Summary: Maximizing God’s gifts to you and your parish - Why are you here and Why does your Parish exist? Explore God’s personal calling for you and your Parish. Learn the latest research, best practices and creative ideas to improve the operations of your Parish and the quality of your life.
Tune in this week to Stewardship Calling as host Bill Marianes talks with Fr. Evan Armatas about his new book, Reclaiming the Great Commission. In his book, Fr. Evan provides a roadmap for parishes to diagnose and remove barriers and get back on track.
This week on Stewardship Calling, meet the new CEO of Ancient Faith Ministries, Melinda Johnson. Learn about her history, what brought her to Ancient Faith, and her vision for the future.
This week, Bill and guest Dr. Andrew Ekonomou tackle the important topic of religious freedom in our society. They'll look at restrictions on the free exercise of religion, attacks on the separation of church and state, limitations on the free speech permitted to people of faith, challenges on protecting the unborn, and legal challenges to teachings and practices of the Orthodox Christian faith. After a successful career as Acting United States Attorney, Georgia Special Assistant Attorney General, and in other legal positions, Dr. Ekonomou is using his God-given gifts to truly defend our faith. He currently serves as Senior Counsel at the American Center of Law and Justice, a Christian-based legal organization working to protect our rights on all of the above issues, and so many more. Tune in to learn more about critical current issues that matter to our Orthodox Christian churches and faithful
In Part 2 of a two-part show, Bill and colleagues Nick Chakos, Steve Tibbs, and Dr. Mitch Owens continue their exploration of the 6 Pillars and 30 Building Blocks of effective and healthy parishes, and how the Effective Parish Assessment works to provide invaluable information to Orthodox Christian parishes
Doctors know the tests to administer to assess our personal health. Financial planners know how to assess our financial health. However, our parishes lack similar empirical and validated tools to help them. After over 20 years of working with over 500 Orthodox Christian parishes and completing strategic plans that cover over 26% of Orthodox Christians in the U.S., the Orthodox Ministry Services (OMS) team has developed the Effective Parish Assessment (EPA). The EPA is a reliable and easy way for you to assess your parish’s health and effectiveness in the 6 Pillars and 30 Building Blocks of operational excellence. OMS is providing the Effective Parish Assessment Program for free to selected Cohort Effective Parishes with the support of Leadership 100 and the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese. Tune in to these TWO programs and find out if your parish is eligible, and how you can apply, to participate in this dynamic free and helpful parish improvement program. We also welcome your calls and questions. If your parish is an innovator with Clergy and Lay Leaders committed to operational excellence and the best possible parish health and effectiveness, these programs are for you. Join my fellow OMS Team members as over 2 programs we describe in more detail the 6 Pillars, 30 Building Blocks, the Effective Parish Assessment Program, and how it can benefit your parish.
For over a century, the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese has brought people closer to Christ as it survived depressions, wars, social upheavals, natural and man-made disasters, and societal pressures and issues that could not have been imagined by the faithful in Christ’s time. Join Bill Marianes as he broadcasts LIVE from the Marriott Marquis in New York, New York from the 46th Biennial Greek Orthodox Clergy-Laity Congress and Centennial Celebration. He'll feature live interviews with a fascinating array of distinguished guests to acknowledge contributions of the brave and faithful pioneers who preceded us and to look forward to the next 100 years of Orthodoxy in America and beyond
Join Bill Marianes for a conversation about the Clergy Family Initiative with project members Dr. George Koulianos, Dr. George Stavros, and Presvytera Nicole Keares. They'll share the latest empirical research on the issues faced by clergy families, and things we can do to make their lives better.
This week, Bill speaks with Matushka Trudi Richter and Presvytera Dianthe Livanos about how we continue to live our Stewardship Callings after our loved ones pass on to the kingdom eternal. If you or someone you love is seriously ill, or if you have experienced the death of a loved one, and you are wondering why and how you will carry on, then this conversation is for you. In part three, Bill with his guests Mat. Trudi and Presv. Dianthe reflect together on the topic.
This week, Bill speaks with Matushka Trudi Richter and Presvytera Dianthe Livanos about how we continue to live our Stewardship Callings after our loved ones pass on to the kingdom eternal. If you or someone you love is seriously ill, or if you have experienced the death of a loved one, and you are wondering why and how you will carry on, then this conversation is for you. This is part two with Bill speaking with Presbytera Dianthe Livanos.
This week, Bill speaks with Matushka Trudi Richter and Presvytera Dianthe Livanos about how we continue to live our Stewardship Callings after our loved ones pass on to the kingdom eternal. If you or someone you love is seriously ill, or if you have experienced the death of a loved one, and you are wondering why and how you will carry on, then this conversation is for you. This is a three part program and part one features the interview with Mat. Trudi Richter.
When you or a loved one become seriously ill, even terminally ill, how do you respond? What you do next is critical. You have been called by your Creator. You have a Stewardship Calling – something you need to do with the gifts over which God made you a steward. But how do we live that calling in in the fce of serious illness or death? Join Bill as he speaks with faithful Orthodox Christians Rip Kastaris, Tracy Namee, and Nikki Bober. They'll explore how those with major heart disease, cancer, and other serious illness diagnoses can continue to live their Stewardship Calling.
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) affects an estimated 1 in 44 children in the United States. ASD can create challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech, and nonverbal communication. After her son Michael was diagnosed with ASD, Dr. Lisa Liberatore and her husband Dr. Dimitri Kessaris formed LUV Michael, a pioneering nonprofit ministry that transforms the lives of those with ASD. We will speak with Lisa Liberatore and Mark Bondi about their innovative LUV Michael organic granola products enterprise that employs the autistic population, their U.S. Autism Homes housing initiative, and other autism advocacy. LUV Michael is a unique ministry opportunity for you and your parish to help create meaningful work for autistic adults, learn about autism, and advocate for autism acceptance
As the world watches the crisis in Ukraine unfold, Bill Marianes speaks with Their Eminences Metropolitan Antony and Archbishop Daniel Zelinsky about the humanitarian needs of the Ukrainian people and our common prayer for peace. The First 90 minutes of this podcast you have a wonderful opportunity to get to know the hierarchs of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA. The last half hour you will hear information on how to pray for and support the suffering people of Ukraine.and about the current war. Click HERE to support the crisis and refugees of Ukraine.
In Part 2 of this series, Bill provides proven insights, strategies, and solutions from the “Jobs To Be Done” and “Disruptive Innovation” theories developed by Harvard professor Dr. Clayton Christensen. We will also begin to explore an excellent parish assessment that can help diagnose the most critical parish comorbidities and provide solutions
In part 1 of a 2-part series, Bill presents the empirical data about our current church challenges, how some Christians overcame these issues and built strong church communities, and the 6 primary root cause areas where our parishes are suffering