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Ministry of Fastiv Church

0-02-05-8bf16e7580ae50a83299ba2d1199f58f4290cfe88a31ce945d30889b0a957389_fullOn July 12, 2017, a festive service was held at the local church in Fastiv. After two years of studying in the Church Ministry Institute (CMI), 5 brothers received their certificates of successful completion of the program. It should be noted that all of them all of them are actively involved in the preaching ministry of the church as well as the rehabilitation center ministry.

Brothers, who are administrators from the CMI in Kiev – the coordinator of the online program Alexander Khandus and teacher Stephen Poindexter, came to deliver the certificates. The guests were very warmly received by the believers in Fastiv.

0-02-05-57c1c4ee2f39e65c9e222d7826e5a7d01f889250ffed0f00f71cfd8c530f3bb3_fullBrother Alexander addressed the graduates and the whole church with kind words of inspiration, encouraging them to work hard for the Lord and to not stop in their quest for the knowledge of their God and Savior Jesus Christ. Then came the time of awarding the institute graduates with their certificates and gifts.  The pastor of the church was also presented with a book, as a token of gratitude for facilitating the educational process.

At the conclusion of the service, Brother Stephen shared the word of God with the church, from the Epistle to Titus 2:10, urging every believer to “… highlight the beauty of the gospel in all areas of their lives ”

After the meeting, the brothers and sisters of the church expressed their gratitude to brothers Alexander and Stephen for their participation in the ministry, asking for an opportunity to study at the Institute.

0-02-05-2a70ab7d03837967e8c56e9e2b3ce59db9271d48038131f4f18b1998086d3de5_fullWe are thankful to God for the continued freedom of religion that we enjoy in Ukraine, for all those who are interested in the opportunity to participate in an in depth study of the truths of God’s word, and for the ministry of the Church Ministries Institute.  May God bless our brother-graduates and the entire church of Fastiv for their dedication and diligence in labor for the glory of the name of Jesus Christ!

Dear readers, brothers and sisters, there are “open doors” for studying. If you want to know the Word of God and effectively prepare for ministry in God’s harvest field, the Church Ministry Institute is happy to serve you in this endeavor.

Contact us, we will gladly answer all your questions.

To organize study centers for the CMI in local churches contact us at


A Dream Come True

IMG_20170611_121736Every person has a dream in life. Some dream of making an around-the-world trip, some dream of going on a cruise, and others dream about good health. People are different, and everyone has different dreams and become happy when they are realized.

The dream of the pastor of the Kanev church, Nikolay Petrovich Panchenko, finally came true – the organization of the educational process for all interested brothers and sisters in his local church.

P_20170611_111908Thanks to the Lord, in 2015, on the premises of the local church in the city of Kanev, a Bible school was organized using the program of the Church Ministries Institute. On June 11, 2017, the logical outcome of the efforts and diligence of the students was realized. The two-year training program was completed with a solemn and festive graduation.

Fourteen students, in classical robes and traditional academic headdresses, received diplomas for the successful completion of the program “Certificate of Church Ministry”.

P_20170611_115152Presenting the certificates to the students were Director of the Institute Vladimir Nikolaev, Coordinator of the Online Program Oleksandr Khandus, and a member of the Board of Trustees, Yuri Moroz, presented the certificates to the students.

For faithful ministry in organizing the educational process, Nikolai Petrovich Panchenko, Kaniv school administrator, was presented with a special gift, the “Slavic Biblical Commentary.” His assistant and teacher, Anton Grigorievich Rosoha, was presented with Charles Ryrie’s book “Basic Theology”.P_20170611_114859


During the church meeting, the brothers from Kiev preached and said kind words of inspiration and instruction to the students for their future, practical ministry.

IMG_20170611_103000At the end of the church meeting, at a bountiful meal, joyful conversation continued, during which the graduates asked the administration of the institute all their questions. The brothers and sisters who graduated from the Bible school were invited to continue their studies in Kiev on the Diploma Program of the Church Ministries Institute.

It should be noted that the city of Kanev is famous for its huge museum dedicated to the life and work of the Ukrainian writer and poet Taras Shevchenko. It was this museum that the brothers from Kiev visited after fellowship at the church.

Dear friends and readers! We invite you to get involved in this wonderful process of knowing our Lord Jesus Christ together with the Church Ministries Institute! Perhaps, you also dream about a quality, spiritual education. With the CMI, your dreams can turn into reality.

IMG_20170611_121803May God Bless you

Stay on the Line of Scripture

%d1%82%d0%bd%d1%82In conjunction with Leadership Resources International, the Church Ministries Institute held a seminar on expositional preaching near Kyiv on December 13-14. The speakers had international experience for training pastors in homiletical principles. Ukrainian preachers were able to deepen their understanding of expositional preaching through studying through the book of Jonah. A thorough study of this book of the minor prophets produced many important insights. Fellowship around the fireplace, good food and the warm hospitality of our host church in Obukhov further enhanced the training experience.

