On Thursday, November 13, 2014, Fr. John Parker gave a lecture on Mission-Mindedness at St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary. Fr. John's lunch-time presentation focused on the changing demographics of the Orthodox Church in America and the need for clergy to adapt their pastoral approaches to fit new situations. He urged the students to evangelize fearlessly and to "view the world as your parish, rather than your parish as your world." He expressed the need to "preach Christ, not Orthodoxy" in the modern age where Orthodox churches are less full each year.
The St. Tikhon's community wishes to thank Fr. John for his inspired and edifying presentation.