SAINT-PETERSBURG, Oct. 19-21 – The fifth “Empowered” Youth Conference took place in the northern capital of Russia. Youth and teenagers visited workshops, received instructions from elder ministers and met a youth team from Finland.
The theme of this year was “The beginning. Genesis”. The conference began with workshops in six directions: “How to begin sharing Good news”, “How to conduct a follow up meeting” “How to start a media ministry” “How to begin singing” “How to build relationships” and “For those who didn’t make up their minds yet”. The workshops were conducted by youth ministers and coordinators of the North-Western association of the Russian Church of Christians of Evangelical Faith and by guests from Finland.
Saturday was devoted to receiving spiritual food and included three services with the bishop of the North-Western association Alexander Tsvetkov, bishop Alexei Rudenki and youth pastor from Tempera (Finland) church Joona Salo participating.
Alexander Tsvetkov was speaking about the need to transform our ways of thinking: “God is the beginning of everything. If Jesus is in your heart, you don’t need to look for the sources in the world. The beginning is in your heart already – just transform what you already have”. Pastor Joona focused on the unity of the church. “We need to stop being afraid of each other and should have more fear of God. We will win if we cling together, following God” – says the minister.
Bishop Rudenki pointed out at the importance of being obedient to God’s Word and used some examples from the Bible: “Esther’s obedience paved her the way to the kingship. David was the youngest in his family, and when the prophet came, nobody even remembered about him. But the most important was that David sincerely loved the Lord, was faithful to Him, and years later has become a king of Israel”.
Together with pastor Joona a team of ministers from Tempera came. The guests led the worship, shared their knowledge and experience at workshops and had a great time of fellowship with teenagers and youth of Saint-Petersburg.
The Russian Church of Christians of Evangelical Faith