'You shall be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria and to the end of the earth.' (Acts 1:8)
The Biblical understanding of mission (Αποστολή) means to go out, leave ones environment, and share the Apostolic faith. Thus, even in todays context, we should distinguish between the ongoing pastoral ministry taking place within our parishes, and the Apostolic mission we are also simultaneously called to carry out. Atheistic, secular influences prevail in societies today, and so our witness (Μαρτυρία) should be an important part of the Church' work.
This ministry, stemming from the Eucharistic and prayerful life of the Church, is a ministry all the faithful can carry out: in their workplace, university, neighbourhood and circle of friends, as an example and testimony of life in Christ. It is our responsibility as Orthodox Christians, being called to 'go forth in peace' from the Liturgy, to share with those around us, offering the Risen Christ's uniting, light-giving presence and joy, especially needed in a broken world and epoch.
Every human being desires the Truth, and the eternal salvation offered by Christ to all. With respect and sincerity, we are thus called to offer this authentic, full and experiential life in Christ to those in our personal context: with unconditional charity, understanding, and vitally love.