Is Your Orthodox Parish in a Death Spiral?

Old Church in Taiban NM Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons


How many times have you heard the phrase “Orthodoxy is America’s kept secret.”?

A look at today’s Orthodox Christian media shows that time and again everything appears wonderful.   Converts are coming into the Church and the ancient faith is viewed as the alternative to what ails Christianity in America.  It is easy to get caught up in the excitement especially on social media where living as an Orthodox Christian looks easy if not altogether fashionable.

However, appearances can be deceiving as many parishes struggle to maintain their operations let alone fulfill the mission of the Gospel.   A recent article by evangelical author Thom Rainer that I stumbled across asks a question that should be applied to every Orthodox parish in America.

Is your parish in a a death spiral?

Thom Rainer lists eight signs that your parish may be in a death spiral and suggests that if your parish has 4 or more of the problems listed below then it is time for a serious change of course and a focus on genuine Orthodox Christian renewal.

Here are the eight items:

Andrew Estocin

Andrew Estocin is a lifelong Orthodox Christian. He received his B.A. with a double major in Philosophy and Theology from Fordham University. His writings have appeared in numerous publications including The Albuquerque Journal, Touchstone, and The Orthodox Observer. Andrew’s work is featured on the The Orthodox Christian Network where he writes on a variety of contemporary issues.

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