Spring is over and summer has come, and it’s time to look back on the past academic year at the Church MinistriesInstitute.
Duringthis entire year our Lord provided us with many opportunities to glorify His Holy Name. Each year several schools graduate their students and we start new schools. We had some changes in our institute. Mikhail Suprun and his family moved to Kiev in 1of March, 2016. Now he works as Academic and Student Dean and Regional Developer.He is also a pastor of a church.
Mikhail is responsible for coordination work in the Bible schools and he teachessome courses. He helps students in academic and practical issues. For now Mikhail is a studentin Kremenchug Evangelical Seminary and Tavria Christian Institute on in their master’s program.
CMIis actively developing an onlineprogram. In 2015-16, 97 students registered for the onlinetraining. We translated from English to Russian 5 online courses for students and 2 courses for teachers. For leading this program, we have prepared 8 teachers. A great blessing for us is that Oleksandr Khandus joined the team of CMI.He isthenew Dean of OnlinAe Learning. He completed a master’s program in Prague. Oleksandris one of the ministers in Kiev church “Word of Truth” and he is a missionary in the Chernigov region (Ukraine). Oleksandr also teaches some courses in Bible schools.
During the 2015/16 academic year we had 15 Bible schools. God allowed us to organize 5 new Bible schools in the cities of Kanev, Fastov, Kremenchug, Novograd Volynskiy and Poltava. Geographically – it’s 15 local churches, located in Ukraine, Russia and Pridnistrovie. During this period of time we taught 36 courses through 18 teachers, 15 of them ordained ministers in local churches. The total number of students who studied at the institute was 294in 15 schools. Theseare brothers and sisters who want to get a biblical/theological education at the “certificate” level with the ability to continue to studyin the program, “Diploma of Church Ministry.”
New Bible schools (startof education 2015/16 school year).
In the autumn teaching began with the course “Old Testament Survey”in the church in Kanev (1st Baptist Church). Training was held for 26 students. They are young people who arestarting their way with Jesus Christ and those who are already in ministry. Pastor Nikolai Panchenko is actively involved in the process of spiritual formation. Teachers in this biblical school arelocal brothers who have a master’s degreeand visiting teachers as well. The church is veryactive in missionary activity: they are in contact with several new organized churches in the region.The church is also involvedin work with orphanage children.
Novograd Volynskiy – the birthplace of the famous poet and writer,Lesia Ukrainka. First Baptist Church in the city is involved in the study process. An important fact – the pastors in this church are very interested in the learning process: the senior pastor – Malyuk Peter Vasilyevich and Pastor Godun Viktor Stepanovich. The church is very hospitable and active in various areas of ministry: youth ministry, social and evangelistic. We have 20 students in our biblical classin this church.
Fastov –a city in Kiev region, a major railway junction. The Baptist church is located on Chicherina street 74.On the territory of the church they havea drug rehabilitation center andin this center we have CMI biblical class . Pastor Igor Bugaev initiated the biblical education for the church. Among the students arelocal brothers and sisters andthose who come from the region. In the biblical class we have free listeners- rehabilitants of level 1 (in the center for the first 6 months) and among students also are those who finished rehabilitation level 2 (adaptation after rehabilitation). It is very inspiring to see how the students become involved in ministry and grow in relationships, both with God and among the people in the churches. The Bible School Administrator (and also one of the best students) is our brother Yuri Evsikov. 26 students are trained there.
Existing Bible schools.
The first capital of Ukraine, Kharkov city. The church “Evangelical Life” is on Alekseyevka street. The training program CMIhas taken place in the local church for many years. More than a hundred brothers and sisters were blessed by studying in this Bible school. 35 students are now involved in the study process. They are active in ministry,doing a missionary trip and growing spiritually. The church has a huge potential for ministry to our God. Senior Pastor of the church – Dribnohod Andrey, and pastor – Portyanko Alexei Leonidovich, are also actively involved in teaching in the Kharkov school and in other schools CMI.
Lebedin–is a small town in Sumy region. The Church “Spiritual Renewal” is continuing study. 17 students are involved in the program “Certificate of Church Ministry.” Pastor and brother, Tymchyshyn Bogdan, is the Bible School Administrator and one of the leading teachers. Senior Pastor of the church, Sergey Ovcharenko, encourages members of the church to take this opportunity for studying and strongly contributes to their spiritual growth.
Oposhnya –a pottery center in Ukraine and one of the most famous small towns in Europe because ofher national traditions. Brothers and sisters are continuing their studies at the Bible school CMI. Pastor, Martosenko Viktor Yanukovych is an exemplary student and good leader. One of the primary teachers is the pastor of Gadyach church, brother Isaev Vladimir Borisovich. For now we have there 15 students. Training takes place in a very friendly atmosphere.
Bohuslav –a green town near river Ros. Students of the Bible school on the street of Nikolaevska completed the first level of the CMI program and received a “Certificate of Church Ministry.” But for many of them it was justthe beginning. Therefore, the desire to learn and know our Creator transformed intocontinuing education at the B level, “Diploma of Church Ministry.”
Pridnestrovie – the blessed and long-suffering region. In the city of Tiraspol in the localevangelical church “Open Skies” is also a Bible school of CMI. An interesting feature of this school is that learning takes place in both the church building and through the distance program using teleconferences. Pastor Shkuratov Ruslanis one of the students in the Bible church and is very innovative and active in ministry and in social activities. For now we have there 8 students.
Church Ministries Institute has also two schools on the territory of the Russian Federation: in the town of Stary Oskol (Belgorod region) and in Perm.
Look to the future…
For the next yearwe plan to open 7 more schools, including in the Republic of Belarus. We also expect the Euro-Asian Accreditation Association visit in September, 2016 with a view to accredit our program, “Diploma in Church Ministry.” We plan in the next academic year to have 4 courses for “Diploma in Church Ministry” level through Kiev Theological Seminary. This course: Missiology (Kairos), September 12-16, the teacher Chad Wiebe; Theology of St. Paul, 28 November-2 December, lecturer Vladimir Nikolaev; Biblical Worldview, February 6-10, 2017, the teacher Mikhail Suprun and Course in Critical Thinking and writing, May 15-19, 2017, teacher Jim Erhard.
We continue to pray for…
Understanding that God has done through us His great work, in helping churches with training, encourage us to work for Him more and more. We pray for all our students, who want to know our Lord and who expanding the Kingdom of God.