%d1%82%d0%b0%d1%80%d0%b0%d1%81%d0%b5%d0%bd%d0%ba%d0%be“For me, the seminar was very informative. I learned the historical context of the book of Jonah, learned about Jonah, and tmost importantly I learned about God and His mercy. The book of Jonah helped me to better understand my responsibility before God and the ministry. ”
Sergey Tarashenko church planter in eastern Ukraine.

%d1%84%d0%be%d0%bc%d0%b8%d0%bd“The book of Jonah is not about a fish, but the story of a merciful God and His arm that is not too short to save”.
Vitaly Fomin, Pastor of a church plant in Krukovshina, outside Kiev.


%d1%84%d0%be%d1%82%d0%be-%d1%8f“We divided the sermon both topically and expositionally. Many preachers, passed a course in homiletics, but continue to preach as they did in the past, usually topically. This training through the book of Jonah – this is not a regular seminar, it is a philosophy of preaching ministry. Expository preaching is based on the biblical text and remains in “line” with the text in its original context, and then applies it for a modern audience. This is not a quick and easy way of preparation, but it’s worth it. The training challenged me to practice expositional preaching of God’s Word”.
Nikolaev Vladimir, pastor, director of CMI. Kiev.

%d1%82%d0%bd%d1%82-2We plan to continue the study of biblical books for expository preaching. We invite all preachers wishing to enhance first of all themselves, and then others through the transforming ministry of expositional preaching. The next training is May 4-6, 2017 near Kiev. Join us as we plan to study 2 Timothy together.

In a Time of Chaos Students Learn to Make Order in Ukraine

Things are Chaotic in Ukraine. The war in Eastern Ukraine has destroyed much of the infastructure as well as many lives! In other parts of the country people are worried and wondering if there will ever be peace.

The new government in Kyiv is already not trusted by many Ukrainians and the economy is on verge of collapse with a currency that continues to drop in value.

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Participants in Extreme Institute 14

“What is the church to do in these chaotic times?”

This was the question we asked our students during this summers’ Extreme Instistitute!

Training and Practice Together


Studying the letter to Titus

The purpose of the Extreme Institute is to provide training for our students in a non-formal way that combines Biblical teaching with practical application. We like to focus on helping our students learn valuable skills in evangelism, missions and church leadership.  While we have often taken our students outside of the country, we thought that with all the tragic events in Ukraine in the past ten months that it would be appropriate to stay with-in the country.


Pulling up tents to move to the next village

Mikhael Suprun (pastor and CMI director of developement) organized a five day teaching/ministry expedition for our students in the Central Ukraine region of Cherkassy. Students met up in the city of Uman, where they were able to visit historic Sofia Park and also to fellowship with a group of Korean missionaries who work in Ukrianian schools.

From Chaos to Order

From Uman they traveld about 20 miles North to the town of Mankivka, where they set up tents in the church yard and spent two nights there. Every morning and evening the students intensely studied the book of Titus. The main theme of the book is found in Titus 1:5 where Paul tells Timothy:

“I left you in Crete so that you might put what remained in order.”

This topic was very appropriate given all that is going on in Ukraine! The students dug in deep with many questions and some great conversations. We disscussed everything from why it’s important to have order in the church to the vital significance of keeping the gospel truth at the core of everything the church does.

From Learning in a Classroom to Living it in Real Life!


Anatoliy sharing the gospel outside a wedding

We planned for several opportunities for our students to practice what they were learning in real life. In the town of Manikova they were able to spend time walking the streets and sharing the gospel. One group of students spent over an hour talking with several members of Ukraine’s Self Defense force. They clearly shared the gospel message with them and left with with Ukrainian New Testaments. Another group came across a wedding party and shared the gospel with them!


Bogdan preaching in the village of Kishintsi

The final three days of Extreme Institute were spent in the village of Kishintsi. Here students studied God’s Word together with local believers. Then on Sunday morning they conducted the worship service, including three sermons, special music and testimonies. The local church members received great encouragement and gladly invited them back any time!

Commited to Serve the Church

One of the most important results from a project like this is the individual commitment of each student to serve faithfully in his own church. As we wrapped up our 5 day teaching and training adventure you could sense that the students had been changed by the teaching and the experience. They were each going back to their local churches better prepared and more motivated than ever to teach, serve, and preach the Gospel!

