The Russian Church Abroad's Mission
The fundamental mission of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia is to bring its faithful to salvation, by preaching the Gospel of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and administering the Holy Mysteries through the action of the grace of the Holy Spirit, Who guides the Holy Orthodox Church, founded by Our Lord Himself, through the ages, unchanged.
In particular, the mission of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia is twofold:
- to preserve the Holy Orthodox faith and traditions as maintained by the historical autocephalous Russian Orthodox Church; and
- to spread the faith established by Our Savior and His apostles to all the lands where Russian Orthodox Christians have migrated.
"The Administration of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia is manifested in the Council [Sobor] of Bishops through the First Hierarch with the Synod of Bishops and the Diocesan bishops. The Council of Bishops, convened approximately every two years, is the supreme authority of the ecclesiastical legislative, administrative, judicial and executive organ for the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia. The Synod of Bishops is the executive organ of the Council. The Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia is divided into dioceses. All dioceses are under the authority of their diocesan bishops. In each diocese there is a diocesan council, and also a diocesan ecclesiastical court. According the the Regulations of the The Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, diocesan council meetings with the participation of the clergy, layment and representatives of monasteries, church brotherhoods, schools and charitable organizations must be convened no less than once every three years."