2012 Detroit Leadership Camp held on July 25, 2012 to July 28, 2012

The Detroit area MGOCSM organized and hosted the twelfth annual MGOCSM of North America Leadership Camp from July 25-28 at the campus of Alma College in Alma, Michigan. A select group of emerging leaders from parishes across the United States and Canada gathered to receive specialized training and inspirational messages in order to serve as future leaders of the Church in their areas.

The theme for this year’s camp was, “Alter Your Perception” and was designed to encourage the participants to shake off their misconceptions and strive to be active leaders in their communities. The main speaker was Fr. Paul Girguis, pastor of St. Mark’s Coptic Orthodox Church in Washington, DC. Along with him, Ms. Ceena Varghese, resource coordinator in the Department of Youth Ministries for the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, and Fr. Christopher Mathew, youth minister for the Chicago area, led workshops on living as faithful leaders. Several priests, deacons, seminarians, and clergy wives served as group leaders to facilitate discussion in small breakout groups. In addition to the speaking sessions and workshops, the camp participants were given the opportunity to see an “interactive wax museum,” which is a dramatized reenactment of the lives and martyrdom of certain saints of the Malankara Church. During the last night of the camp, participants were able to engage in a retreat that offered confession, chanting/meditation, Bible reading, counseling, and singing devotional songs.

The camp also provided the opportunity for delegates representing every parish in both North American dioceses of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church to meet in the annual united general assembly of MGOCSM of North America. The general assembly is the time when the managing council of MGOCSM of North America presents a status report on the projects and finances of the organization to all the delegates.;

MGOCSM of North America provides these annual camps to train and encourage young people to become leaders in their areas. This is a fruitful ministry that has led to many people becoming priests, deacons, and lay leaders who serve Christ through leadership and ministry.

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