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The Theme for Perm Conference is: “A CERTAIN KIND. Discipleship That Re-Defines Success In The Ministry”

A synopsis of the conference: The greatest need of the Church is leadership. To produce a certain kind of spiritually qualified leader, authentic discipleship and intentional disciple making are the biblical keys. The chief goal is life transformation – building depth in the lives of leaders to influence the Church to arise to be what God intends it to be!

When: November 17–18, 2017

Where: New Testament Church, Perm, Russia
(93, Uralskaya street, Perm)

For more information visit our web-site: novizavet.ru




Reverend Edmund Chan
Leadership Mentor, Covenant Evangelical Free Church
Founder, Global Alliance of Intentional Disciple Making Churches
 
Edmund Chan is a highly sought-after expository preacher and an esteemed leadership mentor. His insightful biblical teachings are very well received, resulting in worldwide speaking invitations up to five years in advance.

Edmund also mentors top-level leaders, including business leaders and CEOs, bishops, senior pastors as well as the founders and directors of Christian organizations globally.
 
He travels extensively to minister in diverse countries, including South East Asia, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Russia, Africa, Europe, UK, Australia, Brazil, Canada and USA.

After his 25-year service as the Senior Pastor of Covenant Evangelical Free Church, Edmund transited in leadership in 2012 to provide leadership as Founder of the Global Alliance of Intentional Disciple Making Churches (IDMC Global Alliance). He remains on staff at Covenant EFC as the leadership mentor.

A highlight in ministry was the launch of the Global Discipleship Congress (GDC) in Manila, in partnership with Christ Commission Fellowship. The inaugural GDC 2013 was attended by over 8,000 pastors and leaders from 61 nations; and have since paved the way for major regional discipleship summits, particularly in Europe and Africa.

Edmund distinguished himself academically by completing his two-year post-graduate degree at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (USA) in less than nine months and graduated summa cum laude.
 
He has written several books, including Growing Deep in God (2002); Mentoring Paradigms (2008); Growing Deep In Faith (2010); Cultivating Your Inner Life (2011); A Certain Kind (2013), Radical Discipleship (2014), Life & Legacy (2015) and Discipleship Missions (2016).

Edmund is married to Ann, who actively ministers and mentors alongside him around the world. They have two lovely adopted daughters, Amanda and Belicia.




Pastor Ann Chan
Pastor, Covenant Evangelical Free Church
Director, Global Alliance of Intentional Disciple Making Churches

Ann Chan ministers actively alongside her husband, Reverend Edmund Chan, championing the Intentional Disciple Making Churches (IDMC) vision around the world.

A gifted leader and teacher, she has pioneered many of Covenant’s ministries, including Women-In-Covenant ministry.  No stranger to pain and suffering herself, she has been an empathetic and wise counsellor to many who have approached her over her years of ministry.

An educator by training, Ann graduated with a Master of Arts degree in Christian Education (with Honours) from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in 1994.  She has also mentored, preached and taught in Hong Kong, Australia, America and London. 



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VORKUTA (RUSSIA) – Vorkuta Source of Life Church, pastored by Anatoly and Valentina Potapovs, celebrated the 16th anniversary on October 21 and 22, with a “From youth to maturity” conference. Words of congratulations were addressed to pastors and the community of the church, songs of praise and words of prayer were raised to God. Youth groups performed skits, sang songs and danced. Source of Life churches pastors from Syktyvkar, Sosnogorsk, Usinsk, Emva, Pechora and ministers from Vorkuta Church of God congratulated pastors Anatoly and Valentina and the church.

On Saturday, bishop of Komi-Perm Association of the Russian Church of Christians of Evangelical Faith, pastor of New Testament church in Kudymkar Vyacheslav Gerasimov ministered at the first service. What purpose should a Christian pursue? “Our purposes should be set by God. And the main purpose is the prize of the upward call of God in Christ”. The Scripture for this was apostle Paul’s words from Philippians, “I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus”.

Pavel Kudrov, bishop of the Russian Church of Christians of Evangelical Faith, Senior Presbyter for Komi Republic and senior pastor of the Source of Life Church in Syktyvkar, preached about the signet ring of adoption and the signet ring of authority. The first one is given to every Christian, who accepted Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Saviour. To receive the second one we should pay a price and take the responsibility.

Grant Burnadze, pastor of Pechora Source of Life Church, and Anatoly Potapov, pastor of Vorkuta Source of Life Church shared about maturity.

