Understanding the duties, responsibilities and privileges of affiliating with (becoming a member of) an Orthodox parish is an important concept for evangelization as well as stewardship and parish administration.
But what are those duties and expectations? Most parish membership descriptions talk about little more than the “right to vote in parish meetings”. Surely there is more.
In response to a request to assist with expressing the concept of membership more fully and effectively on a parish website, we created the following membership description based on words found on three or four Orthodox parish sites. The descriptions have been harmonized to create what seems to be a decent membership definition.
Parish Membership — A Continuity with the Early Church
The Tradition of the Church teaches that our Christian identity is established by being a member of a community that worships together and celebrates the sacraments and remains faithful to this biblical image.
Considering Parish Membership
Membership creates stability in the parish just as marriage creates stability in society. Membership also creates strength in our parish because it is a commitment to participate in the ministries of the Church, to fulfill the spiritual strivings of an Orthodox Christian, and to …