As Fr. Alexander Schmemann wrote, “To recover the missionary dimension of the church is today’s greatest imperative.” With the help of priests, bishops and active lay members of the Byzantine Orthodox Church has collected resources to help in parish and mission building. Parish councils are supposed to be made up of dedicated Orthodox Christians willing to serve the Church and her people in leadership roles. This service should be in harmony with the pastor and other council members, as well as with the leadership of the diocese and the Metropolitan. Christian leadership as described and modeled by Christ is always through service and love. Our Lord girded Himself and washed the feet of the disciples. People who serve are not paid for their service, and offer themselves generously, bringing invaluable business, military, civil service and professional know-how.