The Impact of the Pandemic on American Orthodox Christian Parishes
CitationKrindatch, A. (2022, October 31). The Impact of the Pandemic on American Orthodox Christian Parishes.
SummaryThe study 'The 'New Traditional' in a Most Traditional Church: How the Pandemic Has Reshaped American Orthodox Christian Churches' examines both the overall impact of the pandemic and its possible long-term consequences for American Orthodox Christian congregations. The report also discusses 'mysteriously' strong growth in vitality that some congregations (12 percent of all American Orthodox parishes) experienced despite and even because of the pandemic. This study was made possible thanks to a generous grant provided by the Louisville Institute.
Data were gathered January 24 - February 10, 2022 through the national online survey of American Orthodox Christian parish clergy. The following major subjects were addressed in the study and discussed in the report:
• The positives and negatives of switching to an 'online mode' for church services, religious education and other ministries
• Changes in membership, worship attendance, and involvement in religious education. The reasons for growth in some congregations against the backdrop of a general decline
• Church closures and mortality rates among members
• Internal conflicts within parishes and their disagreements with ruling bishops because of pandemic-related decisions
• Changes in congregational vitality. Distinctive features of the 12% of congregations manifesting strong growth in vitality throughout the pandemic
• Greatest achievements of the congregations during the pandemic and their major fears for the future
Several open-ended questions allowed to examine in-depth the unique stories and situations of individual congregations. Discussion of these open-ended questions is included in the report.
Data FileCases: 370
Weight Variable: None
Given relatively small number of respondents and the fact that the sample represented accurately the geography of American Orthodox Christian congregations, no weight variables were used.