Strategic Planning

The Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago and her parishes face a number of challenges, both internal and external. Only by reaching clarity and consensus to address these unique challenges as a unified body can we more fully live our faith and give meaning to Christ’s Great Commission to “make disciples of all nations.”

Strategic planning is a proven process for doing this holy work. It finds its roots in the Holy Gospel and it follows the exact process our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ developed for his Apostles, as well as current best practices. Several milestones have been achieved, including the development and adoption of mission, vision and values statements. Moreover, a great many volunteers have been recruited to implement change so that the Metropolis’ parishes grow and remain vital in the lives of the faithful.

The faithful of the Metropolis are encouraged to volunteer their time and talent and join one of 16 Strategic Task Force Teams:

  • 1.1 Clergy Wellness

    Co-Captains: Mary Zaharis and Fr. Rick Andrews

  • 1.2 Clergy Development

    Co-Captains: Paul Karos and Tom Kanelos

  • 2.1 Metropolis Communications Plan

    Co-Captains: Dcn. John Suhayad and Ali Gerakaris

  • 2.2 Metropolis Technology Plan

    Co-Captains: Louis Karagiannes and Stacy Marakis

  • 3.1 Youth Religious Education

    Co-Captains: Kathy Michalarias and Alexandra Smirniotis

  • 3.2 Adult Religious Education

    Co-Captains: Fr. Symeon Johnson and Taso Tsiganos

  • 4.1 Parish Council, Ministry and Youth Leadership Program

    Co-Captains: Demetri Fardelos and Harry Fournier

  • 5.1 Family Ministries

    Captain: Vanessa Clohessy

  • 5.2 Seniors Ministries

    Captain: Chrystalla Daly

  • 6.1 Best Practices Metropolis Operation Plan

    Co-Captains: Melpo Murdakes and Perry Giannopoulos

  • 6.2 Ministry Accountability, Performance & Improvement

    Captain: Eleni Lanzourakis

  • 7.1 Comprehensive Parish Stewardship Ministries Program

    Co-Captains: Perry Siatis and Demitris Katsamberis

  • 8.1 Welcome Ministries

    Co-Captains: Eleni Lanzourakis, Greg Gerontes, and Angela Mejdrich

  • 8.2 Outreach & Evangelism Ministries

    Co-Captains: Tom Kanelos and Fr. George Pyle

  • 9.1 Enhanced Worship & Parish Engagement & Accessibility

    Captain: Alexandra Noon

  • 10.1 Comprehensive Youth & Emerging Adults Ministries

    Captain: Angie Bithos