Podcast – Evangelism and Orthodoxy

Addition: Just listened to the entire podcast. I’m giving AOI readers an assignment: listen to this podcast.


Does the Church merely provide religious lubrication for secular pursuits? All too often it does, answers Fr. Andrew Damick in his latest “Road to Emmaeus” podcast. The belief that “evangelism is not something the Orthodox Church does, or should be doing” is the overwhelming opinion of many Orthodox believers who have been “asleep for centuries.” This is compelling stuff, bracing in its frankness, and hopeful in that way that speaking the truth provides hope.

Part 1 of a lecture on evangelism given on March 7, 2010, at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Bethlehem, PA, at a gathering of the Fellowship of Orthodox Christians of the Lehigh Valley.

Fr. Andrew references an evangelistic pamphlet in his talk. Download it here and print.


  1. Thank you for the plug!

  2. Fr. Johannes Jacobse :

    You are welcome. This was a very well-prepared presentation. I especially appreciated the criticisms which I felt were just, measured, and delivered in a tone of appropriate urgency. I am looking forward to Part II.

  3. Christ is risen!

    Thank God for Fr Andrew’s conviction! When I was received into the church in 2002 I was shocked to hear so many Orthodox Christians (including clergy) say that the church does not share the Gospel with others, but “allow te Holy Spirit to lead others to the church”. While I completely agree with this statement, I do believe it is our responsibility to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with others. I pray that our bishops heart’s will be quickened to respond to this clarion call! There is so much we can be doing to bring the Truth to others. I pray that this pamphlet will be translated into numerous languages. I was amazed to hear that 86 % of those who join the church were brought to church by a family mber or friend (only 2% from advertising)! I appreciate Fr Andrew’s encouragement that formation starts with ourselves and that through such formation the believer will be inspired to live a more ascetical life and his schedule will be planned according to the liturgical calendar. I hope that the work of Fr Andrew and that of the priest of blessed memory, Fr Daniel of Moscow will be studied and applied in parishes across the globe, so that we might truely respond to the great commission!

  4. How can we obtain a copy of Fr. Andrew’s evangelistic pamphlet?

  5. Fr. Johannes Jacobse :

    Look at the last paragraph announcing the podcast above. There is a pdf link. Click and print.

    • Thanks, Fr. Hans. I guess it would help if I would actualy read the whole article before I comment! I agree that it was a great lecture (as all of Fr. Andrew’s are) with a message that needs to be heeded by all of us Orthodox Christians in North America.

  6. Fr. Johannes Jacobse :

    Actually, it tells me something is not as clear as it should be. I fixed it.

  7. Pete in Chicago :

    Fr. Johannes,

    Thank you so much for sharing! I have uploaded the PDF file to our church’s UOC website.

  8. Fr. Johannes Jacobse :

    You are welcome.

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