Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF) Opens Registration for Its 2018 Summer Leadership Institute

Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF) Opens Registration for Its 2018 Summer Leadership Institute

BROOKLINE, MA — With its annual Summer Leadership Institute, Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF)—the official college ministry for all twelve (12) jurisdictions of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops—continues its mission to develop Orthodox leaders to serve their local communities and the Church at large. OCF is pleased to announce that registration is now open for this year’s conference, which will be held from August 15-18, 2018 at St. Iakovos Retreat Center in Kansasville, WI. Details and registration information can be found at www.ocf.net/sli.

Made possible in part by a generous grant from Leadership 100, the Summer Leadership Institute is a four-day training program focused on developing in students the knowledge, skills, and practices of good Orthodox leaders. Students will participate in workshops led by OCF staff and student leaders as well as experts in Orthodox theology, spirituality, and pastoral ministry to help prepare them to be Christ-centered servant leaders.

Parishes and OCF advisors are encouraged to promote this program and to sponsor a student to attend the 2018 Summer Leadership Institute, helping to cultivate a new generation of leaders for local campuses, parishes, and the greater Church. Please email us at studentleadership@ocf.net with questions regarding the Summer Leadership Institute.

OCF encourages you to learn more and to support the ongoing work of this vital ministry by visiting its website or emailing the OCF National Office (info@ocf.net).

OCF Announces Annual First Forty Days Initiative

OCF Announces Annual First Forty Days Initiative

Brookline, MA–As the official campus ministry of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops, Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF) is pleased to announce the launch of its annual First Forty Days campaign – working together with the various Orthodox youth departments to connect students to Christ and His Church during college.

Most students form the relationships and habits that last the entirety of their college career within the first six weeks of their time on campus. Therefore, OCF strives to make sure that every student is connected to an on-campus chapter and local parish within this time period.

With the blessing and encouragement of His Grace Bishop Gregory of Nyssa (ACROD), the episcopal liaison for OCF to the Assembly of Bishops, OCF requests that all parishes participate in the First Forty Days. This initiative ensures that the Church is present during the crucial first forty days of campus life through the ministry of OCF. By submitting student contact information directly to OCF, parents and parishes can be assured that their students will be contacted by local OCF leaders within the first forty days of the academic year.

Parents, parishes, and youth program coordinators can submit student contact information for their graduating high school seniors at www.ocf.net/firstfortydays. All student information submitted by July 15, 2018 will be distributed appropriately in advance of the fall semester.

Please contact OCF at firstfortydays@ocf.net with any questions regarding this important initiative.

2018-2019 Student Leadership Board Applications Are Now Open!

2018-2019 Student Leadership Board Applications Are Now Open!

Applications for the 2018-2019 Student Leadership Board are now open!

Every year, OCF is led by a team of talented students who take on leadership positions in Orthodox campus ministry. The Student Leadership Board works with staff and clergy volunteers to plan and implement the programs of OCF, advise and inspire their peers on campuses, and develop new resources and programs for Orthodox college students. We are looking for applicants for all positions for the 2018-2019 Student Leadership Board.

As part of their training, SLB members will attend OCF’s Summer Leadership Institute free of charge! SLB members will also get priority registration for College Conference and Real Break. Answer the call to serve Jesus Christ, and apply to be part of this incredible team.

Applications are due MARCH 30, 2018.

New Chapter! Colorado College

Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF) #GivingTuesday Campaign Is an Overwhelming Success

BROOKLINE, MA — Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF), the official campus ministry of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops, is pleased to announce the overwhelming success of its recent #GivingTuesday campaign to raise awareness and support for this essential ministry to college students.

More than 150 donors, including almost 40 current students, contributed to OCF’s #GivingTuesday campaign this past November and December. Together, they raised $17,321, which was then matched by an anonymous donor for a total of $34,642. These funds help to support the many regional retreats and district events OCF hosts each semester. This semester, there are already sixteen events scheduled for students across all nine OCF regions. You can see which events are open for registration by visiting www.ocf.net/events.

As part of the #GivingTuesday campaign, OCF also held a contest encouraging students to spread the word about the ministry they love and inspiring others to donate. Three $1,000 scholarships were sponsored by an anonymous donor and awarded to the three students who brought in the most number of donors: Alexandra Benc (James Madison University), Nicole Petrow (Creighton University), and Rhea Sullivan (Pennsylvania State University).

