Relax! It is a joyful and well trodden path, with many souls who have made this journey before you, and many more to come after you. Therefore, let’s start with the basics:
Step One: Conversion to Christ-To start with, one has to believe, accept, and be seeking Christ.
Step Two: Repentance-Like the Prodigal, one must rise-up and return to the Father. Those who have made this journey are sincerely seeking and desiring salvation.
Step Three: Find an Orthodox Church and then “Come and See”. Your situation is not unique. You may be making this journey of faith alone. You may be coming with family or with friends. You may be a pastor leading your flock to the Safe Haven. Whatever your situation is, you can be assured that many have come that way before you.
Step Four: The Catechumenate-When one desires to become a member of the Body of Christ, a period of instruction is necessary. One then must commit to being instructed and prepared for entry into the Church.
Step Five: Entry into the Church-Your entrance into the Church will culminate with the service of Baptism and/or Chrismation, and receiving the Holy Eucharist.
Fr. Jerry is happy to answer any questions you might have. If you have a question or want more information you may call the Church (541.683.3519) or email Fr. Jerry.