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Thriving Congregations Initiative's Latest Partnership with Effective Christian Ministry 

Dear Fathers and Friends,

A blessed Triodion—Pre-Lenten Period—to you and your parish family!

On behalf of our Metropolitan and our entire TCI Leadership Team, we are happy to announce again to you that our Metropolis of Boston's Thriving Congregations Initiative (TCI) is partnering with Effective Christian Ministry (ECM) to elevate and transform the youth ministries of the parishes of the Metropolis.


Our Metropolis is covering the FULL cost of the program for any parish that:

  1. Has at least 5 (recommend 10) ministry leaders and parishioners COMPLETE the self-paced Level 1 course in 2024.  (Less than 10 hours of time)

  2. AND participates in a Metropolis-hosted event to discuss shared learning and implementation.

In addition to having the cost of the program covered, parishes that complete the steps above will ALSO be eligible to submit proposals for additional microgrant funding toward youth ministry projects in their parishes.

You are now able to sign up and let us know that you wish to participate!

For more information, see the flyer and brochure below. To indicate interest, please email the TCI Leadership Team at:

You may also use the attached flyers for printing and sharing!

God bless you and your parish as we strive to transform our parishes into Thriving Congregations!!!

With love in the Lord,

Father Ted 

and the TCI Leadership Team

Flyer - TCI & ECM Partnership
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Brochure - TCI & ECM Partnership.pdf
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Effective Christian Ministry (ECM) combines the timeless wisdom of the Church with current research on faith formation to equip people to identify the 5 needs in the lives of young people, address the 5 challenges they face today, and implement the 5 practices that help to form faithful Orthodox Christians. ECM provides multiple levels of training for anyone who wants to lead young people to Christ – including ministry leaders, parents, clergy, youth workers, and teachers.

ECM is a ministry of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese’s Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries (Y2AM).


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