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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

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  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






Loud & Noisy;

Poor Flow

Step 1Completed

Redesigned, Renovated, Better flow around Narthex.

Altar Robes on display for fund raising

Step 2(1) Design the hood over the

Candles (pangari). (2) Add spot lights over the Icons.

(3) Design a new table used by the Parish Council.

(4) Install new speakers

Topic Removed: The addition of area Rugs determined

a potential hazard for both children and the elderly.

Be more Welcoming

Church is not as welcoming

as it could be

Step 1Completed

Welcome committee organized with 17 volunteers,

scheduled through end of year.

Step 2(1) Design a “Welcome Booklet”

(2) Better rotation/schedule of volunteers

(3) Philoptochos to provide “gift information”

and documents in a mug (suggestion)


Too long, too political, too

much Greek, Not enough Greek

In-progress Changes already implemented to

address concerns of too much or too little Greek

language. Sunday’s has a mix of both languages,

where as Weekday services are primarily in Greek.

Increase Priest


 Parishioners want to see Father attend more coffee hour, and other ministry or social events. Not enough

office hours.

In-progress(1) Father attending more social events.

(2) Office hours to increase and coincide with weekly

events held Wednesday’s @ 01:00 pm and Thursdays

@ 09:00 am, (3) Form a group to conduct house visits

across Brevard County or those unable to attend

services. Basically checking in on parishioners with

the help of other church groups.


Build Community

Lack of programs

to bring parishioners together

In-progress Bible Study Group in place.

Opportunity exists for more social events, and reasons

to get the community together

> Wednesday night bible study underway

> March 25th – Independence Day

> Zoe events

Choir / Music

 Too few members, slow tempo, congregation

does not join

in the singing

Completed – Youth Parishioner playing organ during

Holy Communion. Father invites all to

attend choir practice at 9:30 am each Sunday

Choir moved to front right side of altar to

Harmonize singing with chanter and Choir

Move the Bishops Throne and Chanter stand

To make more space for the choir (2 rows)

Parish Council

Not visible during services

Completed – Parish Council Members have been

given a schedule to follow and to ensure sufficient

coverage each Sunday.

Only 9 Council Members – need to recruit

More. Perhaps have GOYA to assist with

Trays once a month etc.

Prayer Books

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

On-Hold - New books from Metropolis under review.

These are hard to read and follow along, as well as

difficult to hold (too heavy).

New version of the book to include music and

congregational singing.




Robes look worn

Completed – New robes have arrived and have been

worn by the Acolytes.

Have a second Acolyte holding a bread bowl on the

opposite side of church to permit greater parishioner


       The following are the Phase II - ONCD recommendations

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 (Spring 2019), St. Katherine’s will once again take the ONCD survey to measure success and determine the next steps in the overall ONCD development.

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.

February 2018 - The committee met February 20th to review the progress made to the

 initial list of 9 topics. These 9 topics were defined by the focus group summary document,

 presented and agreed to by Father Demetri, The Parish Council, and the ONCD Committee.

The committee agreed to update the progress made to the initial 9 (Phase I) topics.

Review the next set of topics / recommendations from the survey results.

Update the ONCD web-site to provide parishioners with the latest ONCD news.

Re-Take ONCD Survey:

o Begin the planning process for the second ONCD survey. This survey follows the

   ONCD process of repeating the survey 18 months after the initial survey.

o The survey would be offered to the initial list of survey participants, as well as

   extended to any new parishioner that wanted to participate and provide feedback.

o Only the initial 30 survey participants would get sent to New York for processing.

   All other completed surveys would get summarized by the ONCD committee.

        o The current plan is to offer the survey in the February 2019 time frame.

September 2018 - Committee met to review PHASE II topics, begin assigning / gain

   volunteers, and prepare to re-take the ONCD survey in the Spring of 2019 (prior to lent).




       The following are the Phase I - ONCD recommendations




Web-Cam Service

Determine costs associated. Build plan for "free" for access and/or "fees" for parishioner held events

Business Directory

Build business plan for both free and fee services

Etiquette Document

Short/Long version to help address key issues during services.




Replaces microphones and speakers within Church/Narthex

Teaching Liturgies

Offer more throughout the year

(frequency -TBD)

Acolyte Program Awareness

Education opportunity to reach all young boys at St. Katherine's

Spiritual Speaker Series

Identify topics and speakers for on-going speaker series

Offer Children Sermons

Provide monthly topics to get delivered before children receive communion