07 Nov 2012
"What's the purpose of your ministry?"
That's the question Innovista's Anatoliy asked some pastors of traditional churches recently. And what did they answer?
"To build good choirs"
For years in Ukraine, numerous churches have attempted to share Jesus with those around them through choir singing. And whilst this may have worked at one stage, the first generation of young adults born in the post-Soviet era are not hearing the gospel in a way that is meaningful to them.
But a group of young leaders meeting in Kiev are learning together how they can better reach those around them with the hope of Jesus in ways that make sense in their unique contexts.
Vadim, 28, leads a church in Crimea, Southern Ukraine. Last month he travelled from his home in Crimea to be a part of Innovista's Tempo group in Kiev.
That's a 500 mile journey. Each way.
As the crow flies, he's closer to Istanbul or Bucharest.
Tempo offers an in-depth practical mission-focused training experience. For a young leader like Vadim, who was called back early from his studies to take over the reins of his church when American missionaries returned home, this ongoing investment can prove to be invaluable as he brings hope to those in his context.
Innovista love helping pioneering young leaders like Vadim to engage with their local culture so that the message of hope that they bring makes sense to those they serve.
Vadim (pictured) is leading forms of mission that are meeting deeply felt needs in his community. He says, "We have an English club that gathers 13-17 people from our church and their friends, co-workers and family members. We try to participate in the life of our city and our neighbourhood through different projects, be that gathering leaves in an orphanage or picking up trash on our street." Vadim and his team also host monthly movie discussions, opening up to the local community the opportunity to watch a film and discuss the gospel themes that run through it.
Innovista love helping pioneering young leaders like Vadim to engage with their local culture so that the message of hope that they bring makes sense to those they serve. Tempo groups held in Kiev, Lviv and other parts of Europe are enabling people and communities to be given credible gospel opportunities as young leaders are equipped to be effective in leading local mission
"Tempo will help me and my team to think about our strategy for reaching those in our community," says Vadim.
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