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ТНТ 8-10.11.17.

Return in to expository preaching

IMG_20171111_094319_1Relational training, immersion in the Biblical text, immediate application of the training, and development of skills for the multiplication of effective ministry are just a few phrases that describe the TNT training (Training National Trainers) the Church Ministries Institute had the opportunity to host from the 9th to the 11th of November.  Eighteen people gathered for a two-and-a-half-day workshop where we were immersed in the study and exposition of the first 12 chapters of Genesis.

IMG_20171110_083739Pastors and local church leaders arrived in the town of Voronkov, near Kyiv, on Thursday November 9th to continue their expositional preaching training.  These men have committed to a series of trainings where each session focuses on the exposition of a different book of the Bible.  The training is not just an opportunity to study through a book but a platform to equip and inspire local pastors to embrace and practice expositional study and preaching principles in their ministries.  During the training, there is a time of demonstration, exhortation, explanation, and presentation.  Each participant in the training is given an opportunity to practice the principles being taught in a small group setting as well as practice what they are learning by delivering a brief sermon to the group, which they prepare before and during the training, using the main principles of the training.  This is a great tool that helps local pastors demonstrate their level of understanding and encourage the immediate and long-term application of the Bible study and preaching principles.

IMG_20171111_094226The Church Ministries Institute has committed a minimum of four years to the development of an expository preaching training ministry focused specifically on local church pastors and leaders who have the desire to more effectively minister to their flocks by more intentionally expounding and explaining the Scriptures in their local churches.  For many years many have practiced a more topically focused style of study and preaching, choosing a theme and then searching the Scriptures for texts which support those themes.  Our hope is that our commitment to expositional preaching will encourage and inspire local church pastors to first look to the Scriptures and allow theme of the sermon to flow directly from the text through the sermon into the hearts and lives of those listening, resulting in life change for God’s glory.  One of our goals is to encourage local church growth.  One way we can do this is by helping the local churches in Ukraine to minister as effectively as possible by encouraging them with quality training and ministry tools for God’s glory and for the building up of His church.

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Church Ministries institute, understanding its mission – helping local churches, initialize seminars on the development and effectiveness of various areas in the ministry.

On the 23rd of September, our institute facilitated an interactive seminar to aid in the development of ministry teams interested in the organization and planting of new churches.

viber image4The seminar was held in the central Kiev church “House of the Gospel”.  The attendees of the seminar are actively involved in the planting of new local churches.  During the seminar, a discussion was held about the necessity of planting new churches, about who can do this work, and what principles should be followed to promote the effective organization of new churches.  As always, the discuss began with Scripture and each principle and concept was drawn out of the text.  Those who attended were challenged to base their strategies, opinions, and preferences on God’s Word.

The invited speakers of the seminar were brothers who have practical experience in organizing new churches in Ukraine and Central Asia.

The brothers shared their experiences in a new church planting and spoke about the importance and uniqueness of the local church today.

viber image3One of the important themes discussed in the seminar was the concept of evangelism through discipleship as well as the establishing of new local churches through discipleship.  A main idea concerning this method of sharing the gospel is that believers should be open to the needs of non-believers and participate in their lives, so that through the development of truly genuine relationships, a positive impact will be had in the lives of people in the community, leading to a change in their lives and their embracing of the Gospel.

We thank God that the seminar was a great blessing for all participants!

Church ministries institute to help local churches offers quality and practical seminars (based on local churches):

  • Seminars for deacons
  • Seminar on Sunday school ministry
  • Seminars dedicated to the family and marriage
  • Seminars on the preparation of the exposition preaching
  • Seminars on evangelism “Good soil”.

For the organization of the seminar you are interested in, please contact us:


Stay on the Line of Scripture 2

IMG_6557A seminar workshop was organized by the Church Ministry Institute, Kiev Theological Seminary and the international mission “Leadership Resources”. It was second workshop of six that are scheduled over the next three years in the Kiev region.
Pastors of churches from different cities and villages in central Ukraine were able to attend this seminar to update their knowledge deeper into the study of the biblical text (2 Timothy) and to take a fresh look at already familiar texts.
“It is really a breath of fresh air for us to be at this seminar, and I planned a number of sermons based on book of 2 Timothy” – Pastor of Messianic Church, Viktor Mural-Sikorskiy.
IMG_6555Much of the workshop time was devoted to working on the text. The trainers encouraged all the pastors to stay keep on line with the Scripture, not deviating from it in any direction.
The pastors also got acquainted with the methods and principles of working with the Scriptural text and the practical application of concepts such as genre, structure, theology, and so on. The next seminar is going to be in November 2017, when we will work with book of Genesis.

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Teachers of the Church Ministries Institute, who have received high-quality spiritual and academic education inside the walls of Kiev Theological Seminary, have decided to briefly share their impression of how education has affected their life and ministry.


