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.
Russian Church of Christians of Evangelical Faith
ROSTOV-ON-DON (RUSSIA) – Igor Andrushkevich, pastor of Christ the Savior Сhurch in Rostov-on-Don, is appointed to be responsible for the youth ministry in Rostov area.
For a few years he has been in charge of conducting annual church youth events “Adrenaline” extreme summer hiking trip and “More that you can” Conference.
“We’ve established cooperation with youth ministries in Azov, Veshensakaya, Nikilaevskaya, Krasyukovskaya, – says Igor Andrushkevich. – There’re many churches that belong to the Russian Church of Christians of Evangelical Faith, and we’re open for further cooperation. We plan on conducting meetings with youth ministry leaders – seminars, events – and provide our help to the churches in organizational matters”.
Regional leadership meetings are planned to be conducted every month, and once in three months – in an expanded format.
Russian Church of Christians of Evangelical Faith
ROSTOV-ON-DON (RUSSIA) – The 7th annual youth conference “More than you can”, organized by Christ the Savior Church youth ministry, took place in Rostov-on-Don on October 20-21. Over 200 young men and girls from different churches of Rostov-on-Don and the area took part in the event. Senior pastor of Christ the Savior church, Head of family and marriage department of the Russian Church of Christians of Evangelical Faith bishop Vladimir Khvalov preached at an opening service. He encouraged young people to have close relationships with God, like the Jews did through a vow of a Nazarite, during the Old Testament times. The pastor proclaimed that we need to “love God with all our hearts and be ready to pay the price, to be able to come closer to Him.”
Other speakers of the conference were pastors from Christ the Savior church from Armavir and Taganrog Oleg Seleznev and Alexander Ganin, pastor from Jesus Christ church from Tuapse Maxim Lyubin.
Worship teams from Revival church (Azov), Shield of Faith church, Christian mission church and Christ the Savior church (Rostov) ministered by their talents.
Workshops on youth ministry, evangelistic ministry, gifts of Holy Spirit and worship ministry were conducted at the conference. Round table discussions about the relationships between young men and girls also took place at the conference.
Projects like an “Oxygen” adventure game on evangelism, social project on providing help to the older people and the disabled people, daily united youth prayer for Russia were presented to the participants of the conference.
“This is our seventh conference, – says pastor Igor Andrushkevich, youth minister from Christ the Savior Church, organizer of the conference. We can see that the youth is encouraged and is looking forward to the next conference. Many were baptized by the Holy Spirit. For me it is an evidence that we’re following God’s direction. We hear such testimonies every year, and they make us happy!”
Christ the Savior Church
BARNAUL (RUSSIA) – Light of Revival, you rule! That’s what students of two Barnaul schools said about sports festive events conducted by the Light of Revival Youth Foundation of Social Initiatives in September.
“Thanks for the positive emotions, you rule!”, “Thank you, guys, for the sports festival. We’ve experienced cohesion, unity, team spirit” – These are words of gratitude of fifty students of the schools after the event.
The purpose of the sports festive event is to help teenagers to establish trust-based relationships on a team, to discover gifts and talents. Barnaul Youth Foundation conducts such festivals on a regular basis. During these events volunteers – Christians from Light of Revival church – are able to show an example of Christian culture and ethics and be good, positive role models for teens.
Light of Revival Youth Foundation of Social Initiatives, Barnaul
The Russian Church of Christians of Evangelical Faith
SYKTYVKAR (RUSSIA) - During winter holidays Source of Life Church of Syktyvkar opened its doors for the participants of the fourth regional youth conference “Restart4: Real-time”. The conference brought together young people from churches of the Komi Republic – Vorkuta, Usinsk, Pechora, Ukhta and other cities. The conference began with an inspirational message about the importance of personal relationship with God, and prayer for youth to renew relationships with God and receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Evening continued with praise and worship service, when everybody in unity praised the Creator.
IZHEVSK (RUSSIA) - On March 25-27, Philadelphia Church of Izhevsk hosted Youth Conference for Volga and Urals Federal Districts. 400 participants came from several regions of Russia.
NOVOSIBIRSK (RUSSIA) - An evangelistic movement among students of high schools and colleges began in Covenant Church of Novosibirsk. 35 young people who attend different academic institutions desided to gather regularly to pray for their classmates and to reach them in most creative ways. The ministry based on prayer is to be successful: Christian students have already held several events and now everyone in their schools and universities know about meaningful presents, which Christians presented to their classmates.
KALUGA (RUSSIA) - July 28 through August 1, youth from all over Russia gathered in the Kaluga region for the annual national youth camp #PASSWORD 6. 'Pass the Word'. #PASSWORD 6 is a large-scale youth rally. This year it was attended by over 1,000 young people. Over the last six years the number of participants grows, and this means that young people have an interest in this kind of events. Throughout the rally, Russian youth had a great opportunity to hear the Word of God, reveal their talents, share experiences and meet new friends from all over the nation.
