“It is the bishop’s duty to tend to the flock God entrusted him with. He is equally obliged to tend to the shepherds who in his name serve this flock.
Therefore, we have a duty to actively stand by our pastors and associates. To offer them support in their hard work with opportunities for ongoing training and development. To ensure that they can enrich what they have learned theoretically in their studies by making use of the experience of other clergy or seculars who have specialized in specific areas of ministry. We also have to offer support to our clergymen, our secular employees and associates, as well as our future and ‘veteran’ clergymen.
The main task of the Institute is to tend to the pastors and workers of the Church. A great number of clergy and seculars willingly expressed the desire to serve their brothers in the name of their Bishop in an organized manner corresponding to the demands of modern day reality.”
The Archbishop of Athens and All Greece Hieronymus II.
Legal Framework in Which the Pastoral Training Institute of the Holy Archdiocese of Athens Operates.
The “Pastoral Training Institute” (ΙΔΡΥΜΑ ΠΟΙΜΑΤΙΚΗΣ ΕΠΙΜΟΡΦΩΣΗΣ) or “PTI” is an ecclesiastical training and research institute of the Holy Archdiocese of Athens. It was founded following Decision No. 1631/896/28-5-2009 of the Standing Holy Synod of the Church of Greece (Government Gazette B 1011), and became an Autonomous Ecclesiastical, Private Law Legal Entity by Decision No. 22/Διεκπ.128/14-1-2015 of the Permanent Holy Synod of the Church of Greece (Government Gazette B 269).
The institutional framework of the Pastoral Training Institute was established by Law No. 4415/2016 Article 64 (Government Gazette A159) according to which:
- Lifelong learning, continuing education, and pastoral training of clergy, Church employees, and other associates and institutions as prescribed by Law No. 590/1977 Article 1 par. 4 (A 146) are provided by PTI. In order to achieve this objective PTI enters into collaboration agreements with other legal entities under Law No 590/1977 Article 1 par. 4 (A 146) in which the programs, the trainers, and any other relevant details are further specified.
- PTI is a service provider for lifelong learning. (Law No 3879/2010 Article 3 par. 6 (A 163) as amended and in force). It provides non formal education services and training as a Lifelong Learning Centre Level 2. (Law No 3879/2010 Article 10 par. 3 (A 163) as amended and in case 2 of subsection Θ3 of Article 1 par. Θ Law No 3879/2010 (A 222) as amended and in force).
- PTI is a Certified Training Structure providing Certified Training Programs. (as in cases δ’ and ε’ in Law No 57/2007 Article 1 par. 7 (A 59)). The above training provided to Clerics, church employees, and other staff of the institutions (referred to in Law No 590/1977 Article 1 par. 4 (A 146)) is allocated points as a criterion for the selection of heads of units (as in cases such as ζζ’ in Law No 3528/2007Article 85 par. 3 (A 26) as amended by Law No 4369/2016 Article 29 (A 33) and is in force).
- The programs of PTI can be financed by resources of the Church or by collaborating institutions, charitable organizations, and/or private donations, as well as national resources, European programs and co-financed programs of the EU.
- For the fulfillment of its objectives PTI can contract agreements with Higher Educational Institutions in Greece and abroad, ecclesiastical organizations, and any institutions referred to in Law No 590/1977 Article 1 par. 4 (A 146). Institutional cooperation can also be contracted between PTI and Holy Metropolises of the Church of Greece, other ecclesiastical organizations/institutions based in Greece or abroad, as well as organizations and institutions of other religious doctrines.
The Holy Synod of the Church of Greece has also issued a Curriculum (Reference No 2259/12-06-2013) by which all Holy Metropolises within Greece can, if they so desire, use the services of PTI by petition and contraction for Collaboration Agreements.
Current Cooperative Achievements of the Pastoral Training Institute of the Holy Archdiocese of Athens
To date, PTI has signed 48 collaborative agreements with the Holy Metropolises of The Church of Greece. Following the directive of the Holy and Sacred Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate and the Holy Eparchial Synod of the Church of Crete, it has signed a collaboration agreement with the Orthodox Academy or Crete to facilitate educational programs carried out in the 15 Metropolises of Crete, the Dodecanese and the Patriarchal Exarchate of Patmos. Furthermore, agreements of collaboration have been signed with the University of Neapolis (Paphos, Cyprus) the Church of Greece’s Missionary Institiute, APOSTOLIKI DIAKONIA, and other institutions within the Holy Archdiocese of Athens such as the Library, The Insitute for Youth and Family, the Ecclesiastical Institute of Byzantine and Traditional Music and the Federation of Greek Church Chanters.
