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MOSCOW (RUSSIA) – Head Bishop Edward Grabovenko on behalf of the Russian Church of Christians of Evangelical Faith offered deepest condolences to the families of the victims and all those affected by the tragic church shooting in Texas. He also sent a condolences letter to the Assemblies of God General Superintendent Doug Clay.

In his letter he wrote, “With sorrow we learned about the tragedy that happened on Sunday, when believers gathered to hear the Word, to pray and worship God.

Russian Christians are united in prayer for our brothers and sisters who are suffering as a result of this terrible act and for the families who lost their loved ones. May our merciful Lord give them peace and heal their hearts. We pray for the speedy recovery of those who were injured.

Our prayers are for comfort to the families of Sutherland Springs and for many people to come to know Christ and His good will. Our hearts are with the Christians of the USA during this tragedy. Please know we mourn with you and lift prayers to the Lord.”

The Russian Church of Christians of Evangelical Faith

SAINT-PETERSBURG (RUSSIA) – The electoral conference took place on October, 28 in North-Western Association of the Russian Church of Christians of Evangelical Faith. Representatives of all registered churches and church communities of Saint-Petersburg and Leningrad area met together to elect a senior presbyter and plan their common work in the region for the next six years.

The association unites 60 churches and religious groups in Saint-Petersburg and cities of Leningrad area, situated in 85,3 square kilometers, which is compared to the territory of Austria. The population size is 6 900 000 people.

Alexander Tsvetkov, serving as Senior Presbyter for the North-Western Association of the Russian Church of Christians of Evangelical Faith, was elected for the next term by the majority vote.

Alexander Tsvetkov has been a pastor for 20 years, during the last 10 years he has been a pastor of the New Testament Church in Saint-Petersburg. With his wife Valeria they have five children. In his program for the next six years Pastor Alexander noted the most important directions the association is going to move in:

• “One Year for Jesus” project;
• Developing an informational platform;
• Work with youth, teenagers and children;
• Providing support in starting new churches;
• Developing the spiritual education structure;
• Cooperation with representatives of the legislative power and the executive power;
• The inter-confessional relationships development.

The Board of the Russian Church of Christians of Evangelical Faith was represented at the electoral conference by the First deputy of the Head bishop Nikolai Zalutski. He finished his speech by the message on the importance to dedicate oneself to the ministry to God, and to be at peace with each other. Representatives of churches of the regional association broke the bread together and prayed the blessing prayer.

The Senior Presbyter Alexander Tsvetkov addressed to the participants of the conference: “Dear brothers, pastors and ministers. I thank God for you and for the confidence that you have in me – to become a senior presbyter for the region. Four years have passed fast, and during that time, resting upon the rich legacy of the past achievements of the brotherhood, we moved further and achieved certain results in every direction of the vision that, I trust, I received from God and presented to you. Each one of us made certain sacrifice for the changes, for reaching the goals set, and I’m sure the sacrifice is not in vain, because the unity of the brotherhood is evident. I believe that the unity will take us to even more results and fulfillment of the will of our Lord Jesus Christ in Saint-Petersburg and Leningrad area. After the electoral conference we will move forward and make further steps to developing the presented vision. The core of the vision, formulated as one single goal, can be expressed as: “To provide every local church of our brotherhood an opportunity to dwell in an atmosphere that allows it to be filled with the Holy Spirit and multiply in the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ”.

North-Western Association of the Russian Church of Christians of Evangelical Faith

 

 

 

 

Dear Friends,

On behalf of the Russian Church of Evangelical Faith Christians we wish you Happy Easter! Christ is Risen! The triumphant message of the Resurrection brings joy and reminds of the greatest miracle, ‘that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; and he was buried and … he rose again on the third day according to the scriptures...’ (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4).

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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OMSK (RUSSIA) – On the 15th of October, Harvest Church of Omsk celebrated Thanksgiving. The solemn atmosphere could be felt at the church porch – it was decorated with crowns and bright ribbons, the meeting hall was pictorially decorated, and fruit and vegetables were arranged at the altar, symbolizing bringing the offerings. Harvest is a sacred holiday that God commanded us to celebrate with special honor, thanksgiving and humbleness. Harvest is the time of meditation and summing up the walk with God, serving Him and people.