On Sunday, two celebration services took place. Pavel Kudrov and Vyacheslav Gerasimov shared about the importance of being faithful and thankful to God – thankful for the family, relationships between parents and kids, job, church, the pastor and the ministers, and for the good name. “What you value – works well!” – said Pavel Kudrov in his word.

On that day the church had a reception – tea with tasty cakes were served. Before the conference in Vorkuta bishops Pavel Kudrov and Vyacheslav Gerasimov ministered in Pechora and Syktyvkar. Minister from Kudymkar encouraged the Syktyvkar church to dwell in the helping hand ministry and not to grow weaker in it. The church of Pechora was addressed by a word about the Holy Spirit: how to build the relationships with the Holy Spirit, why we should rest upon the Holy Spirit and not the world.

On the same day, Pavel Kudrov taught Pechora church about the beneficence. The verse from the Scripture the preacher referred to was John 10:10 “I came that they may have life, and have {it} abundantly.”
The churches gladly welcomed the guests. We trust that the Lord will abundantly bless His children and one day people of Komi republic will glorify God in unity!

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MOSCOW (RUSSIA) – On October 25, an outstanding event took place in Moscow. The Archbishop Dieterich Brauer accepted symbolic keys to Evangelical-Lutheran Peter and Paul’s Cathedral from the Assistant director of territorial administration of Federal Agency for State property management in Moscow Nikolai Peshkov, as a sign of ownership.

Head of administration of the Head Bishop Ivan Borichevsky, and Senior Presbyter of the Central Association of the Russian Church of Christians of Evangelical Faith Boris Dikidzhi took part in the event.

According to the cathedral’s pastor Viktor Weber, the decision to sign over the Peter and Paul’s Lutheran Cathedral building to the Evangelical-Lutheran church of Russia on the 500th anniversary of Reformation is the first step to restoration of the historical justice and returning other religious buildings to the believers all across the country.

President of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier has arrived with a private visit to participate in the ceremony. Representatives of the Russian President’s Administration, Government of Moscow, State Duma, and all Christian denominations of Russia participated in the event.

Vladimir Medinsky, Minister of Culture of Russia, and Henry Bedford-Storm, Head of the Evangelical church of Germany, made greeting speeches.

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NOVOKUZNETSK (RUSSIA) – It’s a distant district of Novokuznetsk, the buses don’t go there, houses are run-down, desolation all around. Evangelists came here in winter, preached the Gospel to its residents. There they met a 94-year-old grandma Pana and realized how hard her life was. Huge drifts of snow almost cover her house. To get some water she has to walk far by a slippery slope. After this first meeting team members began to visit her with cans of water and food, trying to serve her with what they could. She would meet them with an open heart and always prayed with them. In August they met again.

Evgeny Gololobov, one of the ministers, shares: “I decided to ask grandma Pana about her almost century-long life. The first thing she told me was that life passed so fast. I immediately remembered a Bible verse which says that the time is short.

Grandma Pana was born near Novosibirsk, in the village of Bulatovo, in 1923. There were five girls and two boys in the family. There was a small church in the village and their mother would take them there. At home they always prayed together. What a blessing it was to meet God while she was still young, and what huge responsibility for parents it is to introduce kids to Christ, to teach them, to instruct them. “Train up a child in a way he should go” – says the Bible. And then times of repressions came, but God always lived in Pana’s heart. And here we are, in 2017, listening to grandma’s testimony about why she carried her faith through her whole life, never seized praying and asking God for help.

We had a chance to take a picture with grandma Pana, and prayed together. In her prayer she thanked God for His mercy, and her main words were: “The Word of God” and “serving God”.

Evgeny Gololobov
Church on the Rock team, Novokuznetsk

KALUGA (RUSSIA) – Our team evangelized in Peremyshlski district of Kaluga area. We have made friends whose hearts are open to God and they are searching for Him.

PERM (RUSSIA) – The day was windy. We were walking down the streets of a town passing out Christian literature. One of the members of our team noticed an old lady and ran to her, “Christian mail”. The lady turned and smiled, and then she came up and gladly received the Gospel. We met her. Her name is Martha, she is 78.

KEMEROVO (RUSSIA) – Regional women’s conference named “And she happily faces the future” took place in Kemerovo on November 3 and 4. About 450 women from all over Kuzbass region came to receive a timely word from God. The speakers of the conference were Olga Kaidalova, Oksana Izmadenova, Evgeniya Stolyarova and Marina Khoroschenko.

At a sermon titled “A Christian woman – who is she?” Olga Kaidalova presented an interview with people who shared their suppositions about who a Christian woman is, and then gave a Biblical answer to the question. After the sermon every sister in Christ was sure: a Christian woman is the one belonging to Christ! 


