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THROUGH QUALITY OF EDUCATION TO EFFECTIVE MINISTRY

1The Church Ministry Institute students have finished another regular session. During this week’s session, the students had the opportunity to study hermeneutics and homiletics. The main goal of the CMI is to prepare workers for the edification and development of the local church, and the program focuses heavily on practical application. At the end of the session, the students have the opportunity to use the knowledge and skills they have acquired for the edification and growth of their churches. Our school is very happy to help local communities in their ministries to the Lord Jesus Christ by helping to cultivate trained and dedicated ministers.

In our Institute we prepare ministers who are willing to dedicate their lives to the service of God and the Church of Jesus Christ.

Some of our students shared their impressions of the session.

Богдан Землянский“For me, study at the Church ministry institute is a great blessing.  During the “Church Ministry” program I was taught to read books, and books help to form thoughts. During the Hermeneutics course, we were taught how to correctly interpret the Scriptures, how to pay attention to the context of the passage and the genre of the book. There is no pointless information in the Bible, it contains very deep and practical truths. Bogdan Zemlyanskiy

Александр Беленький“For me personally, the course of preaching was very practical. We learned how to preach, how to properly identify the main idea from the Bible passage, how to preach the message of the author of the text to the listener. I have received a good foundation that will help me to better prepare and preach a sermon. “Alexandr Belenkiy

Some comments from the CMI Dean of Students who taught Hermeneutics and Homiletics:

Богдан Тимчишин“Education is important for two reasons. First, because we are Christians, we are disciples of Jesus Christ and our duty as disciples is to follow Him and learn from Him. Second, learning is part of the great commission of Jesus Christ. We must go around the world and develop disciples for Jesus Christ, we must expand the Kingdom of God. Only highly trained and spiritually mature brothers and sisters can fully fulfill the mission of our Savior”  Bogdan Tymchyshyn

The vision of the CMI is not learning for the sake of knowledge, but rather acquisition of knowledge in order to effectively serve God and the church of Jesus Christ.

The uniqueness of the Church Ministry Institute is that we welcome those who wish to receive a quality biblical education. We provide on-site training (Bible schools located in local churches), online-training, as well as training in the central office of KTS (Kyiv Theological Seminary). Therefore, we are happy to invite you to study with us at CMI.

If you have a question about organizing a Bible school in your Church, online education or interested in studying at the main CMI office, please contact us:

volodya@cmieurasia.org

www.bogoslovie.net  www.cmieurasia.org

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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 volodya@cmieurasia.org

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The Joy of the Harvester

IMG_8840For the students of the Lebedin Bible School at the Church Ministry Institute (CMI), the blessed time of study has ended. On May 14, 2017, 16 graduates were awarded certificates for the completion of the first level of the CMI program.

 

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At the solemn service for this significant event were the director of the CMI Vladimir Nikolaev and the coordinator of the distance program of the CMI Alexander Khandus. Despite the overcast day and cold weather, they were met with great warmth and affection by the brothers and sisters of the church “Spiritual Revival”.

On Saturday, May 13, a discussion was organized in which church youth had the opportunity to get to know more closely the brothers from Kiev and learn about the CMI ministry in Ukraine in a more relaxed atmosphere.

IMG_8710Sunday was a celebration service. Instead of the usual liturgical meeting, the atmosphere in the hall was filled with triumph and anticipation of something unusual. And now the graduates, dressed in black robes and graduation caps with tassels, appeared. The eyes of many were riveted on them. The church took part in the celebration, as well as both the graduates of the school, and the administrative board of the CMI.

IMG_8745At the end of the service, the graduates were solemnly awarded certificates, and warm words of encouragement were spoken with the call to apply the knowledge they gained in the practice of church ministry and the desire not to stop in their desire to know the Lord, but to continue studying at the CMI in the Diploma Program.

IMG_8874With compliments of the CMI, each graduate received books, and the administrator of theLebedinschool, Bogdan Timchishin, was presented with a special gift – the Slavic Bible Commentary, on which 94 authorsworked.

