The Purpose of the Moscow Evangelical Christian Seminary
“Due to 70 years of Communist Captivity (1917-1987), it is reckoned 200,000 Christian leaders were martyred and a further 500,000 imprisoned. There were 100,000 church - owned buildings in 1920. By 1940, only 1000 were in use by Christians, the rest being seized or destroyed. This means over 90% of Russians have no meaningful link with a church.” (Operation World Encyclopedia, the 21st Century Edition.)
In order to reach this 90%, we need to continue training ministers for Russia and the former Soviet Union. So how do we go about this?
In 1993, the Moscow Seminary was established. The seminary is an evangelical conservative school with an excellent history of training ministers. It trains students from Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, and Russia (by itself – an eleven time zones country). The Moscow Seminary produces a fruit worthy of the Lord. Of 297 graduates: 15% are full time pastors, 43% are bi-vocational pastors, 24% are on staff at parachurch organizations, and 6% are missionaries!
Our prayer is to continue in this trend, training more and more servants for Christ. The cost of training a student-minister at the Moscow Seminary is NZ$6,000 per year (for three years). This sum (or any share of it– every little bit helps!) is a serious investment. If you feel God stirring in your heart to help, please consider the following:
It costs 7 times less to train a minister in Russia than in the abroad and 12 times less than sending a missionary to Russia.
Statistically, 9 out of 10 students sent to the abroad to study will not return to Russia.
When the student graduates and plants a church, hundreds of people come to Jesus Christ.
Not only do local student-ministers know the local language, customs, and culture but also they travel freely without the need to obtain passport and visa, giving them great advantage over foreign missionaries as locals will carry on with the Gospel even if the Iron Curtain comes back.
“The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Therefore beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest." (Matthew 9:37-38)
To advance the Gospel in Russia and the former Soviet Union through the Moscow Seminary please contact us for more information on how to get involved.