Outreach & Evangelism Report Annual Meeting January 2008
Prepared by Lee Kopulos, Chairperson
Jesus Christ instructed us to “go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them…teaching them,” and He promised that as we did this He would be with us “always, even to the end of the age” (Matt. 28:19). This discipleship includes both “inreach” and “outreach.”
Inreach involves developing and nurturing the God-given talents of the faithful. In the past few years efforts to accomplish this have included:
• The Purpose-Driven Life (PDL). Discovering one’s God-given talent is the
major theme in the PDL books and videos prepared by author and pastor, Rick Warren. Over the
past three years several parishioners and Orthodox people from other churches met at parishioners’
homes on Friday evenings in time-blocks of several weeks. Attendees viewed PDL videos and discussed
them to learn how to discern God’s purpose for a person’s life. This activity not only strengthened
relationships among St. Luke parishioners that attended, but also developed friendships with other
Orthodox Christian participants from nearby parishes.
Outreach engages each Orthodox person in the sharing of his or her faith. It is the responsibility of all parish members to seek, inform, and encourage relatives, friends, associates, and neighbors to learn about Orthodoxy. As Fr. Honeycutt says, “You cannot add Orthodoxy to Christianity. Rather Orthodoxy is Christianity. We shouldn’t beat others over the head with this fact. But we should never shy away from it.” While not everyone can be a noticeable evangelist, all of us can do something to take the message of the Gospel to relatives, friends, associates, and neighbors. Outreach activities at St. Luke that are especially geared toward non-parishioners include:
• Greeter Program. Visitors are welcomed in the narthex each Sunday as they
arrive for the Divine Liturgy.
Many people have visited St. Luke parish over the past five years as the following table shows:
Quarter 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003
Jan – Mar 14 18 9 30
TOTALS 43 53 35 72 63
The current number of St. Luke parishioners and adherents totals over 200 adults and children. Recently we have been receiving many young married couples with children. (We pray for many, many more!!!).
One final note: While St. Luke parishioners are very hospitable and good with guests, please be advised to say the following when encountering a new guest: “Hi! I am Mary [or Peter]. I don’t think I have met you yet.” (Lee says to always avoid saying, “Is this your first time here”?).