by St. Cyril of Alexandria What shall we do against these evils, we who have been entrusted by God with the doctrine of the mystery, against whom on the day of judgment those who are introduced into the mysteries will certainly testify? For they will say that they kept the faith as they … [Read more...]
Marriage or Monasticism?
by Metropolitan Hierotheos of Nafpaktos Most young people don’t know how to discover their calling in the life. Whether to dedicate themselves to monasticism or select the marriage path. Some have the feeling that monasticism is a more superior choice than marriage and that marriage represents a … [Read more...]
Knowledge Required by a Preacher
by Humbert of Romans As the primary responsibility of any competent clergyman is preaching with excellence, I decided to repost this portion of "On the Formation of Preachers" from Preachers Institute, and post it here. Meditate on these words well, and put them into action! Chapter … [Read more...]
Fit For Ministry?
Addressing the crisis in clergy health by Amy Frykholm Being a pastor is bad for your health. Pastors have little time for exercise. They often eat meals in the car or at potluck dinners not known for their fresh green salads. The demands on their time are unpredictable and never ending, and … [Read more...]
Conformed to Christ: Spiritual Formation
by Fr. Gregory Jensen I'm very happy to see more attention being paid to pastoral spiritual formation of clergy. Hopefully, seminaries will, too. For many Orthodox Christians spiritual formation is defined practically, if not intentionally, in functional terms: a daily rule of prayer, keeping … [Read more...]
Silent Clergy Killers: ‘Toxic’ Congregations
Source: Huffington Post, with a hat tip to the American Orthodox Institute. They are called “clergy killers” — congregations where a small group of members are so disruptive that no pastor is able to maintain spiritual leadership for long. And yet ministers often endure the stresses of these … [Read more...]
The 2011 New Testament Challenge
Beginning Nov. 15th (the beginning of the Advent/Nativity Fast), we will once again be embarking on our annual challenge event to read through the entire New Testament (aloud) by Christmas! This is a great endeavor and exercise and you should join it! Read with your spouse as an Advent … [Read more...]
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