No OCF chapter at your school? No worries. It is easy to start one! The North American OCF office staff are here to help!
Simply follow the guidelines posted below.
Welcome to the Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF) Community!
Getting Started - A Few Suggestions:
Let us know at the North American Office that you are interested in starting a chapter. We will post a notification on our Official OCF Facebook Page. This will alert Orthodox Students on your campus as well as their parents and priests. We have found this to be an extremely effective way of getting the word out for emerging chapters. Email Christina Andresen, Chapter Relations Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org
We will connect you with the regional OCF chaplain in your area to assist you in finding a local OCF chaplain, and connecting you to local Orthodox parishes.
Consider setting up a Facebook group for your potential chapter with local contact information.
Contact your school's Student Activities or Campus Ministry offices to learn more about the procedure for starting an organization and what resourses exist for getting the word out, ie distributing and posting fliers, reserving space for holding an organizational meeting, etc.
When you have determined that there is enough interest to form a local chapter, follow the guidelines below to officially charter your OCF Chapter.
How To Charter A Chapter:
- Download a copy of the Model Constitution (MS Word Format). Modify the constitution for your chapter. Use this to register your chapter as a recognized student organization at your university.
- Download a copy of the Episcopal Endorsement Request Form Letter. Identify a local chaplain (clergy member) and have him send this letter to his hierarch, requesting a blessing to work with OCF.
- Download the Chapter Contact Form (MS Word Format) Select student leaders for your chapter, and fill out the required information on the form.
- Send a SIGNED copy of your constitution, the letter your chaplain received from his hierarch, and the Chapter Contact Form to:
Orthodox Christian Fellowship
Attn: Chapter Relations
50 Goddard Ave.
Brookline, MA 02445
When the North American Office has received all three required documents, we will list your chapter as CHARTERED and ACTIVE on the website. To remain ACTIVE, you must update your contact information annually with the NAO.
For questions or guidance in this process, please email Christina Andresen, Chapter Relations Coordinator at email@example.com