THE PARISH AS STEWARD
Leading our parishes to be good stewards of the great gift of the Faith begins with a mindset shift that has to occur in our communities IF we are going to be "salt and light" in our local communities. Part of that mindset shift begins when we see our communities become outward-focused instead of inward-focused. Stewarding our parish life so that we offer a credible and effective Orthodox Christian witness to our neighbors and communities means a constant and humble conversion of how we see the purpose of our parish in our local communities. That transition from inward-focused to outward-focused starts when we begin valuing the Treasure of our Faith and truly embrace the purpose of our Faith to "make disciples" of all nations starting in our "Jerusalem," our local community. This presentation will give parishes practical ways to effect this mindset shift from inward-focused to outward-focused so that our parishes are good stewards of the Orthodox Faith for generations to come. It really is the difference between merely surviving and actually thriving in our life-giving Faith.
Fr. Barnabas Powell is the proistamenos of Sts. Raphael, Nicholas, and Irene Greek Orthodox Church in Cumming, GA. He is also the founder of Faith Encouraged Ministries, a non-profit outreach ministry designed to use the ever-changing social media scene as a vehicle to share the treasures of Orthodoxy with as many people as possible. Fr. Barnabas is also dedicated to energizing the lay Orthodox faithful to be partners in sharing this Faith with the nation. He has written "A Faith Encouraged" as a daily focus on scripture reading and spiritual growth and is the creator of "A Journey to Fullness" a 16-part video series meant to introduce Orthodoxy to seekers. Fr. Barnabas is dedicated to equipping the Faithful to share in the Royal Priesthood of all believers.