Reformed Seminary, College, Free Sermons, Scholarly Resources, and Overseas Missions Opportunities
Considered a superpower at one time, and certainly a country of significant influence, Russia is an important center for influence in Europe and Asia, even around the world. With the downfall of communism, and its replacement by a more docile form of socialism, Russia has opened its doors to the influence of the Gospel for a while. How long this will last remains to be seen.
However, tensions are great for a multitude of reasons in this giant land. Adding to its problems are the vast number of Christian “missionaries” of all varieties, most promoting Arminian theologies with an emphasis on decisions. While God is clearly working in the midst of this chaos; nevertheless, the Russian Orthodox Church has used the ensuing shallowness to seek restrictions on “outsiders,” resulting in a new law in 1997, which has seriously restricted certain religious activities. They have been emboldened to ask for this due to the return of many from the “evangelical” ranks, back to Russian Orthodoxy, and the many complaints about the tactics of itinerant foreign missionaries.
One of the primary efforts at ministry in Russia at present is RCM's setting up a Russian language website, which is slotted for public debut sometime early 2009. In addition to this, RCM's director has a seat on the board of the Slavic Gospel Society which operates a Reformed Seminary in St. Petersburg.
Below is information on RCM's colleagues in Russia who we pray for and seek to assist with various projects, especially those educational in nature.
Union of Evangelical
Reformed Churches of Russia
Pastor Eugene Kashirsky and members of the Reformed Evangelical Church in Tver, Russia. This congregation, along with the Moscow congregation were the first Reformed Churches in recent Russian history and began in 1991.
St. Petersburg Congregation
Pastor Mikhail Poluboyarinov is the pastor of the St. Petersburg Congregation of the Union of Evangelical Reformed Churches. This congregation is a merger between a traditional Russian church and a church that was started by Korean missionaries amongst Korean people living in Russia.
No pictures are currently available from this congregation.
Mission Objectives of our Colleagues in Russia