Jan
05

Episode 19: Advice on Chanting … for Priests

Advice on Chanting - for Priests  (Ancient Faith Radio) Fr. Anthony Perkins, 05 January 2017 In this episode, Fr. Anthony shares some advice on how to build a good relationship with choir directors and chanters, talks about the need to have and work towards a vision of parish worship, and Read more…

Dec
23

A Risk-Averse Approach to Confession

There is a tradition among some Orthodox bishops not give a blessing for newly ordained priests to hear confessions.  Presumably this is in recognition of the tremendous harm even well-meaning but ill-formed confessors can do (and have done, as with the "mladostartsi" or "young elders" in the Read more…

Dec
19

Podcast Episode #17: Advice for Preparing For and Dealing With Parish Disasters

Good Guys Wear Black Podcast (Ancient Faith Radio), 19 December 2016 Fr. Anthony Perkins On St. Michael's Day of 2012, the parish of St. Michael the Archangel (UOC-USA) in Woonsocket, RI suffered tremendous damage from a fire. In this podcast, Fr. Anthony, the priest of St. Michael's at that Read more…

Dec
17

Parish Boards, Truncated Sample Bias, and Parish Reform

Studies in the self-help genre are notorious for their bad science (i.e. for their poorly constructed research designs) - even when they seem to rely on good data.  One of the most common traps is to rely on truncated or "survivor" samples. To see how easy it is to fall into that trap, let's do Read more…

Dec
15

You’ve Got to Know When to Hold ‘Em

Priests have relationships with their employers and their organizations that go far beyond those of other professions.  Their position is what social scientists call "sticky", meaning that their career decisions have a built-in conservative bias against change.  This leads priests to stay in Read more…

Dec
15

This Thing Decreased My Stress as a Pastor – Fr. Andrew Damick

From Roads from Emmaus (14 December 2016) By Fr. Andrew Damick This week an article about pastors quitting ministry and even Christianity itself circulated among some of the clergy I know. I see articles like this all the time. Among this one’s ominous passages is this one: [ExPastors.com] Read more…

Dec
12

Advice on Chanting for Priests

General Advice for Priests (I think these are important for just about all of us just about all the time): Develop and maintain a good relationship with your choir director, lead chanter (Dyak), and chanters.  This involves listening to them and taking their concerns seriously.  Remember: they Read more…