 

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In their turn, the graduates of the schoolpresented gifts to Vladimir and Alexander. They gave them paintings, which depict the local beauty, the river Olshanka, meadows, and forests.

 

 

На могиле КаргеляAfter the service, filled with delicious food and sweet Christian fellowship, the brothers Vladimir and Alexander took the opportunity to visit one of the most meaningful places for Christians – the grave of Ivan Veniaminovich Kargel.Kargel was a spiritual writer, exegete, theologian, elder of the St. Petersburg Church of Evangelical Christians, a prison missionary, and the author of “The Brief Statement of the Doctrine of Evangelical Christians,” compiled in 1913 and in 1966 became the official doctrine of the all-Ukrainian Baptist Union

According to the testimony of the brothers and sisters of the Lebedin Bible School, they had good and the most positive emotions from the educational process. Many of them expressed a desire to continue their education in the CMI’s diploma program.

Dear readers, friends! The opportunity to study is for everyone. Get to know the Lord and His Word together with the Church Ministry Institute.

For more information, please contact us:

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Biblical education in Perm’ (Russia)

Студенты из ПермиChurch ministries institute at the beginning of 21 century, organized Bible school in Perm’ Russia, which has almost 15 years of successfully serving, preparing believers for ministry. The first director of the school was an American missionary Leon Duell. The graduates are servants in different cities of Russia. For now, responsible for training in Perm’ is Bill Brown, ABWE mission missioner.
Students with amazing life stories, received quality education through local pastors, who in their time graduated from the various Christian school. One of our student was Alexey Zuev.
Alekskey has seen amazing changes in his life over the past 7 years. He was definitely on the fast track to an early death due to his life style. He was a very serious drug user and even was able to make drugs to sell to others. In his bandit world he was considered very smart and successful. Yet he understood that he was completely empty and without hope. He lived in northern Russia in Archangel when a friend of his went off to a rehab center in our city of Perm. The friend testified that he found Christ and freedom from narcotics through his rehab experience and returned to Archangel to testify to those around him. Aleksey heard his testimony and began to very serious think about his life and lifestyle. Soon he became convinced that he too must go to this rehab in order to save his life from an early death due to the use of narcotics.
Having arrived here in Perm he soon found the peace and salvation through Jesus Christ. With much zeal and care he began to investigate the Bible very seriously. The rehab was a charismatic one and after two years he was not able to stay in that church due to the errors that he saw in their church practices. Thus, he left that church in order to join up with the unregistered Baptists. He was then married, and then he and his new wife were with them for about two years also and then had to again switch churches due to their man made additions and ‘lose your salvation’ doctrines. They ended up with the registered Baptists in their city of Krasnokamsk.
Aleksey has been studying with our institute for the past year and a half and has shown himself to be very capable of handling the word. He is already serving in his local church as one who can lead meetings and he and his wife host a weekly Bible study in their home for outreach purposes. He has a real heart to reach those who are addicted to drugs and alcohol, and frequently contacts people and even helps send them off to our rehabs. Praise the Lord for such students who take initiative, and who show real promise to perhaps one day even become a pastor.

Seminar “Moving Beyond the Lecture”

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October 26-27 Institute of Church Ministries (ICM) a seminar “Moving Beyond a Lecture”. Seminar speaker was Gil Thomas, fellow worker of ABWE mission and International Director of Good Soil Ministries. The goal of the seminar was to help seminary professors and all who desired to improve their teaching skills by using creative and interactive methods of teaching. 44 people attended the seminar, among which there were KTS workers, staff and graduates, workers and staff of ICM, teachers from other theological schools, missionaries of ABWE, church ministers: pastor, teachers, mentors.

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There are many seminars about improving teaching skills, but according to the words of the participants this seminar was special in many ways.  All the participants noted the relevance of the topic, because the changes in the world are happening so rapidly, including changes in the system of education and in the way people learn now days.  Many of the participants said that it has been the best seminar they attended as it was well organized and the given material was of great quality – people received many useful ideas. Some of the attenders marked that they not only received new ideas how to improve their teaching but they received deeper understanding when and with what purpose to use one or other creative or interactive method of teaching.  The seminar speaker Gil Thomas showed a great example how to create a safe environment so that the students may be open to learn and immediately practice their newly developed skills, so that they can remember better the material they learned. His model of teaching is an excellent example to follow in the way he holds attention of students and in the way he created an interactive learning environment where students learned from each other.

