SCOBA Agency Communication Heads Meet To Strengthen Cooperation

Monday, May 21, 2007



Press Release
May 18, 2007
For more information contact:
Chuck Powell, Development Director

Ft. Lauderdale (May 2) – Communications representatives of several agencies of the Standing Conference of Canonical Bishops in the Americas (SCOBA) met recently in Ft. Lauderdale to discuss ways to communicate more effectively concerning the various ministries of SCOBA.

Representatives of International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC), The Orthodox Christian Missions Center (OCMC), Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF), Orthodox Christian Network (OCN), and The SCOBA Commission on Technology met at the headquarters of OCN at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Ft. Lauderdale for an initial meeting to meet each other and to discuss the various communications challenges each agency faces.

The meeting was chaired by Fr. Christopher Metropulos, executive director of OCN.

Some of the topics discussed were how our agencies can cooperate more closely in supporting the work of our sister agencies and what each agency has found to be effective ways to share with our Orthodox faithful the ministry of that particular agency. We also discussed opportunities for cooperation in our communications efforts throughout the year.

In light of the recent tragedy at Virginia Tech and how several SCOBA agencies, working together, helped provide a powerful Orthodox Christian witness during this difficult time. This meeting was meant to lay the ground work for clear lines of communications and techniques that will allow our SCOBA agencies to collaborate more closely in the future in communicating our unique messages to as wide an audience as possible..

One of SCOBA’s intended goals is to provide a unified witness of our Orthodox faith to the communities we serve. It is evident from this initial meeting of SCOBA communication heads that we can accomplish so much more working together than we can apart.

For more information about SCOBA and its agencies, visit

Orthodox Christian Network (OCN), is the official media agency of SCOBA, the Standing Conference of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas, and develops effective ways to use modern media to raise awareness of our Orthodox faith in the minds of the general population and to be an “assistant” to local parish priests in keeping our faithful attached to the Church between worship services. OCN produces the nationally syndicated radio program Come Receive The Light and the 24 hour internet based radio ministries of The Ark and The Rudder. For more information, go to

International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) is the official humanitarian aid agency of the Standing Conference of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas (SCOBA). Founded in 1992, IOCC has delivered more than $250 million in development, self-help, and emergency aid programs in 33 countries around the world.

Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF) is the official campus ministry program of the Standing Conference of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas (SCOBA). OCF works to nurture and strengthen love for Jesus Christ and His Church in its fullness at this most critical juncture of human life. OCF supports 240 local chapters throughout North America and involves hundreds of college students through its programming, including the College Conference and Real Break. Additional information on all the OCF programs can be found on the OCF website,, or by calling toll-free, 800-919-1623.

The Orthodox Christian Mission Center (OCMC) is the official international mission agency of the Standing Conference of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas (SCOBA). Its purpose is to encourage, support and facilitate the establishment and development of self-supporting, Eucharistic Orthodox Christian communities worldwide, thus incorporating the person into the fullness of a life in Christ. Visit for more information regarding OCMC’s ministries.


Charles Powell
Director of Development- Orthodox Christian Network
Come Receive The Light