The Orthodox Leader

We’re talking about leadership

The Eli’s Road post has perhaps given some the impression that this blog exists to call out clergy malfeasance. It’s not. The goal is to talk about the leadership issues we’re facing as Orthodox Christians in North America. This is also not just about the hierarchs, councillors, and administrators leading from “on high.” It’s about what goes on at the parish level, too. Every parish has leaders. What challenges are they facing, and how can they lead more effectively?

Off the top of my head, some of the topics I plan to take up include (in no particular order):

  1. Goal-setting
  2. Financial leadership (budgeting, obligations, stewardship)
  3. Developing a sense of evangelism among both clergy and lay leaders
  4. Priorities (evangelism, programs, church building, missions, etc.)
  5. Antagonism and lay abuse of clergy
  6. Clergy compensation and its effect on leadership

(Having said that, it would seem that a leadership issue we should all be able to agree upon, is that clergy who are unfaithful or who are guilty of sexual abuse should be removed as clergy, rather than left in a position of leadership.)

I’ll ask you, the readers of this forum, a simple question: What topics would YOU like to see discussed and reflected on here? Use the comment section or the contact form .

Reminder: Please use real names (including last names) in the comment section. This is a leadership forum, so we can stand in the light. If you want to share something privately, use the contact form.

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Written by Fr Basil Biberdorf

December 3rd, 2009 at 12:03 pm

Posted in Leadership

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