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Saturday, October 25, 2008

Study finds more U.S. Orthodox Christian converts













I have been telling my congregation for about 2 years that we need to learn about and be prepared to deal with the Orthodox Christian Church. I told everyone that the Orthodox church is growing and will continue to do so. Well, today I come across more proof that my warning was correct:


A new study of Orthodox Christians in America has found a larger-than-expected number of converts, mostly from Roman Catholic and evangelical Protestant backgrounds.
The report, released by the Patriarch Athenagoras Orthodox Institute in Berkeley, Calif., surveyed 1,000 members of Greek Orthodox or Orthodox Church in America congregations, which represent about 60% of America's estimated 1.2 million Orthodox Christians.

Although Orthodox churches were historically immigrant communities, the study found that nine out of 10 parishioners are now American-born. Thousands of members had converted to the faith as adults: 29% of Greek Orthodox are converts, as are 51% of the OCA. ...

To read the entire report follow this link:
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