KOSTOMUKSHA (RUSSIA) – Kostomuksha is a town covered with snow in the middle of pine woods in the north of Karelia. The local church has for several years been accepting the participants of Karelian youth conference.
From January 3rd to 6th 120 kids from cities and towns of Karelia came to the youth Christian conference called “Forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead” to be encouraged and built up by senior ministers.
At the conference pastors and youth leaders of Karelian churches were ministering: Daniel Andreev (Petrozavodsk), Vladimir Kostin (Kalevala), Vasily Grudov (Pyaozeorny) and pastor of Kostomuksha church Oleg Ignatyuk. The guest speaker was Anna Shpakova, youth pastor from Pskov Emmanuel Church.
During these days, seminars on evangelism, healthy life style, femininity and masculinity were conducted. The participants split into creative teams and prepared a Cheerful and sharp-witted club show. Worship teams from Petrozavodsk and Kostomuksha led the youth in praise and worship. The youth spent days of the conference in fellowship with each other and the Holy Spirit. At one of the evening services several young people committed their lives to Jesus, and some were baptized with the Holy Spirit.
According to youth minister Tatyiana Grudova from Pyaozerny Church, many kids came from small Karelian towns. For them to learn to the word of God, to worship and pray with so many young people has become a great encouragement and blessing.
Youth ministry of the Russian Church of Christians of Evangelical faith in North-Western Federal District
PERM (RUSSIA) – During New Year holidays, on January 3rd through 6th, a long-awaited youth conference LIVE took place in Perm. More than 700 young people from 80 cities and towns of our country came to the conference with a single purpose – to get closer to God and obtain a new direction for their lives.
Among speakers were such preachers as Anatoliy Moklyak, pastor of the Harvest Church (Kostanai, Kazakhstan), Viktor Lavrinenko, youth pastor of the Church of XXI Century (Saint-Petersburg), Alexander Khudyakov, head of youth ministry department of the Russian Church of Christians of Evangelical Faith, youth pastor of the New Testament Church (Perm), David Grabovenko (coordinator for the Youth One Year for Jesus project (Perm).
All days of the conference were special for the youth, who came to spiritually grow and adopt experience from the older generation. Worship music, vocal, financial awareness, motivation, missions, premarital relationships were the topics of workshops at the conference. A discrete role was designated to the international mission talk show, where young people, who just came back from mission trips, were sharing their experience and inspiring others to join them to “go to the end of the Earth”. The sermons of the preachers started differently, but all of them ended with the same message to the youth – be quick to find out your calling and bring to life God’s dream. The final point of the conference was a talk show with pastors of Perm New Testament Church Edward Grabovenko, Pavel Khuda and Alexander Khudyakov, where they shared stories of their lives and gave comprehensive answers to the youth’s questions.
The “Oh, my God” talent show has become an integral part of LIVE conference, providing opportunities to the participants to spend the leisure time profitably and praise God by their talents.
Many participants of the conference shared that they experienced special God’s presence and the touch of the Holy Spirit.
Irina Kazakova, Izhevsk: “Cool conference: some great preparation is at once apparent both in prayer and in organization, and an amazing family feeling! I wish the sermons would never end”.
Ksenia Redkina, Kirov: “Every time I come to LIVE Conference, I receive something new, I cheer up with the positive and receive a boost for further development. Thanks to this conference I begin to make decisions to grow spiritually and change the living principles. And when I see other guys in the ministry, I feel a great desire to help my church and develop the gifts that God has given me”.
Maxim Nikandrov, Blagoveschensk: “LIVE 2018 – is a meeting with old friends who work in different cities and towns of our country and a chance to meet new people. It’s a quality but at the same time very simple word from trustworthy and respectful ministers. It’s a family time”.
Photos of the Conference https://vk.com/liventc
LIVE Christian Youth Movement
The New Testament Church
KRASNOYARSK (RUSSIA) – On January 3rd through 5th Christian youth conference “Heroes of 2018” took place in Krasnoyarsk. About 200 people from different cities and towns gathered at a concert hall ‘Rain Studio’. The event organizer was the religious group the Church of Christians of Evangelical Faith ‘Heavenly culture’ of Krasnoyarsk.