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The new format of education

i122cimgpsh_orig i125cimgpsh_origWhat we can do if students do not have opportunities to come for study in the classroom? What if the teacher cannot come to the students? With these issues we are faced in Church Ministries Institute.
In February 2014 because of war situation in the Donbas, we had the last course “Old Testament survey” in the Bible school in Kirovskoe, with hope that over some time we will be able to come back to the local church and continue training. But, it has passed 2 years, and the opportunity to back to Kirovskoe, uncontrolled Ukraine, we do not have. We prayed a lot for our students that God saved their life there and give them peace on their territory.
All the time we had communication with the bible school, which been in isolation. Mikhail Shevchuk, bible school administrator, attended the annual conference of CMI in 2014 and 2015, and often had conversation with CMI office via mobile phone. The students were eager to continue their studies, but the entrance to the town is just allowed with special permits. After long prayers, reflection and negotiation, we decided to resume the work of the bible school, using Skype.       This format of education was used in Transnistria, in the Bible school in Tiraspol. Students, together with the pastor of the church, passed 2 subjects: “New Testament Survey” and “Basic doctrines of the Bible” via Skype. For the students and for teacher the training in this format was like a journey through uncharted terrain. During teaching process we had a lively atmosphere; a lot of questions were discussed on these courses.

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After this experiment, we found that training on Skype has no significant differences from the standard teaching in the classroom. The most important things for using this format of teaching are HD camera and high-speed internet connection.
30th September 2016, we continue study in Bible school, the Kirovskoe. Group with 12 participants was gathered together. But … suddenly turned off the light in the entire town. The church started to pray and God give the answer in time – at the time of the start of classes the light was turned on. We connect Skype and started study process with “New Testament survey” course.
God has blessed our training, although initially faced with some difficulties. Students are accustomed to the fact that they see the teacher face to face. Teacher on a computer screen perceived unnatural. However, with sometime after beginning of the course, students adapting to this format, and they had many questions and start interesting discussion. After 10 hours of Skype-communication, the desire to continue study, even more increased. Students asked to repeat the course “Old Testament survey” because a lot of the material was forgotten for last 2 years.
Let us pray for church in Kirovskoe, that the education of students through the Church ministries institute program, help Christians who are in the zone of the war, to continue with the courage to preach the gospel of our Lord to people who as a result of military action have lost their loved ones and their homes.
The Church in Kirovskoe is very active in helping children and needy families with food, goods, restoration of destroyed houses. Our desire is to the local church, to grow spirituality, and more effectively serve God in a situation of war.

Mission – God’s desire

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God’s mission did not begin with Christ’s Great commission on the Mount of Olives, but much earlier. God’s entire plan for the salvation of humankind, beginning with the Book of Genesis – it is God’s mission. Jesus just continued the work of the Father, and the Church continues the work of God’s Son. On 12-16 September 2016 Church Ministries Institute held a seminar “Kairos”, on the course of Missiology, which motivated students to expand God’s mission for the salvation of the nations.

The course of “Kairos” reveals that mission is rooted in the nature of God, who sends and saves. This is mission from a biblical perspective. All Scripture is permeated with the desire of the Creator to tell about the great glorious history prepared for the people!
According to the students, this course helped them to see big picture of God’s plan of redemption. The important discovery was is that the preparation for the mission much more serious than is commonly understood and looks at first sight.
The practical aspects of the seminar were just great: modeling of worship in different intercultural contexts. Teachers were available for questions and clarifications of the study material. They used different methods in the learning process, feel a deep knowledge of the material and were sensitive to students.
We expect that course of Missiology not just in theory inspire our students, but helps them on practice be part of God’s mission.
We are waiting for a next course “The Theology of Paul the Apostle” from 28th November – 2nd December 2016.