New York.- The Leadership 100 Executive Committee, meeting at the 14th Annual Conference in Phoenix, Arizona confirmed the allocation of $2.5 million on grants for 2005, with $480,000 going to the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America for new initiatives in Family Ministry; Parish Development and Stewardship; Youth Ministry: Home Mission; Outreach and Evangelism; Communications; Clergy Continuing Education; and Greek Education.
In 2005, Leadership 100 continued the $10 million multi-year commitment to the Scholarship in Excellence Program for Hellenic College/Holy Cross with a grant of $1.7 million and completed the $885,000 four-year Clergy Student Loan Program with a final $285,000 grant. Some 53 clergy were assisted with their student loan obligations in the course of the program. Also continued was the multi-year Retired Clergy in Need program with a grant of $15,600.
A grant of $100,000 for Family Ministry will fund the distribution of already produced material and will expand the ministry and outreach of this new department. His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios has declared 2005-2006 the “Year of the Family”. The Family Roundtable was appointed in 2002 by Archbishop Demetrios to study and produce material, resources and assistance to the Orthodox Family.
With another grant of $90,000, regional Metropolis conferences will be organized to focus on Parish Development and Stewardship, designed to assist the parish in local fund-raising techniques for Capital and Fundraising campaigns, Stewardship techniques and resources as well as highlight other Archdiocesan Ministries.
The Youth Department will receive $25,000 for the production of new resource and curriculum guides for Early Childhood, Hope, Joy and GOYA programs, while Home Missions will get $102,000 to continue to assist and expand Mission Parishes in the United States.
The new Department of Outreach and Evangelism will receive $8,000 for a seminar and workshops on parish ministry for clergy and lay leadership in the areas of Ministry to the Family, Pastoral Issues facing the Parish, Building a Parish Leadership Team, Outreach and Evangelism in the Parish, Organized Leadership, a model of Change in the Parish and Educating Leadership.
In the area of Communications, $40,000 will go for the production and distribution of Illuminations – the Video Magazine of the Archdiocese. The production was created by Leadership 100 in 2002 and was successful in presenting the National Church to the local Parishes across the United States. The grant will allow the Archdiocese to highlight the Ministries of the Archdiocese as well as focus on certain institutions and events happening in 2005. Another $50,000 will go to Internet Ministries for Phase 2 of the Bulletin Builder Program, which provides enhancements to the current bulleting builder program that includes a National Calendaring system, adding Greek capabilities to the current system, and multiple layout options – as well as other user requested enhancements, while integrating the current system into the on-line chapel system.
The Department of Greek Education will receive $30,000 Greek Education to create a website for the Archdiocese Department of Greek Education, which will contain materials and practice tests for the Examination in Modern Greek, kindergarten curriculum in downloadable PDF form, communication with schools and teachers for the inclusion of lesson plans, teacher training materials, lessons and worksheets, materials on Modern Greek for adults, cultural materials and explorations (webquests, mini-courses), and student work and image libraries.
Leadership 100 grants also included $10,000 for a new Clergy Continuing Education program and $25,000 for the creation of an Archdiocese Annual Report that will include information about the Archdiocese, Clergy Laity Congress, financial reports and ministry highlights. The report will be professionally produced and distributed to all parish members.