OCF is grateful for all those who supported the 2017 #GivingTuesday campaign. If you would like to make a one-time or recurring contribution to OCF, please visit www.ocf.net/donate. You can learn more about the ongoing work of this vital ministry by visiting www.ocf.net or emailing info@ocf.net.

Featured Opportunity! OCA 19th All-American Council

Featured Opportunity! OCA 19th All-American Council

Registration is now open for those interested in serving as counselors for the Youth Program of the 19th All-American Council (AAC), which will convene in St. Louis, MO, July 23-27, 2018.

The Orthodox Church in America’s All-American Council brings together the clergy and faithful to discuss and reflect on the needs of the church. The AAC also includes a vibrant and dynamic Youth Program which brings together hundreds of young people from across North America for a week of worship, fellowship, educational, and service activities.

Those OCF leaders and members who are interested in serving as counselors can apply online. Early application is encouraged, as the number of counselor slots is limited. The deadline for volunteer registration is January 1, 2018.

Ideal candidates with preferred skill sets for counselors include, but are not limited to:

  • Teaching experience (elementary – high school levels)
  • Junior or senior camp counselor roles
  • Working with youth (ages 5-17)
  • Familiarity with Church music (singing, directing, chanting, or reading)
  • Experience as altar server, sub-deacon or sacristan
  • Experience with the liturgical arts (iconography and music)
  • Video/Photography and relate computer experience
  • Lifeguard certification
  • CPR training
  • Experience as a nurse or nurse practitioner
  • Proficiency in languages other than English

Information about the Youth Program and the application process is available here. All volunteers will complete a three-stage review process before their final selection is confirmed.

Questions? Email aacyouth@oca.org

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New Podcast! OCF All-Stars: Ideas for Your Chapter with Kayla and Mercedes

New Podcast! On the Waves: Engaging the World


“On the Waves” is back with our new Podcast Assistant Student, Nathan Jekel. This year he’ll be spending time with OCF alumni Maria McClatchey and Andrew Abboud discussing topics related to everyday college life. Today, they talk about what it means to be “on the waves” and what it means for our Christian lives. They also give a preview of this year’s topics, and ask for your ideas, too! You can email Nathan at podasststudent@ocf.net with your questions and comments.

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New Chapter! Colorado College

Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF) Announces 2018 Real Break Trip to Albania in Partnership with Orthodox Christian Mission Center (OCMC)

BROOKLINE, MA — Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF), the official collegiate campus ministry program under the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America, is partnering with the Orthodox Christian Mission Center (OCMC), the official missions agency of the Assembly, to offer students an opportunity to serve in Albania on a new Real Break initiative.

Trip participants will partake in a conference for young adults from throughout Albania, hosted and planned by OCMC missionaries and Albanian youth leaders. They will experience the transformation that Christ brings to the lives of young people who are hungry for a relationship with Him through His Church.

The 2018 Real Break trip to Albania will take part in an event that draws college students and young adults together from throughout Albania to engage them and connect them with the Orthodox Church of Albania and its Youth Office. The Team will also offer outreach at the University of Tirana to bring an awareness of Christianity and the programs of the Church in Albania. Members will visit various ministries of the Church and witness the Orthodox Faith as part of the annual evangelistic outreach sponsored by OCMC and the Church in Albania. OCMC long-term missionaries Dn. Stephanos Ritsi and Dkn. Alexandria Ritsi will lead the Team. The goal of the OCMC/OCF Real Break trip is to foster a love for outreach and develop a lifelong thirst for missions among college students.

Registration is now open and space is limited. To secure a spot, an interested participant must register online at www.ocf.net/real-break-2018 with a $200.00 deposit.

OCF transforms the lives of college students in the United States and Canada by guiding them along the path to Jesus Christ through His Church, cultivating a campus community of worship, witness, service, fellowship and education. OCMC’s mission is to make disciples of all nations by bringing people to Christ and His Church so that all people may come to know the saving love of our Lord: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

You can learn more about the ongoing work of these vital ministries by visiting ocf.net or ocmc.org, or emailing info@ocf.net or missions@ocmc.org.