Our Life Together
As a missionary effort, St. Leonard Orthodox Church seeks to engage the lives of the people of the southern coalfields of West Virginia who are not currently living in relationship with Jesus Christ. It would be more accurate to liken our church to a foreign missionary work rather than a traditional western church. We simply are not asking people to come to us at some central building, but are instead inviting all to join us in a committed life of discipleship, growth, and service applied in our daily lives in the streets and neighborhoods where we live. “Life together” at St. Leonard Orthodox Church means that our idea of family and church are shaped by three core values and that we are committed to each other in love, for encouragement and for mutual accountability. These core values are:
A Commitment to live together as FAMILY.
And his mother and his brothers came, and standing outside they sent to him and called him. And a crowd was sitting around him, and they said to him, “Your mother and your brothers are outside, seeking you.” And he answered them, “Who are my mother and my brothers?” And looking about at those who sat around him, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! For whoever does the will of God, he is my brother and sister and mother.” Mark 3:31-35 ESV
We believe that every local church is called to be a reflection of the Family of God. This means that we engage one another as true brothers and sisters genuinely concerned for the other’s spiritual, emotional and physical well being. We support one another with encouragement when we struggle. We see to one another’s needs as we are able. We celebrate birthdays, weddings, childbirths, graduations etc. together.
A Commitment to grow together as DISCIPLES.
A Commitment to serve together as MISSIONARIES.