The service began with praise and worship to God. The Levites with a special anointing sang psalms and raised their voices to God. After the worship some touchy event took place – public announcement of a proposed marriage. A brother and a sister in Christ, ministering in the Levites’ team, received the pastor’s and the church’s blessing for family-raising.

Children participated in the service: they recited poems, sang a song and even performed a skit. Praise God for the rising generation of God’s servants!

The sermon of the senior pastor of Harvest Church Sergei Gorbenko made us think, what fruit each one of us creates for God’s Kingdom. Pastor Sergei reminded about the first love: “Remember how easy it was to forgive, how eager you were to come to the House of God to pray, how sincere you were praising God. Can you identify the same feelings and motives in your heart now? You are your own heart’s guard. And it is your decision to follow God, serve Him, love Him, dedicate your life to Him that your salvation depends on”. The pastor mentioned five basics of the harvest in his sermon. Harvest is the law of God’s care (Gen. 1:11–13); law of mighty and spiritual life (Gal. 6:7–9); law of financial ministry (2 Cor. 9:6, 7; Prov. 11:24, 25); law of grateful heart (Deut. 6:10, 12); the true harvest is hidden in people’s salvation (Jer. 8: 19-20; John 4:35, 36; Mt. 13:39; Rev. 14:15).

The law of sowing and reaping that God was talking about did not fade in importance in our days. Jesus is the Lord of the harvest, who is looking for the doers, followers, faithful ministers. He said, “Whatever a man sows, this he will also reap.” Let us sow the Word of God to the people’s hearts, sow an intensified prayer into our own lives and our brothers’ and sisters’ lives, sow our gratefulness to God for all His wonderful work! And we will certainly reap the good in our life, for our God is faithful, promising blessings to those who love Him to thousands!

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BARNAUL (RUSSIA) – On the 31st of October, protestant churches of Altai region triumphantly and joyfully celebrated the 500th Anniversary of Reformation. There’s a good tradition in Barnaul to celebrate Days of Christian unity. They’re usually celebrated on November 4 – national holiday of unity. But this time the festive service was timed to the outstanding anniversary of Reformation celebration.

Christians from churches of different denominations – Pentecostals, Baptists, Lutherans – gathered at the largest hall of Barnaul in the evening of October 31. The hall was filled with remarkable presence of God and atmosphere of unity and joy. The program consisted of worship, prayer, video clips on the history of Reformation in Europe and its meaning for the contemporary Church and society. During the service the welcome speech of the Head Bishop of the Russian Church of Christians of Evangelical Faith Edward Grabovenko was presented.

Collection according to the subject was exhibited in the lobby. Besides, in the lobby the wooden gates were installed, and a brother dressed like Martin Luther was standing by them with a hammer. The spot has become popular for taking pictures: many people wanted a picture with a famous Reformer by the church gates, with the famous Theses in German, nailed down to them.

At the service an idea that emerged at one of monthly pastors meetings, was announced. The backbone of the idea is to erect a monument in Barnaul to the first protestants in Altai, who played a crucial part in industrial and cultural development of Barnaul and Altai region in the 18th and 19th centuries. The application for allocating a place for the monument has been submitted to the city administration. It was signed by 16 pastors from Barnaul and several well-known public figures, who supported the idea.

The celebration of the Reformation anniversary has finished, but, as it was said at the service, the idea of Reformation should further be refreshed and affirmed in our churches and our hearts.

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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. 



Global Alliance of Intentional Disciple Making Churches
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No. 2 Kallang Avenue
#10-26 CT HUB
Singapore 339407
(Tel) +65 68926811


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.

The Russian Church of Christians of Evangelical Faith

MOSCOW (RUSSIA) - In 2018, Russia will host FIFA World Cup. On December 13–15, a meeting of the coordinating council of the Alliance of sports ministries was held in Moscow. The purpose of the meeting was preparation for the championship. During the event evangelical churches will organize activities related to engage teenagers and young people into a healthy lifestyle.