Current time is crucial for post-soviet churches of Eurasia. It is now that they are able to use their national experience and carry out an expert evaluation of the church impact in God’s work that is growing and increasing. Therefore, Mission Eurasia took the initiative to launch a research project that would combine experience of national experts in order to identify substantial indicators of growth of Evangelical Churches in the post-soviet countries.
We are delighted to present the first results of our large-scale analysis of national mission initiatives of evangelical churches and ministries of Eurasia. From these results, you will see not only challenges and difficulties, but also … Eще
a plethora of opportunities. The church is growing and ministries are continuing. The main prospects depend, first of all, on local, creative initiatives and secondly, on effective international partnerships. We hope that this research will stimulate the expansion of national ministries and will inspire Christians from other parts of the world!
20th century was a great trial for post-soviet churches. Many of them did not survive, while others have changed beyond recognition. In the 21st century evangelical missionaries of Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, and Moldova face the same problems, although countries go their separate ways. However, openness of the churches, their ability to go «beyond the walls» of their own congregations and denominations — these are the basis for future revivals. Courage of preachers and their national character define the unique image of every Christian church to the glory of God. Thus this book is about that future.
Roman Lunkin, Sociologist of religion, Director of the Center for Study of Religion and Society, Institute of Europe, Russian Academy of Science
This research is the first attempt to evaluate national outreach initiatives of post-soviet evangelical churches, to investigate their religious and social potential, to find the most perspective models of relations between church, society, and state. Among the undeniable benefits of the book one can name large geographic and confessional range of the research, its impartiality, high level of expert evaluation, and practical orientation. I believe, this book will become a reliable help both for analysts and experts, specializing in trends and dynamics of development of the contemporary evangelical protestantism, and for practical ministers, who sincerely look for viable models to create influential missional congregations and projects.
Roman Soloviy, Director of the Research Center of Euro-Asian Accreditation Association
Who knows more about post-Soviet evangelicals than the post-Soviet evangelicals themselves? This ambitious and wide-ranging study achieves its stated goal of «draw[ing] Eurasia into the world map of missions.» It is an important resource for anyone interested in a vast and diverse part of the world.
Mary Raber, Lecturer at Odessa Theological Seminary, Missionary
Издатель: «Миссия Евразия», 2017 год