Objectives of the Pastoral Training Institute of the Holy Archdiocese of Athens
The Institution’s activities aim to:
- pastorally, theologically and practically train of candidates for ordination and clergy, the general education of clergy and their continuous updating on social, cultural, technological, religious, and spiritual developments
- promote the study, and support of Orthodox Tradition and the Hellenic-Christian spiritual and cultural wealth
- organize training seminars, practical workshops, as well as research programs pertaining to pastoral, religious, cultural and socio-political issues,
- provide academic supervision and support to employees and various pastoral and administrative stakeholders
- prepare, supervise , and support specific studies relevant to all the aforementioned areas of activities
Administrative structure or PTI
Permanent Members of the Board of Directors:
President: The Archbishop of Athens and All Greece, Hieronymus II
Deputy President: The Metropolitan of Ilion, Achernes and Petroupolis, Athinagoras (also Legal Representative of PTI)
Member: The Metropoplitan of Nea Ionia and Philadelphia, Gabriel
Treasure: The Bishop of Thespies, Symeon, Vicar- General of the Holy Archdiocese of Athens
Secretary: Dr. Grigorios Lakiotis, Director of NHS Surgery
Deputy members of the Board of Directors:
The Metropolitan of Thermopylae, Ioannis
The Bishop of Thavmakou, Iakovos
Director: The Very Reverend Adamantios Avgoustidis, Professor at the Theological School of the University of Athens, psychiatrist and Vicar General of HAA
Deputy Director: Archim. Theologos Alexandrakis, Dean of St. Antonios Church of Ano Patissia, Athens
Scientific Advisors: Mr. Konstantinos Kaltsas, secondary school counselor, MA in Applied Statistics for Teachers and Business Executives and Organizations as well as in Public Administration – Educational Administration
Archim. Theologos Alexandrakis, member of the academic staff of the post-graduate program of Theology at the University of Neapolis, Paphos, Doctoral candidate at the University of Athens, LL-M
PTI Benchmark Achievements 2010-2017
- 8,225 beneficiaries were trained in 39 training programs.
- 4,375 attended certified training programs
- 3,880 attended non-certified training programs, seminars and workshops
- 227 training courses were implemented throughout the Church of Greece
- 103 were certified training programs
- 124 were non-certified training programs
- Collaboration agreements for these training programs have been signed with 48 Metropolises of the Church of Greece and by mandate of The Holy Sacred Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate and the Holy Synod of the Church of Crete a collaboration agreement has been signed with the Orthodox Academy of Crete to promote and support programs within the 15 Metropolises of Crete, the Dodecanese and the islands of the Patriarchal Exarchate of Patmos
- For completion of the aforementioned programs
- 5,458 dedicated training hours were offered
- 2,779 of which were for certified training programs
- 2,679 of which were for non-certified training programs
- 5,458 dedicated training hours were offered
“Developing Skills for Human Resources in Welfare Services: An Emphasis on the Structures of the Church”
The Pastoral Training Institute is to implement for the period 2017-2020 the following Mandate entitled: “Developing Skills for Human Resources in Welfare Services: An Emphasis on the Structures of the Church,” MIS no. 5004190 of the Operational Program “Human Resources Development, Education and Lifelong Learning.” The objective of the mandate is to train clergy, secular employees, associates and volunteers of the Church (approx. 7,200 entries in 10 different thematic units), located within the geographical boundaries of the Hellenic Republic (Greece). The aim is to support services provided pertaining to Social Wellbeing programs as well as other ecclesiastical structures in order to improve and strengthen their professional and social skills so as to more effectively deal with the challenges in modern social, cultural, political, technological, religious, and spiritual developments.
The Mandate provides for 240 courses to be distributed throughout the Holy Metropolises of the Church of Greece, the Archdiocese of Crete and its Holy Metropolises, the Holy Metropolises of Dodecanese and the Patriarchal Exarchate of Patmos, as well as other institutions which provide equivalent services. The educational process will be based on the basic principles of adult education, active and participatory learning. The main objectives of the thematic units include enhanced educational training of the clergy and secular employees of the Church, the support of the flock and the structures which the Church affects (parishes, hospitals, prisons etc.), as well as the modernization of the educational work of PTI.
Expected benefits of the Action:
- Strengthening professional skills through training programs of the clergy, secular employees, associates, and volunteers, at first in the Holy Metropolises of the Church of Greece, the Archdiocese of Crete and its Holy Metropolises, the Holy Metropolises of Dodecanese and the Patriarchal Exarchate of Patmos, as well as other institutions which provide equivalent services, to support the service provided to socio-welfare and other ecclesiastical structures.
- Enhancing skill sets of the clergy and secular employees of the Church
- Supporting members of the Church and the structures which the Church affects (parishes, hospitals, prisons etc.).
The educational process as a whole will be guided by the basic principles of adult education and will be realized through the techniques of active participatory learning.
Certificate of Training
All participants in the Educational Programs after successful completion of the program will receive a Training Certificate. Participants who are public servants will receive a Certificate of Certified Training and will be eligible to receive merit points on the Civil Servant Status Scheme.
Information on the content and participation requirements of the programs are available on the IPE website www.ipe.gr and the office of PTI, 19-21 Agias Filotheis, 10556 Athens, tel. +30 210 3352364.