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   “ I planted, Apollos watered but God gave the growth.”

                                                                          - I Cor 3:6

Orthodox Natural Church Development

What is ONCD?


ONCD stands for Orthodox Natural Church Development (ONCD), which is a way of thinking

about church growth by first thinking about the church’s health. Growth should be about quality

(of health) and not just quantity (of numbers). In fact ONCD suggests that quality should take

priority over quantity in church growth thinking. 


ONCD is a long-term strategic process for progressively improving our church's health. It is the

process of continual improvement, not a program which guarantees "a healthy church" if

implemented to the letter. Growing a church, just like growing a plant, requires a long-term

commitment which is intentional and consistently addressing the most critical issues facing

the church at each stage of growth.


In summary, ONCD;

   • Reminds us that God brings the growth and our role is to partner with Him, not try to

     generate the growth ourselves.

   • Offers universal growth principles that apply in all churches everywhere and at all times.

   • Provides regular accurate "snapshots" of a church's health, keeping the leadership focused

      on the most important issues to achieve long term sustainable growth.

   • Outlines a process of continuous improvement through the ONCD Cycle

   • Helps our leaders focus on essential growth values.

   • Provides concrete input for developing or refining vision.

   • Helps maximize the effective use of time, energy and resources.

   • It confirms long-held beliefs. Feedback - "ONCD affirms what I have been thinking for a

     long time, but until now nobody has done the research."



Interested in learning more about ONCD?  Visit the National ONCD web-site at

http://oncd.us/administration.html

The ONCD – Church Health Team (the committee)


In order to fully embrace and carry out the ONCD process, a committee consisting of eight

St. Katherine Parishioners was formed. The goal of the committee is to (1) Administer the

ONCD survey, (2) Collect the feedback from those who attended the ONCD focus groups,

(3) Put fourth those recommendations to the Parish Council, and (4) Implement change.

 

The ONCD Committee meets monthly to discuss the issues, topics, and progress being made

on the action items submitted by our Parishioners.



 ONCD Committee










Do you have a comment? E-mail the ONCD Committee with your questions, comments, or suggestions at ONCD@saint-katherine.org.  We will respond to all inquiries and comments

in a timely manner.




Cindy Paterakis

Maryelen Samitas

Elaine Roman

Terry Theodorou


George Roman

Costa Triantafylidis

Socrates Sakellaropoulos

Stephanie Zavitsanos


The ONCD Process


The ONCD process has been developed which will help St. Katherine’s address our Minimum

Factor. The ONCD Process will assist us in developing relevant goals and a plan to see the

health of our church increase.


Step 1: Prepare – Prepare your church to engage in the total ONCD process. Getting

leadership buy-in, mobilizing intercessors and choosing a Church Health Team (the committee)

are all part of this step.


Step 2: Diagnose – Diagnose the health of your church. This step begins with taking the

survey, followed by an in-depth analysis of your Minimum Factor.  It concludes with identifying

those 3-5 key issues to address.


Step 3: Plan – Plan to address your Minimum Factor. In this step the Church Health Team (the committee) will develop a strategic plan to address the 3-5 key issues identified in Step 2.


Step 4: Implement – Implement the strategic plan developed in step 3. Staying focused on

carrying out the plan and overcoming obstacles along the way will be the task of the Church

Health Team.


Step 5: Evaluate – Evaluate the process you used and the results of your effort. Use the

Growth Forces to determine increased health in your Minimum Factor then plan to re-take the

survey.


ONCD Time-line and Accomplishments



September 2016 –

  ONCD Church Health Team (committee) formed, trained, and enabled to administer the

  ONCD survey.


October 2016 –

  ONCD Survey administered to 30 parishioners.

o Survey administered in the community hall after coffee hour.


November 2016 –

  Results received from ONCD in New York and shared with the ONCD Committee and the

  Parish Council.


