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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 Students Help Plant a Church in Russia

Theory without practice doesn’t do anyone good, that’s why it’s important to get out of the classroom and apply our knowledge to real life situations.

This is exactly what a group of our CMI students did last month as they crossed the border from Ukraine into Russia to help plant a church in a different country and a different culture.

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Our team next to the sign before entering the town of Vereshagino

Transformation church near the city of Perm invited our students to come and help them do outreach in the town of Vereshagino, which is located about 100 miles outside of Perm, Russia.

Our CMI team met up in Kharkov and then crossed the Russian border by car. Everyone was thankful for God’s protection as we traveled over 30 hours one way covering more than 2,200 km!

It's 11pm and we finally made it!

It’s 11pm and we finally made it!

We were all glad when we finally rolled into the church around 11pm on Saturday evening. Our Russian brothers in Christ greeted us with some delicious Russian pelmeni!   We knew that the next week would be full of ministry and new experiences as we anticipated what God was about to do.

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Our students ministered in two churches on the outskirts of Perm on Sunday morning, then Sunday evening we drove 100 miles out to the town of Vereshagino. We set up camp near a small lake about 15 mins from town.

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Each morning for two hours we went through part of the Good Soil seminar which focuses on training believers to better communicate the Gospel to unbelievers.  In the afternoons we headed in to town where we put to practice what we had learned that morning by talking with the locals and sharing Christ’s love with them.

We also conducted games for the kids.

Transformation Church from Perm led games in the park for kids with a Bible story afterwards. Russia law does not allow for religious teaching of children 14 and under without the written permission of their parents. Thus we had to turn away the younger children who didn’t have their parents with them.

We decided to volunteer and do some work in the park

We wanted to do something to show the town God’s love for them, so in addition to personally talking with many people and sharing the gospel our students got busy and helped clean up the local park. This proved to be a great way to strengthen our testimony and gain the respect of the people.

Please pray for the town of Vereshagino! We just received word from one of the pastors of the church in Perm. He said they are traveling weekly to Vereshagino where they now have 13 new contacts as a result of the work our students did last month.

Pray also for our students who were on this trip. Several of them are thinking about missions. Pray that God would raise up a few missionaries from young men and women in Ukraine who can serve in places like Vereshagino!

Check out a few more pictures on our Facebook page!

John Taylor speaking at the opening of a new Bible School at Hope for People.

2 New Bible Schools in 1 Week!

This week in Odessa we have two new Bible schools starting. This past Tuesday the first Bible school started at Hope for People Church. We were surprised to have or over 20 students show up for the first course. Pray for Kirill who is the new director for this Bible school and for the 20 plus students who have already started the course Old Testament Survey.

John Taylor speaking at the opening of a new Bible School at Hope for People.

John Taylor speaking at the opening of a new Bible School at Hope for People.

Tomorrow another Bible school will start at Holy Trinity church, also in Odessa. We appreciate your prayers for Pastor Sergey who will be the director of this school. It’s exciting to have these new schools start but it’s also a lot of work and they need your prayers.

Here is how you can pray:

1. Pray that the teachers would be well prepared and would accurately teach God’s Word.
2. Pray that the students would have hearts ready to learn.
3. Pray for endurance for each student to make it to the end of the course.

Check out the CMI Facebook page for a few more photos.

Regional Director in Central Ukraine

We want to introduce you to one of our regional directors. Mikhael Suprun oversees several CMI schools in Central Ukraine.  Please pray for Mikhael and the our schools in Boguslav, Lisenka and Stavishye!

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“My name is Mikhael Suprun and I serve as a pastor in the Cherkassy region, I also am one of the regional directors for the Church Ministries Institute in Cherkassy and Kiev regions.

Currently we have 3 schools and we are planning on a 4th school. They are in the towns of Lisenka, Boguslav and Stavishye and we are planning to open another school in the Kiev area.

The unique thing about our school in Lisenka is that most of the students are 50 or older, they are mature teachers and church members. In Boguslav we mainly have youth 20-25 years old. It’s young church. In Stavishye the school is made up of ministers, preachers, small group leaders and pastors.

In Lisenka and Boguslav we have 16 students each and in Stavishye there are 12 students.

We have a vision to revive older churches that are 100, 120, 150 years old so that they can once again serve God and bring people to Christ and also plant new churches in our region.”

You could help Mikhael minister to churches in central Ukraine. Currently he needs $100 of monthly committed support.

Learn how you can help.