Help SVOTS student strengthen ministries to the poor and suffering

23 May 2018 • Yonkers, NY

A Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) student is determined to help strengthen the commitment of Orthodox Christians to compassionate ministry to the poor and suffering, and is looking for input to complete his research.

Priest Theophan Whitfield, who graduated from St. Vladimir’s Seminary with a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree in 2010, is part of the D.Min. Cohort of 2017. He is beginning the field work portion of his D.Min. project, called, The Servant Parish Project.

“My D.Min. project has picked up a great deal of momentum since I watched the first of my brothers in the Cohort receive their degrees in January,” said Fr. Theophan. “They inspired me a great deal to work with greater focus on a project that I care deeply about.”

The heart of the work is a survey related to the focus of the study.

  • Help Fr. Theophan’s research by taking the survey here.

“Father Alexander Schmemann provides the inspiration for this project,” he stated. “In 1965, Father Alexander wrote about the need to replace the false ideal of ‘serving the parish’ with the concept of ‘the parish as servant.’”

Research results and analyses from The Servant Parish Project will be published on Fr. Theophan’s project page in draft form as they become available.