“How do we keep our young people in the Church?”
This question has been asked by a countless number of concerned priests, pastors, parents, and youth workers. You probably have even asked it yourself. After all, it is no secret that Christian churches have been hemorrhaging young people in recent years. The Orthodox Church is no different.
We’ve noticed it. No doubt you’ve noticed it. And your bishops definitely noticed it.
That’s why they deemed 2021 the “Year of the Youth,” in order to focus on this issue. The capstone achievement of that year, was the unanimous approval of the creation of OYM, an Assembly agency that will cast a vision to unite and deepen ministry efforts across jurisdictions and across the United States.