Sometimes, we hear of people asking when someone is planning on starting an Orthodox Church in their area. People have moved to areas where there is no existing parish, and naturally they begin to miss the liturgies and events that keep them connected to the Christian life. The Internet has done a great service in allowing people to stay better connected, and there is now a great deal of multimedia available for people to hear sermons, listen to hymns, read spiritual literature, and keep in contact with other Orthodox Christians. However, it cannot replace face-to-face contact and public, corporate liturgical worship.
Perhaps you are someone who is wondering when someone will be starting an Orthodox Church in your town or county? Have you considered that you might be the one called to start the mission? It is not as complicated as you might imagine, although it certainly does take considerable effort (what in life that is worth doing does not, however?) You are not alone, and please contact us if you have any questions about how you might become an Orthodox mission planter. In the meantime, make sure you are doing everything possible to prepare yourself; read the Scriptures daily, pray daily, keep the fasts of the Church, and be the light of Christ to all who know you. That is the best foundation you can lay for Orthodoxy to take root in your home area!