The Ukrainian church is ministering to people who are living in a war zone. With civil war raging in Eastern Ukraine, the evangelical church has responded by providing much needed food, shelter and hope to those in need. Like the Good Samaritan, the evangelical Ukrainian churches are offering helping hands to people regardless of their religious background or affiliation. And, perhaps as a result, the church is growing. The bishop of the Pentecostal church in Eastern Europe told me that during this conflict, the number of churches they have in the conflict region has increased from 40 to 100. In the face of war, people are coming to Christ and deepening their faith.
Now is the time that the church needs pastors and church leaders who can understand and competently communicate the hope and certainty found in the Scriptures. CrossTalk Global is excited to be meeting this need with the launch of a new cohort in November, 2016. This cohort is not only meeting the needs of pastors, it is demonstrating the viability of CrossTalk’s educational model. Dr. Kent Edwards shares his excitement about this new cohort,
One of the ways CrossTalk Global stands apart from other mission organizations is our investment of 240 hours of in-person education in each student. After that training is completed, we then select the ‘best of the best’ of our students to receive the additional training and mentoring necessary to equip their cultural peers.
We are following the instructions that the Apostle Paul gave to Timothy: “the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others (2 Tim. 2:2 NIV). And it is working.
During the past two weeks of my teaching, I had three ‘best of the best’ of our Oradea, Romania graduates helping me. And it was amazing. Stefi, Cristi and Sorin were able to help fellow pastors and church leaders peer to peer…without significant language or cultural barriers. With their help we were able to divide our 26 Ukrainian pastors into three preaching groups, so that when they delivered their two practice sermons, they could do so without language barriers, and in a context that allowed them to receive the feedback they needed to improve.
With four well-equipped teachers, our Ukrainian cohort received one of the best educational opportunities anywhere. And the progress these godly men made in just two weeks was
astonishing. Stefi Carlescu, one of our Apprentice Instructors (and a leading Romanian entrepreneur) was so encouraged by what he has seen, that he compared CrossTalk to Uber and AirBNB. In the field of pastoral education, he said, “CrossTalk Global is a disruptive innovation that is providing churches around the world with a more effective and cost effective alternative to equipping church leaders”.