Bogdan Tymchyshin, Pastor of the church in Lebedin

For me, as a Christian and a pastor of the church, it is important to, “… Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.” (2 Tim. 2:15), and for this I was blessed by studying at Kiev Theological Seminary. My teachers taught me systematic theology and how to conduct a deep analysis of Bible texts, with the purpose of effectively delivering God’s Word to His people.

Many teachers, such as Andy Rist, David Benzel, Eduard Borisov, with their love and personal example, have exerted a profound influence on me and taught me to better appreciate God’s calling on my life. Vasya Ostriy taught us to plan our ministry, so as not to work at random. Wayne Vandervier and Jerry Benge, showed us Biblical tools for nurturing and counseling God’s people. For me, my time spent at the seminary fellowshipping with brothers and sisters is simply the grace of the Lord, bestowed by Him for my spiritual formation.


Sergey Tarasenko, New church planter in Ivanovskoe, Donetsk region.

I am really thankful to God that He, through the seminary, showed me how He loves me and takes care of my spiritual growth. Through study in the seminary I understand that I need to be humble with Word of God, the Bible, and that a right understanding of the Bible will have a significant influence on my ministry to the church God has entrusted to me. In relation to my family, in the course Spiritual Formation, God showed me that I also have to be humble with the people I love.


Alexandr Khandus, The new church planter, Kiev

When I was 18, I was accepted to study at Kiev Theological Seminary, where I received immense help in my practical ministry and in my professional work. Thanks to high-quality teaching skills, my teachers helped me to fall in love to the book, knowledge and the Bible. The atmosphere at the seminary is filled with acceptance and love from all the employees and administration. Mark McDonnell, director of the Bible Study program, showed special care and attention to the minds of students. He taught the students with great enthusiasm and wonder. In my case, the words written by Johann Goethe are quite appropriate: “You only learn from those you love.” My decision to study at the seminary is exactly because of my love for the Bible.


Mikhael Suprun, New church planter, Kiev

I studied at KTS from 2004 to 2008. For me it was a wonderful journey, opening up new facets of the knowledge of our Lord. Having little practical experience of ministry in the church, I studied theological subjects, the knowledge of which allowed me to look at many church issues from other perspectives.

I especially want to mention the course Church History – it’s not just information, but the whole experience for 2000 years of church life, both positive and problematic. The teacher of this course, Professor Andy Rist, made it simply unforgettable. Sometimes the impression was created that numerous historical characters came out from the pages of the textbooks and spent their free time with Brother Andy, because he talked so enthusiastically about them.

I would like to mention the courses on theology taught by Dr. Mark Sousy. Our training was always supported by practical examples. In the final exams, one of the questions was always about a practical situation which we had to answer using the knowledge of theology we just learned.

Very profound and practical was the course on the life of the church, taught by Dr. Rick Perhai. For me, this course became a kind of quintessence of all my study at the seminary, and demonstrated once again value of the Church as a special and effective tool in the life of a Christian.

Indeed, it was time for a close relationship with God, and I am very thankful for the opportunity to study at Kiev Theological Seminary!


Vitaliy Fomin, Pastor of a church, Kiev

Absolutely everything in this world influences us and shapes our worldview. The only question is, what will be the effect?

The time spent in the seminary classes did not pass without leaving its imprint on me. I am grateful to God for KTS: for the teaching which positively influenced the formation of my worldview, corrected my personal theology, allowed me to crystallize my convictions, and touched upon my deep motives reflected in the practice of life and ministry. The process of influence provided by the training at KTS, did not end, it continues. A worthy academic level in harmony with the emphasis on the practice of ministry is the strength of the seminary. To all who love the Lord, who love His Word, and who love His Church, I recommend training at KTS! May the Lord bless you and may He be glorified through you and your ministry in His Church.


Vladimir Nikolaev, Pastor of a church, Kiev

After graduating from the Bachelor’s program in the CMI, for about ten years, I dreamed about continuing my studies. But full-time employment in church ministry and in the administration of the institute did not allow me to fulfill my dream. Before me there were several educational institutions in which it was possible to study in a master’s program. But God led me in a special way to Kiev Theological Seminary. Mike Gustafson, the chaplain of the seminary, recommended that I enter the youth ministry program. My ministry was connected with students, and my children were also of youth group age, so this program was acceptable for me.

All teachers of KTS have influenced me differently. Vasily Ostriy, director of the Youth Ministry program, created the right atmosphere for my studies. It is nice to learn when there is encouragement and wise supervision.

Dr. Richard Perhai helped me to understand the author’s intention in the Biblical text. I still remember how together we analyzed the books on Hermeneutics by Vanhuzer and Osborn. After an in-depth study of Hermeneutics, the Holy Scripture captivated my mind. Professor Sam Hyus helped me see the connection between theology and modern culture. For many Christians it is difficult to apply the ancient text in the 21st century, but Professor Hyus taught me to contextualize Biblical principles for modern society.

The main symbols of the seminary, the Bible and the coffee mug, symbolize a deep study of the Word of God and a friendly atmosphere. We invite all those who wish to prepare for an effective Christian ministry, and to learn more about the Bible and theology, to come study at Kiev Theological Seminary.