The Metropolis system which the Charter created has yielded both benefits but also some unintended consequences which did not serve the Church well on a national basis. The Archdiocesan District and eight Metropolises ended up becoming nine independent silos which lacked adequate transparency and accountability and consistency. Individually, each one has focused on its own programs, its own people, its own goals, and its own priorities. Focusing on regional and local needs and ministries is a worthy cause but not to the detriment of integrated ministries and resources for the benefit of our national church. Instead of one unified Archdiocese with nine regions having their uniqueness represented as part of the unified whole, what emerged were eight mini-Archdioceses. There has been limited sharing of successful programs so that the entire Archdiocese can benefit from creative local initiatives and, conversely, there is no mechanism for beneficial initiatives developed by the Archdiocese to reach the local parish level. This has led to a replication of ministries, duplication of services, and an accumulation of duplicative costs resulting in a crushing and ultimately unsustainable financial burden on the parishes and the faithful. Our parishes simply cannot afford this financial burden.
This, coupled with a lack of adequate oversight and a lack of consistent transparency has resulted in very uneven services for the faithful, increased financial burdens on us all and increased risks for parishes, Metropolises, and the Archdiocese.
Our focus must be to meet the needs of our faithful, grow their ranks, expand spiritual engagement and be good stewards of our financial resources. One unified Archdiocese would facilitate the growth that we all desire.
Likewise, the lack of consistency in pastoral care, youth ministry, youth protection, clergy matters, and the administration of our national ministries has left the Church, as a whole, in a weaker position to respond to the manifold spiritual and practical needs of our Greek Orthodox faithful and their parishes. Our obligation as a church is to meet the needs of our faithful, their children and grandchildren now and for the future.
(يونيو 16, 2023)