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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

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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.

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.

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Spiritual Formation in Kharkov

This past weekend about 30 students gathered at on of the CMI’s regional centers in Kharkov, Ukraine to take part in the course “Spiritual Formations”.  Most of these students are members at Gospel Life Church in Kharkov and a few came from other churches.

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Please pray that God would use what was taught in the life of these student to strengthen churches in and around the Kharkov area!

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Graduation in Nickolaev

This month 7 students graduated from CMI’s school in the city of Nickolaev.  This is one of about 20 CMI schools in Ukraine and Moldova.  Please pray for theses students as they continue in ministry in their local churches.  Pray also for Igor Zhurba who is the regional director for our Nickolaev schools.

CMI graduates in Nickolaev, Ukraine