At the end of October, the Orthodox Christian Mission Center (OCMC) hosted the first of many forums on missions to discuss the past, present, and future of the missionary efforts of the North American Orthodox churches. Participants discussed the vision for future Orthodox missions and evaluated Orthodox mission efforts over the past two decades.
Present for the forum were twelve Orthodox experts in missions from all over the United States, each of whom has dedicated more than ten years to the work of making disciples. This group included five participants with experience in long-term missions service, seven participants who had been formally educated in missions, past and present OCMC Missionaries and OCMC Board Presidents, and the founding Director of OCMC, His Grace DIMITRIOS Couchell. In addition, several participants have specialized training in Missiology, the study of the mandate, work, and message of Christian missions.
Of the forum, OCMC Executive Director Fr. Martin Ritsi said, “It was a historical event, because for the first time as a mission ministry of the Orthodox Church we have been able to call together persons of great expertise and experience in the mission field to begin dialogue on key factors of vision, direction, and evaluation of Orthodox missionary work in our contemporary world.”