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Welcome to Orthodox Natural Church Development, - or just simply ONCD.  We know ONCD will stimulate your thinking about church health and growth in new ways, sharpen your focus on the real growth issues in your church, and increase the fruitfulness of your parish and her ministries.

This website is designed to provide you with basic information about ONCD and how it assists you to identify and address the specific issues you and your church are facing now and into the future. On the following pages you will find information about:

  • the basic concepts of ONCD
  • the process of implementing ONCD
  • the commitment required to gain the most value from ONCD
  • the benefits of engaging; and
  • the steps to commencing the process by getting your first ONCD Survey completed.

ONCD continues to grow after almost twenty years of engagement by churches internationally. Over 80,000 surveys have now been done internationally, 40,000 of those right here in the U.S. The number of Orthodox parishes utilizing the survey is growing: as of 2014, over 40 parishes have taken the survey at least once, and several are in or are entering a second or subsequent cycle. An increasing number of parish clergy and leaders now find it an indispensable combination of growth principles, processes and tools for ensuring their churches remain on the path to healthy growth. We look forward to partnering with you as you join them.  

May God give you courage, insight and blessing as you partner with Him in the exciting journey ahead.

The following prayer was written by Fr. Dennis Rhodes while he was Rector of the Nativity of the Holy Virgin Orthodox Church in Waterbury, CT, and was offered during divine services during their first ONCD cycle in 2009-2010.

O Lord of the harvest, who planted the seed of Your Word in us and watered it with Your grace, look upon us now as we work to prepare the soil of our hearts so that the seed may grow and produce fruit in abundance, both in us and in our parish community. (more...)

A Petition for the Litany of Fervent Supplication

Inspired by Acts 2:42-47, esp. the last verse:

"Again we pray that the Lord would add daily to this church those who are being saved."

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ONCD: An Introduction for Parishes and Church Health Teams

Parishes using ONCD (partial list):

St. John the Baptist, Euliss, TX
St. Demetrios, Fort Worth, TX
St. John the Baptist, Beaverton, OR
Ss. Peter&Paul, Glenview, IL
St. Haralambos, Peoria, AZ
Holy Cross, Macon, GA
St. Innocent, Macon, GA
Annuncation, Dayton, OH
St. Mary's Assumption, Worcester, MA
Holy Ascension, Mt. Pleasant, SC
St. Nicholas, Wyckoff, NJ
Arch. Michael, Colorado Springs, CO
Holy Trinity, East Meadow, NY
Ss. Peter & Paul, Boulder, CO
St. Catherine, Greenwood Village, CO
St. Spyridon, Loveland, CO
Ss. Constantine&Helen, Cheyenne, WY
Assumption, Bayard, NE
St. Demetrios, Concord, CA
St. John the Baptist, Pueblo, CO
Holy Trinity, Tulsa, OK
St. Elias, Battle Creek, MI
St. Nicholas, Jamaica, NY
St. John Prodromos, Amarillo, TX
Ss. Constantine&Helen, Webster, MA
St. Nicholas, Tacoma, WA
Holy Anargyroi, Rochester, MN
St. Lawrence, Felton, CA
Nativity Holy Virgin, Waterbury, CT
Christ the Savior, Southbury, CT

St. Philothea, Watkinsville, GA
Holy Spirit, Omaha, NE
St. George, Trumbull, CT
Annunciation, Sacramento, CA
Holy Trinity, State College, PA
Arch. Michael, Port Washington, NY
Holy Resurrection, Brookville, NY
St. Mary, Minneapolis, MN
St. John Theologian, Shirley, NY

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