The conference began with the sermon of bishop Maxim Usachev. This year five speakers were preaching: pastor of the Risen Christ the Savior Church of Abakan Vladimir Kobozov, pastor of the Salvation in Christ Church of Krasnoyarsk, head of youth movement of Krasnoyarsk Association of the Russian Church of Christians of Evangelical Faith Dmitri Dolgopolov, pastor of the Covenant of Christ Church of Krasnoyarsk Vasiliy Pigeev, bishop of Krasnoyarsk Association of the Russian Church of Christians of Evangelical Faith Maxim Usachev, senior pastor of the Word of Life Church of Orenburg, business trainer Vitaly Bushter.
Four workshops took place: “Wisdom of priority management and the hero’s time”, “Effective thinking” (Vitaly Bushter), “True love waits” (youth pastor of Christian Life Church of Krasnoyarsk Andrei Yelovikov), “Implementation of social projects” (Alexei Rudykh).
n anticipation of Christmas on January 4, a concert took place, where “Боttuчелли” show ballet and “Paraclete” rock band (Bratsk) participated. In the morning of that day there was a Prayer breakfast where participants reflected on God’s Word.
During the three days we heard many testimonies of healings, Holy Spirit baptism, forgiveness of sins and many more. It should be mentioned that in the “room of the supernatural” true miracles happened: young people received prophecies over their lives and opened their hearts for God. The final evening of the conference was Praise and Worship night. Praise is a great power: no matter what we face, what troubles we have to go through – praise is the answer. That night the hearts of the youth lit up even more, and we believe that since that moment they will serve God with even greater desire and bring fruit.
More details and photos of the conference: https://vk.com./heroconf
Youth Ministry of the Krasnoyarsk Association of Evangelical Christians
PERM (RUSSIA) – The second group of Youth ministry leaders’ school graduated in Perm on November 11th and 12th at the New Testament Church. New youth ministry leaders and two trainers who trained the churches in Solikamsk, Nyagan and Blagoveschensk, were prepared.
The graduates shared testimonies about how the school changed them and equipped them for the youth ministry. Alexander Khudyakov, pastor and the youth ministry leader for the Russian Church of Christians of Evangelical Faith said that he was satisfied with the training process. Together with leaders of the youth ministry in Perm they adapted the curriculum for their situation and recruited the third group. Very soon the graduates of the training will be grouped into the teams and will be sent to share their experience with the youth in other churches and cities of our country. I believe and I know that the input into equipping the new leaders is the most effective thing of what we’re able to do in order to develop the youth ministry in Russia.
Youth Ministry School Project Coordinator
KALININGRAD (RUSSIA) – On November 4, young people from different churches of the Kaliningrad regional association of the Russian Church of Evangelical Christians gathered in Sovetsk. There a conference was held practicing methods of preaching the Gospel to young people who do not know Christ as Savior.
A local church in Sovetsk opened its doors for youth. On this day they had an opportunity gave an opportunity to hear the inspiring word from God. Approximately 60 participants were waiting for God's move.
Speakers of the conference were youth ministry leader of the Emmanuel Church of Kaliningrad Artem Ananiev, representative of the youth mission department Pavel Koryakin, pastor of the Love of Christ Church of Kaliningrad Pavel Savin, They preached the word about the Cross as the center of the Gospel, about the Great Commandment and Great Commission of Jesus Christ, about the blessing and support of God for those who faithfully serve Him.
From hearing, participants immediately went to practice, gooing to the streets of the city and conducting a social survey that determined interests, life position and popular places of leisure for young people. As a result of the received data, an image of a young person in the city of Sovetsk was made up.
At the conference there were worship groups of Kaliningrad churches Emmanuel and Recovery Center. The first opened the conference, and the second closed, holding an evening of praise and worship.
The Russian Church of Christians of Evangelical Faith
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.
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)