have been established in regions that previously had little or no Orthodox Christian presence. Funding for the Grant program is provided by the annual Mission Appeal.

While the Department’s central committee develops and implements mission, growth, and evangelization strategies, consultants representing their respective dioceses assist in the process and assess needs and potentials on the regional and local levels.


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2003 Conference — “Rediscovering the Great Commission: Baptize All Nations”

June 9 - 11th, 2003

2004 Conference — “Continuing the Mission of the North American Saints”

August 30 - September 1, 2004

2011 — 16th AAC Resources

2012 — March 31 - April 5

Additional Resources

Catechism and Evangelization: An Examination into the issues and process of receiving converts into the Orthodox Faith.
Slideshow (PowerPoint presentation)
Notes (PDF)

Church Planting Grant Documentation
The Mission Planter’s Resource Kit
News release on the Mission Planter’s Resource Kit.
Guidelines for Missions