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The trainers and coaches of ONCD America are able to assist you with any number or level of training sessions and modules to fit the resourcing needs of your parish. Training is typically done, depending on scheduling logistics, over a period that could start as early as Friday evening and as late as Sunday afternoon after Divine Liturgy. Workshops and seminars can last anywhere from 60-90 minutes up through an entire day, typically 6 full hours with a one-hour break for lunch.


Details are shown below; email us at for further information or to setup a workshop or seminar for your parish.

ONCD Training

Team training for parish health teams can be a critical factor in the overall success of the ONCD cycle. Training covers all NCD fundamentals: the concept of parish health and its relationship to parish growth, the 8 Quality Characteristics, the 6 Growth Forces, and the ONCD process as it will unfold during the entire 12-18 month cycle. Training is done via PowerPoint and a workbook is included for each participant.

Duration: 5 hours (approximate). Sessions typically begin around 9 or 10 am and finish no later than 4 pm.
Requirements: Parish must provide an LCD projector and a large pad or nearby white board.

Cost: $500 + $20/pp for workbook and materials fee. Travel billed separately.

Action Planning Workshop

While this is taught in the basic ONCD team training workshop, some parishes feel it's advantageous to have an ONCD Coach facilitate this workshop, which immediately follows the conclusion of the Focus Groups.

ONCD coaches and trainers can assist the parish's CHT with the facilitation of the Action Planning Workshop,helping the CHT distill the results and feedback from the first round of Focus Groups, and develop a plan to implement the necessary changes identified as necessary for the parish to address their Minimum Factor.

Duration: 4-6 hours, depending on work to be done. Sessions typically begin around 9 or 10 am and finish no later than 4 pm.
Requirements: Parish must provide an LCD projector and a large pad or nearby white board. Other requirements will be sent by the Coach/Trainer before the APW begins.

Cost: $500 plus travel expenses.

Workshops & Seminars

Hands-on workshops can be provided in any of the following areas:

  • Preparing the Parish for Change
  • Discovering Parish Values
  • Establishing Parish Vision
  • Building Parish Mission
  • Empowering Leaders
  • Spiritual Giftedness (with two hands-on workshops)
  • Promoting a Devotion to Personal and Corporate Prayer
  • Improving First Impressions
  • Incorporating Newcomers/Getting the Parish Ready for Growth

Length: Module approximately 1 hour; hands-on sessions will vary. Length can be varied depending on parish needs and attendee learning objectives. No limit to the number of people who may attend.
Target Audience: Parish Council members, ministry leaders, general parish

Seminars are offered in the following topics:

  • Six Myths of Church Growth
  • Parish Revitalization
  • Religion in America Today
  • A History of Orthodox Evangelization
  • Natural Church Development - An Overview (available as a recorded webinar in late 2011)

Length: approximately 1 hour
Target Audience: Parish Council members, church growth/evangelization/revitalization ministries, general parish

Duration: Hands-on training workshop modules can very from 1 - 2 hours, depending on training goals and familiarity of and application of subject matter, and are typically grouped to allow up to 3 to be taught in one day. Seminars, similarly, are presented within a 1 - 2 hour format. Topics can also be prepared according to parish needs; please contact us at for further information. No limit to the number of people who may attend.
Requirements: Parish must provide an LCD projector and a large pad or nearby white board.

Cost: Tailored to the number of workshops/seminars and the time needed for presentation. Email us at to discuss your parish's needs in this area.

Learn more about the ONCD model
The ABCs of Orthodox NCD


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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