Alexei Krindatch (Akrindatch@aol.com) Orthodox Reality in America St.Nicholas Cathedral, Tarpon Springs. FL St.Tikhon Monastery (est. 1903), South Canaan, PA St.Gregory Theologian Church, Tampa, FL Panagia Vlahernon Monastery, Ocala, FL Sources of information:
Orthodox Reality in America
St.Nicholas Cathedral, Tarpon Springs. FL
St.Tikhon Monastery (est. 1903), South Canaan, PA
St.Gregory Theologian Church, Tampa, FL
Panagia Vlahernon Monastery, Ocala, FL
A significant number of converts (born and raised non-Orthodox) among members of “Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America” and “Orthodox Church in America”
“Of your total regular participants age 18 and older, estimate the percent who are:”
(average % for US Orthodox parishes nationwide)
Orthodox Church) – 61%
Church building – 46%
2010 FACT Survey of Orthodox Parishes in USA“Overall, to what extent are your parish’s active participants involved in recruiting new members?
How are visitors contacted
after they attend your parish’s
worship services or other
By e-mail – 67%
By phone – 58%
Send materials about parish
to our visitors – 57%
Personal visits – 32%
We rarely contact our
visitors – 23%
2010 FACT Survey of Orthodox Parishes in USAImpact of Financial Recession on Church Finances: “How would you describe your parish’s financial health today and five years ago?
What are most urgent issues in the Church life from the perspective of members of Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America (GOA) and Orthodox Church in America (OCA)?
The good message:Members of US Orthodox Churches have a strong religious identity and Church preference% who agreed with following statements
The bad message:strong Orthodox identity does NOT mean that “people in the pews” view their religious obligations the way they are expected by the Church
Please, indicate if you think a person can be a good Orthodox Christian without performing these actions% of GOA and OCA members saying that he/she still can be a good Orthodox Christian without doing the following
Orthodox men and women have similarly negative opinions on ordination of women% of male and female respondents who would support women in following roles
But not all Orthodox laity are equally “Orthodox” in their personal “micro-theologies”When you think about your theological position and approach to church life, which word best describes you?
Each local Orthodox parish was asked two questions:
That is, 28% of the Orthodox Church adherents participate in church life on a regular weekly basis
Source: 2009 US Religious Landscape Survey
by Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life
Compared to Roman Catholics and Protestants, Orthodox Christians in the US are LESS likely to see God as a person and MORE likely as an impersonal force
Orthodox Christians DO NOT practice their faith in a particularly strong manner: they attend Church less frequently than Roman Catholics or Evangelical Christians
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