The group of students gathered in a local OCF chapter is the
fundamental unit of OCF life. Ideally the group is facilitated and guided by a
team which includes student leaders, a chaplain, a lay coordinator and a
faculty advisor. All other layers of leadership within OCF are modeled after
the structure of the local chapter.
role of the student leader is to provide inspiration and leadership to fellow
students and guide the direction of OCF as a movement through the active
participation of his/her fellow OCF members. The chapter student leader should
be the main contact for students on that campus and should direct, with the
input of the other chapter members, the decisions made in regards to all
aspects of the group’s activities and life. He/she interacts with the other
members of the leadership team by:
- Seeking the spiritual direction and input of the
chaplain regarding the spiritual life of the chapter.
- Allowing the lay coordinator to be a resource
for the planning and execution of the logistics of chapter events.
- Engaging the faculty advisor with hopes of
expanding awareness of OCF in the larger campus community and seeking
opportunities for Orthodox Christianity to have a voice on campus through
seminars, lectures, and participation in panels.
The role of the local chaplain is to guide the spiritual growth
of the students, provide sacraments, and connect students to parish life, and
he therefore must be a clergyman of a canonical Orthodox jurisdiction with the
endorsement of his hierarch to participate in a particular OCF chapter. He must
work to integrate the college experience into the life in Christ through:
attendance and participation in OCF chapter events (e.g. Bible study,
discussion, meals), as well as district/regional events when possible.
counseling and sacramental confession.
services (when no local parish is available) and prayer.
a home in the local parishes for college students (e.g. involving the students
in established ministries, recognizing new students and new graduates, hosting
OCF events, connecting parishioners/OCF alumni to local students).
role of the lay coordinator is primarily to provide administrative assistance
to the student leader and chaplain. He or she should be the support person,
working to make the chapter’s ideas come to fruition by:
in the administrative side of planning and executing events (e.g.
transportation, housing, meals)
up lines of communication between relevant parties (e.g. parishioners, donors,
speakers) and the student leader.
The lay coordinator might
also be involved in regular meetings, facilitating discussion, providing requested
materials, and/or working as a liaison between the students and the chaplain
(in situations where chaplains are not regularly present). OCF Alumni
The role of the faculty advisor is to connect OCF and its
students to the greater academic community by helping navigate the
organizational institutions and regulations of the specific university and
providing opportunities for OCF to engage the campus community in a meaningful
way through activities such as:
- Events co-sponsored by the OCF and other
student groups and/or academic departments.
- Facilitating presentations on the Orthodox
Faith by local Orthodox clergy and theologically-trained laity to symposia,
conferences, and/or classes, or any other event which allows the OCF to bring
the presence of Orthodoxy into the regular life of the campus community.
- Coordinating the OCF’s efforts to bring an
Orthodox Christian viewpoint to the school’s official bodies such as academic departments,
Chancellor/Presidents’ offices, faculty groups, etc.
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