Jan
30

Of Vocation, Callings and Such

by Fr. Milovan Katanic In his homily about how our Lord amazed His future disciples, the fishermen, with a great catch only to later promise them that they would be ‘fishers of men’, Fr. Patrick Reardon made a rather humorous comment saying, “we notice they were such good fishermen that anytime in the New Testament that they caught a fish it was regarded as a miracle.” Nonetheless, the fishermen, as we might say in modern terms, Read more…

Jan
23

Eight Characteristics of the New Bivocational Pastor

by Thom Rainer As predicted, this is a trend which those preparing for priesthood should be aware of as Christian exclusion increases. They are appearing on the scene quietly. Not many pundits are noticing the emerging trend. They are a different kind of bivocational pastor. The traditional bivocational pastor, by common definition, serves churches that are unable to compensate a pastor with fulltime pay. These pastors are Read more…

Jan
12

Why 734 Pastors Quit (and How Their Churches Could Have Kept Them)

by Lisa Cannon Green Not from an Orthodox source, but no less informative. Maybe even more important for Orthodox clergy. Self-care isn't essential for clergy. It is an existential reality for any one in a pastoral role. If it doesn't exists for those in a pastoral role, neither will you for long. No sabbatical. No help with counseling. No clear picture of what’s expected. Hundreds of former evangelical pastors say these were the Read more…

Dec
30

Six Things Growing Churches Do That Others Don’t

by Travis Stephens I saw this article and knew it applied universally. Take note and take action! Ninety percent of the churches in the United States today are stagnant or declining. Dying churches are closing their doors at the rate of ten per day. Even church members who have been dedicated to the church for years are attending church less than ever before. It would be easy to throw up our hands in frustration and give up, Read more…

Dec
24

Merry Christmas from Good Guys Wear Black!

Christ is Born! Glorify Him! We here at Good Guys Wear Black wish every good thing for you and your loved ones this Nativity. If you are celebrating Nativity tomorrow, enjoy the feast. If you are celebrating on the Julian Calendar, God bless your longsuffering and patience! If you are traveling, travel safely by God’s grace. If you are with loved ones, cherish and savor the time together. Keep the day in high festival! Celebrate the Read more…

Dec
07

How Angels Serve Priests in the Holy Altar

by Fr. Stephanos K. Anagnostopoulos This incident was narrated to the author by the blessed departed Gerondas Gabriel, who for a great period of time was the abbott at the Holy Monastery of Dionysios on Mount Athos. "There once lived a most devout Priest. Even though he barely knew how to read and write, he was a Priest, a clergyman of strong faith, great virtue and of many spiritual struggles. He used to stand up-right for hours Read more…

Nov
02

The Authority of the Priest

by Fr. Sergei Shveshnikov All too often, a priest acts as if he were a secular leader, a board president, a CEO of a non-profit, a manager of an organization. To be sure, priests do hold a position of authority in the Church. But what kind of authority is it? What kind of headship? I really like the Roman Bishop’s official title: “the servant of the servant of God.” Regardless of how it is realized in the life of any particular Read more…