Leader 100 has supported the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese Center for Family Care with $866,660 in grants for a variety of ministries through 2014. The Center for Family Care is part of the Department of Marriage and Family which has received $581,330 in grants, bringing the total to $1,447, 990. A recent grant underwrote the launching earlier this year of a monthly webinar series of online workshops for families and parish ministry workers.
Participants register and 'attend' these educational sessions live—asking questions online as they watch the presentation - at no cost, as a result of the grant support. The webinars are also archived and can be viewed and listened to shortly after airing live.
Through this compelling and interactive format, specialists have spoken on topics such as internet safety, family ministry fundamentals, how to observe Holy Week as a family, "Freedom and Discipline in Early Childhood" and "Understanding the Inner Life of Boys."
The following webinars are scheduled for the fall: "Building Resilience in Children" with Georgette Constantinou (PhD), "Mental Health 101" with George Stavros (PhD), and "Pop Culture and Social Media" with Eva Kokinos. In addition, the Center will offer a six-week training for facilitators of the Journey of Marriage premarital preparation program, also a recipient of a Leadership 100 grant, with Philip Mamalakis (PhD), and a three-week supplemental program on the pastoral challenges of premarital preparation.
Future classes are planned for a six-week parenting course on discipline for children. The webinar outlet has allowed the Center to offer these educational opportunities to the faithful throughout the country and internationally, with registrants as far away as Greece and Abu Dhabi.
Registration for each event has ranged from 50-200 per workshop. Significantly more people have viewed and listened to archived presentations at www.family.goarch.org, available to all interested parties.