Oksana Izmadenova explored a topic about “A woman in ministry”. What does that mean? Which ministry we can call the most valuable in life? Pastor Oksana made a conclusion: a true ministry is “dressed for a workday”, which means that it doesn’t attract much attention.

Evgeniya Stolyarova preached on “Femininity”. Each one of us is like a garden that needs to be watered. And if the source of the water is God – the garden will be beautiful! 


Marina Khoroschenko shared an important and interesting word about “A woman in the Holy Spirit”. Her key message was the necessity to behold God and the guidance of the Holy Spirit helps us not to be in despair in desperate circumstances.

Besides the timely sermons, the conference is well remembered for many other highlights. Some of the sisters received prophetic gifts. The facilitators conducted a lottery, and the winners received prizes. The youth prepared dances, and all participants joined them in the dance. There were a lot of joy and laughter, the happiness of God’s presence has overflown every participant.



The pastors’ wives gathered at a lunch, and made a decision to continue to develop the women’s ministry in local churches.
The conference was closed by a common prayer, and through it every sister received a prophetic word for herself, a comforting word, an answer or a touch from the Father.

The participants left enthusiastic feedback.

Tatyana Ermicheva: “How wonderful were these days – with great advantage for ourselves, received so many revelations. God, thank You for the blessings!”


Yulia Grigorieva: “Pastor Olga, thank you for the blessed time! Thank you for holding on to God and teaching us that. My family and me have gained something new. May God bless you abundantly!”

Galina Bushueva: “The conference and the living Word is just in time, thank God!”

Svetlana Reshetnikova: “The conference was great, all life aspects were expanded. The atmosphere was snug and homelike. The lottery and the prizes was a surprise. And on the second day angels were meeting us at the entrance to the temple. It was just stunning! The conference was superb!”

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ROSTOV-ON-DON (RUSSIA) – Southern regional conference of rehabilitation ministry took place in Rostov-on-Don on October, 26-28. More than 60 participants came from all over southern region of Russia: Volgograd, Rostov-on-Don, Krasnodar, Stavropol, cities of Caucasus and Crimea. Special atmosphere of God’s presence was dwelling at every service.

Bishops Alexei Rudenki and Vladimir Khvalov preached and ministered by prayer. As all participants stayed at a recreation complex, many of them were able to talk in person with the senior ministers, who prayed for them, prophesied and ministered to them.

Pavel Pigurski, regional representative of rehabilitation ministry in Omsk area, shared his experience of cooperating with the government and supporting social projects.

Sergei Kostyushkin, coordinator of “Every home for Christ” project in Siberia shared his experience of preaching the Gospel through printed media. Everyone interested were able to participate in an evangelism project and try to create their own booklets.

We express our gratitude to Christ the Savior Church of Rostov-on-Don. The participants of the conference expressed their desire to make the conference annual. It was suggested to begin to train rehabilitation ministers for the southern region.

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SMOLENSK (RUSSIA) – “I have manifested Your name to the men” (John 17:6) was the name of the annual youth conference that took place at the Holy Trinity Church of Smolensk on October 27-28. This year it united 100 participants from churches of Smolensk area and guests from Kaluga and Moscow for worshiping God, fellowshipping and edification.

The topicality of reaching the youth with the Gospel gains momentum, the topic is evermore crucial. How to make the work efficient? What is needed for that? How do we become a tool in God’s hands to fulfill the most important mission? Services of the conference provided the answers to these and many other questions.

Speakers were sharing their spiritual experience in the Good News ministry, in raising a church and developing the work with youth. The focus in training people to share personal testimonies was made at looking for the Holy Spirit leadership, close relationships with God and righteous Christian life. During the days of the conference we were able to see the creative works of the participants. We believe that the conference helped many of them to spiritually renovate and change. They received inspiration and power to fulfill Christ’s Great commandment.

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Sergey is a man devoted to God, his life is full of joy and purpose. But it hasn’t always been like this. In his youth, Sergey used to be a rebel. He always resisted the social rules and tried to find some special purpose in life. When he was 16, he left his parents’ home. “That was the first mistake I’d made in life and as a result all I was left with were pain and loneliness,” says Sergey.

The Tkachenkos is a large family – loving parents Sergey and Nadezhda, three sons and a daughter. But it wasn’t always so.  In 1991, Sergey went to the US and soon the whole family decided to immigrate there but the plans as well as some other things were doomed to fail. Having left for America for a couple of months, Sergey stayed there for several years. Nadezhda and the children were waiting for him in Russia. So, the family split up in such a simple and stupid way.

Once God told His people: “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14)