Russia is the largest country in the world and spans nine time zones. When the U.S.S.R. crumbled, new nations were born—most of them seeking meaning to life, answers to global questions, struggle for power, and the role of government and religion. Despite the hopes for a new nation, they have experienced a high rate of unemployment and economic instability.
While the new constitution of Russia permits the freedom of religion, the Russian Orthodox Church still enjoys a comfortable role in guiding policy on churches, church planting, and missionaries often opposing evangelicals. There has been minimal investment in formal biblical training and seminaries. Most teaching still remains informal and centered around the largest cities—leaving many pastors far from the training, the resources, and the fellowship they need to grow spiritually. There is a strong call for pastoral training materials in the Russian language.
More on ministry to Russian-speaking countries here.
Today many pastors are struggling to adapt to a post-Christian and other oppositional culture without abandoning orthodox theology. How do we communicate the concepts of grace and substitutionary atonement in our globalized culture and context?
In Center Church, Timothy Keller offers challenging insights and provocative questions based on over twenty years of ministry in New York City. This book outlines a theological vision for ministry - applying classic doctrines to our time and place - organized around three core commitments:
Gospel-centered: The gospel of grace in Jesus Christ changes everything, from our hearts to our community to the world. It completely reshapes the content, tone and strategy of all that we do.
City-centered: With a positive approach toward our culture, we learn to affirm that cities are wonderful, strategic and underserved places for gospel ministry.
Movement-centered: Instead of building our own tribe, we seek the prosperity and peace of our community as we are led by the Holy Spirit.
Largest Russian Speaking Populations: Russia, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Israel, United States
Population: 140,041,000 99%
First Language Russian Speakers: 99.4%
Literacy Rate (Internet users 59.7M; growing 1,826% per decade)
(Statistics are from Operation World, World Factbook, IWS)
Resource Title: Center Church by Timothy Keller
Quantity: 3,000 copies
Format: Softcover Book
In Lumine exists to spread Christ exalting, God-centered, gospel based resources in the Russian and Ukrainian languages in order to strengthen the church, deepen the faith of Christians, and increase their knowledge of God that Christ would be reflected in all areas of life.
We desire to use all forms of media to advance a God-centered view of the Christian life throughout Ukraine and Russia.
Redeemer City to City helps recruit, train, coach and fund national church planters working in trans-denominational church planting networks in more than 60 global cities, with the hope of seeing these networks multiply churches, become self-sustaining and bring the gospel to bear on their city.