SMOLENSK REGION (RUSSIA) - Youth camp called “City of Light” was held in the Smolensk region, near the picturesque lake Penisnar. For seven days, from June 6 to June 13, each participant of our camp set a task to learn how to create the right conditions in his or her spiritual life to successfully grow.
OLENEGORSK (MURMANSK REGION, RUSSIA) - At Spring break, on March 27 and 28, Olenegorsk church hosted the first teenager’s conference. About 60 boys and girls ages 12 to 16 from all over the Murmansk region, which is in the far northwest of Russia, came together.
KEMEROVO (SIBERIA, RUSSIA) - On January 31, a worship seminar on spiritual gifts and a grand evening of praise took place in Kemerovo (Siberia). It was held within the Worship Together project. Representatives of all evangelical churches of Kemerovo attended the event. This time miraculously united us in praise and worship of our Heavenly Father.
PERM (RUSSIA) - Last week in Perm was marked by a long-awaited event. It was here, at the New Testament Church, on January 8th through 10th, annual Youth Conference LIVE was held. The conference was attended by about 600 people from different parts of the Perm region and other Russian cities. Guests arrived from such cities as Krasnokamsk, Dobryanka, Uralskiy, Kudymkar, Kachkanar, Yekaterinburg, Izhevsk, Ufa, Omsk, Orenburg, and many others.
VELIKY NOVGOROD (RUSSIA) - On January 8th, 2015 at 18:00 in Veliky Novgorod will be held Christmas party for teens. Preparations are in full swing. By their own hands young masters craft scenery, sew costumes, prepare a Christmas repertoire, look for original recipes for holiday treats, rehearse skits and dance numbers. A good portion of fun is guaranteed for each guest and participant.
MOSCOW (RUSSIA) - On November 11th through 14th, regional coordinators of youth ministry of the Russian Church of Christians of Evangelical Faith gathered in Moscow for their annual meeting.
OMSK (SIBERIA, RUSSIA) – August 22-24, 2014 – Harvest Church of Omsk hosted the sixth annual Youth Conference “On the Way to a Dream”, which was attended by Christian artist and songwriter Dmitry Shletgauer and pastor of Jesus' Embassy Church from Nizhny Novgorod Vadim Sharov. Guests of the churches of Omsk and Omsk region took part in this event.
IRKUTSK REGION (RUSSIA) - July, 2014 - In the middle of July, annual Christian Youth Conference of Pentecostal Churches of the Irkutsk region took place. This time, its slogan and the main theme were the words of Jesus, “You are the light.”
BARNAUL (RUSSIA) - Youth group of the Light of Revival Church of Barnaul hosted a marathon of young speakers. The theme of the event was “God’s Love”.
CHITA, - On January 6, when it’s the Christmas Eve in Russia, the youth of the "Salvation in Jesus” church in Chita organized an unaccustomed activity downtown the city.
On January 11, young people from eight different churches located in Izhevsk gathered together to pray for their city. In the conference hall of the "Philadelphia" Church House of Prayer about 100 young men and women prayed together to Heavenly Father. The prayer time was organized by churches: "Philadelphia", "Church of God", "Church of the Resurrection", "Izhevsk Christian Fellowship", "God's grace", "Grace", "The Church of Jesus Christ," Baptist Church on Podlesnaya 7.
Recently citizens of Chita, city in Trans-Baikal region in the eastern Siberia, were pleasantly surprised, as they got on public transportation. Youth group of the local evangelical church ‘Salvation in Jesus’ decided to give passengers a free ride on Christmas Day, January 7th. This is when Russian Orthodox Church celebrates Christmas and it is a national holiday in Russia.
The first week of the New Year was filled with events for the New Testament Church in Perm. January 2nd through 4th the church hosted Youth Conference #LIVENTC. Young people from Perm and other churches of the Perm region came to the New Testament Church to participate in the Youth Conference.
Recently, during the school break teenagers from churches of Central Federal District gathered for a time of fellowship and prayer. 140 teenagers came to Kaluga. It was the 10th time that the churches of the Central Federal District make it possible for boys and girls of 11 to 16 years old to be able to have discussions, workshops and roundtables on some of the most vital topics.
Leader of the youth ministry – pastor Alexander Khudyakov
The mission of the youth ministry is helping youth to come to know God, understand their purpose in life, and affect the destinies of their generation.
Why youth ministry? Do we really need it? What is it supposed to be? Because of their importance for today’s church, these prevalent questions need to be answered. We must accept this challenge, humbling ourselves before God to fulfill His supreme will. “Look, I am sending you the prophet Elijah before the great and dreadful day of the Lord arrives. His preaching will turn the hearts of parents to their children, and the hearts of children to their parents. Otherwise I will come and strike the land with a curse”. (Mal 4:5-6 NLT)