"And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ." (Ephesians 4:11-12)

As Orthodox Christians, we are all ordained to the task of offering ourselves to the mission and purpose of the Church. This is something that we do with God's help with the gifts that he gives us in our own community, and throughout the world.