Orthodox Christian Leadership Group Gathers to Plan Future

SVOTS– 7/3/19

[SVOTS Communications / YONKERS, NY] The board of the Orthodox Christian Leadership Initiative (OCLI) convened in Houston, TX in February to discuss the mission and future of OCLI and its work in the Orthodox Church.

Sponsored by the Orthodox Vision Foundation and graciously hosted at The Saint Constantine School, the gathering allowed for fruitful discussion, the establishment of purpose, and preparation for the third annual Advanced Leadership Conference. The conference will be hosted over the weekend ofSeptember 20-22, 2019, at St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary in Yonkers, NY. Dedicated to nurturing and empowering Orthodox Christian servant leadership, OCLI plans to expand its ministry in the coming years by hosting seminars throughout the United States.

St. Vladimir’s Seminary is playing a key role in OCLI’s efforts. The meeting in Texas was attended by Seminary President Archpriest Chad Hatfield, Seminary Trustee Dr. Frank B. Cerra, and Trustee Emeritus Protodeacon Peter Danilchick.

“The mission of St. Vladimir’s fits well with that of OCLI,” said Fr. Chad. “Both organizations are invested in raising up leaders for the Church, so I am pleased we are able to contribute the Initiative’s efforts.”

The most recent Orthodox Advanced Leadership Conference in September 2018 drew more than eighty participants, including bishops, priests, deacons, monastics, and lay leaders from several Orthodox Christian jurisdictions and diverse professional backgrounds.