CMI Main Office Moves to Kyiv

We are happy to announce that the CMI’s main office has moved from Odessa to Kyiv! This move is part of a broader partnership agreement between the Church Ministries Institute and the Kyiv Theological Seminary.

On July 4, a truck filled with furniture, files, computers, equipment, and books made the 500 kilometer trip north from Odessa to Kyiv. Several volunteers helped to unload its contents into our newly renovated office on the first floor of the Kyiv Theological Seminary building.
In addition to operating our main office out of the KTS building in Kyiv, we will be offering second level classes at the KTS campus this year as well. We believe that this move will make it easier for a greater number of students to come to our second level classes, due to KTS’ central location, broader contacts with churches, and beautiful dormitory facilities.

Our new partnership with KTS will also allow the CMI to cut down our costs considerably , and to share the excellent administrative resources available at KTS, including a large library.

We are excited about what this partnership agreement will mean for the future of the CMI. We are already in talks about offering complementary academic programs. KTS is interested in helping with our local church Bible schools, and helping to promote our distance program. KTS will also provide a wide range of quality bachelor and master programs for our students who would like to seek advanced training after their graduation from our first and second levels. We are also in the initial stages of planning a new program designed specifically for youth leaders.

What will happen to our old office in Odessa? While a small part of the facility will still be used for our CMI distance program, we are excited to be renting the rest of the facility out to a Christian organization for the next two years. They plan to use it for an evangelistic children’s center and a new Baptist church plant.

We appreciate your prayers for Rick Ferrari, interim CMI director, as he leads us through this transition, along with Vladimir Nikolaev (CMI vice president and academic dean) and the rest of our administrative team. Rick has relocated his family to Kyiv, and is eager to see you in Kyiv!

Ukraine’s Crisis Brings Unique Opportunities to Share the Gospel

We continue to see reports of Ukrainians on edge, as the military prepares for war with Russian invaders. How should we respond to the Ukrainian crisis?

Anatoliy Cherepinskiy, a Ukrainian church planter and Church Ministries Institute alumni, describes how he and his team are finding creative ways to use this crisis to share the Gospel, and to build bridges with the residents of a village where they are planting a church in Southern Ukraine.

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Here is a recent not from Anatoliy describing the unique opportunity he has taken advantage of to share the Gospel in the midst of this crisis.

“I would like to share with you how we again have clearly seen the hand of God. In the village of Limaniy, we visited the husband of our sister (in Christ), and he sincerely repented. On April 1st we buried him. People from the village listened to the sermons and our singing. There was no alcohol on the table, and people responded very well to us. Praise God!

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Ukrainian military units were stationed seven kilometers from the village. We brought them milk and groceries, and learned that they were in need of showers. Throughout the week we brought them with us to our church building in groups of 8-12, where they warmed up in our sauna. Along the way, we got acquainted, shared the Gospel with them, and handed them Gospels. We socialized with them in the church building, fed them, and prayed with them. We also drove them to the regional center, where they purchased stove pipes and other items.

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In all, about 90 soldiers and officers heard the Gospel in detail, and saw our ministry to them in practice. They were so very thankful. In the village, we often heard good reports about our church. People also remembered how we cared for the electricians who lived with us in the church building after the ice storm, and other occasions.

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We rejoice that the Lord is using us in sowing the Word of God, with the help of your support and prayers for us. Glory to Our Great God!”

Thank You for Your Support in 2013

Dear friends we want to thank you for your support and prayers for the Church Ministries Institute in 2013! This year we trained about 250 students in 15 churches and three languages. We also conducted over a dozen seminars on evangelism and discipleship in 3 different countries.

As we look towards 2014 we are excited to start the year off with a course on Church planting that will be taught by Vladimir Nickolaev in January at our center in Odessa.

We are also looking forward to getting our new distance education up and running in 2014. Please be in prayer for Misha Nunyayev as he heads up our new distances education program. This will give many church leaders who are unable to get to a school access to solid theological training.

Finally in 2014 we are planning two missions trips for our students. One trip will be to Western Ukraine’s Carpathian mountains and the other trip will be up to Perm, Russia where a group of churches has asked us to help them set up a “missions school”.

Before 2013 comes to a close please consider giving a year end donation to help us train church leaders in Ukraine. These gifts make a big difference as we plan for the 2014.

You can find instructions for year end giving here. 

Here’s what’s been happening at the CMI


This Fall we held our CMI annual conference in Kiev, Ukraine. We gathered our Bible school directors, administrators and teachers together for 3 days. Each Bible school director gave a report on their schools and we also heard from several pastors from Canada also joined us for this time.


Right after our annual conference we hosted an accreditation team at our center in Odessa. They approved us for candidate status for accreditation. This is a great step in the right direction as we seek to have our 2nd level program fully accredited!