November 2016 –

  Six focus group sessions held across Brevard County at the homes of our Parishioners.


o Thank you to the following families for hosting the focus Groups;

Sonia Fakatselis and Stephanie Zavitsanos

Mr. & Mrs. George Ladis

Mr. & Mrs. Dan Roman

Mr. & Mrs. George Roman

Mr. & Mrs. Dean Paterakis

The 6th focus group was held in the Church conference room

o A total of 90 parishioners attended these focus group sessions

o Over 400 comments received


January 2017 –

  ONCD Committee submits recommendation to Parish Council for review and approval.


 Council meetings canceled until after the annual festival.


July 2017 - ONCD Committee met to review progress on the recommendations, update the

  status of each topic,as well as reviewed the content on the website and shared with the

  Parish Council & Father Demetri. Next set of recommendations to get identified for ONCD

  council to address.


 


Recommendations


The following is a list of recommendation submitted to the Parish Council for review and approval.


































































What Happens Next?


The ONCD committee will continue to work with the Parish Council and Father Demetri to raise awareness of the feedback, comments, suggestions, and concerns of our Parishioners. They will begin the process of implementing change.  In 18 months, St. Katherine’s will once again take the ONCD survey to measure success and determine the next steps in the overall ONCD development.


Topic

Challenge/Issue

Status

Narthex  

Loud & Noisy;

Poor Flow

Narthex redesigned, candles were relocated, now has better flow. 

Narthex painted throughout by our parishioners, new wood look

floor has been donated and installed throughout the Narthex

down the hall and into the bathrooms. 

The baths have been refreshed.The Narthex is now staffed every

Sunday with parish council members and a list has been created

to draw from other parishioners as needed. The guidance form

the staff as well as the new flow seems to have reduced the

noise substantially.

Be more Welcoming

Church is not as welcoming

as it could be


A welcome committee has been established and is under way.

We have 17 people committed to be responsible in seeking out,

visitors, potential new members and friends. A new member

booklet is being created to hand out explaining each of Saint

Katherine's ministries with explanation of their mission statement

as well as contact information. Now the challenge will be to

engage all of the members of Saint Katherine's to reach out and welcome our visitors and potential members.

Sermons

Too long, too political, too

much Greek, Not enough Greek

In-progress -

Changes already implemented to address concerns.

Increase Priest

Visibility

 Parishioners want to see Father attend more coffee hour, and other ministry or social events

In-progress –

Father is attending more events.

Office hours still need to be posted.

Build Community

Lack of programs

to bring parishioners together


New ideas are being solicited to help bring our community together for fellowship and providing products and services to our congregation. One example is a new group which has been started to provide just that to our seniors,  A group called Zoe has been having lunches, movies, concerts, outings, including a trip to the monastery of 15 seniors with Father Demitri renting and driving a van. This event along with others is providing the fellowship our senior members enjoy.


A Dinner Club where a rotation of people sign up to meet at various homes to dine with each other was instituted.  This event had a very positive affect on the people that chose to participate for the time it ran and needs to be restarted.


Another great idea has been re ignited by the Pappageorge and

Ladis family of having a Bakaliko for the parishioners after

church. Many members have engaged and volunteered to run

this by taking turns for a couple of hours after church each

Sunday. This has a great potential of making great recurring

income for the church and at the same time provides wonderful fellowshipas well as providing a great service for our parishioners.  


Choir / Music

 Too few members, slow tempo, congregation

does not join

in the singing


Progress being made – Youth Parishioner playing organ during

Holy Communion. Father invites all to attend choir practice at

9:30 am each Sunday.


Parish Council

Not visible during services


Significant Progress Made – All Parish Council Members have

been given a schedule to follow, to ensure sufficient coverage

each Sunday.

Prayer Books

Current red books look worn. Big book too heavy to hold

Fr. Demetri and the Altar Guild has purchased the Literature Rack

program and it is located in the Narthex. Additional laminated

copies of the Communion prayer have also be added to the pews.

Acolytes

Robes Robes look worn

A source has been identified and is under contract to hand make

20 new Altar robes. They are being made by an Orthodox

missionary group in Guatemala.  Donations are coming in from

various individuals and groups and a fund raising Panegyric is

under way to raise additional funds.  A robe is currently on

display in the Narthex.