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RU-Bap-E · 14. February 2020
A Congregation with Much to Offer ---------------------------------------------------------------- The Baptist „Church of Peace“ in Kaliningrad B e r l i n – On festive occasions at Kaliningrad/Russia’s Baptist church, one is reminded of the best of times back in the former USSR. Then, as many as 600 persons crowd into the “Church of Peace”; a four-part choir hails forth; children and women recite poetry and sing. Two or three sermons are to be expected; adult males and children are...
RU-Bap-E · 06. December 2019
Life on the Edge of the Baptist Umbrella ---------------------------------------------------------- A One-Time Exception is Becoming the Rule M o s c o w -- A significant exodus from Russia’s Baptist Union (RUECB) has been in process every since the rule of Mikhail Gorbachev. Membership has dropped from over a million to roughly 70.000 – due though in part to the creation of national churches following the breakup of the USSR. But this has also been accompanied by a movement toward the...
RU-Bap-E · 24. May 2018
No Longer in Limbo ---------------------------------------------------- The „Euro-Asian Federation of Unions of Evangelical Christians-Baptists“ is back in business M o s c o w -- After four years in limbo, the „Euro-Asian Federation of Unions of Evangelical Christians-Baptists“ (EAF) appears to have roared back into existence. Between 9 and 16 April it hosted a Jerusalem gathering of nearly 80 delegates from countries stretching all the way from the USA to Tadzhikistan. The Russian...
RU-Bap-E · 24. May 2018
Good for Surprises after All ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Peter Mitskevich New President of the Russian Union of Evangelical Christians-Baptists M o s c o w -- On 22 March, at the national, Moscow convention of the Russian Union of Evangelical Christians-Baptists (RUECB), Peter Valterovich Mitskevich was elected its president. He succeeds Alexey Smirnov, who served as President for two terms beginning in 2010. Peter Mitskevich (born 1959)...
RU-Bap-E · 11. May 2017
Baptist Developments in Moscow ------------------------------------------------------------- Vitaly Vlasenko Resigns as “Foreign Minister” of Russia’s Baptist Union M o s c o w -- In mid-March, Rev. Vitaly Vlasenko resigned as the Russian Union of Evangelical Christians-Baptists’ “Director for External Church Affairs”. He had held this position since 2006. One issue of controversy was financial practice, but insiders claim the reasons for his resignation are more complex than that....
RU-Bap-E · 20. June 2016
Not Finished Off Yet -------------------------------------------------- Conversation with a Baptist pastor in Moscow S m o l e n s k – „It’s gotten lonely among us.“ That was the conclusion of a conversation punctuated by air hammers and howling motorcycles at the Moscow subway station “Okhotny Ryad” near the entrance to Red Square on 2 June. My Russian partner was a Baptist pastor involved in the dealings of his church and country over the past 40 years. According to him,...
RU-Bap-E · 04. June 2014
Russia’s Baptist Union has a New “Number Two” -------------------------------------------------------------------- 34th Russian Baptist congress held in St. Petersburg M o s c o w -- The Russian Union of Evangelical Christians-Baptists has a new senior vice-president: Sergey Sipko. At the every-fourth-year congress, which took place this time in St. Petersburg from 28 to 30 May, Alexey Smirnov was also elected for an additional four years as the Union’s president. According to the...
RU-Bap-E · 11. April 2013
Alexey Smirnov on Track for Re-Election ------------------------------------------------------------- On Baptist and other developments in Moscow M o s c o w -- The Russian Union of Evangelical Christians-Baptists’ “Union Council” has voted to propose that Alexey Smirnov be re-elected to a second term as RUECB-President at the next national Congress. No second candidate is to be proposed. The vote occurred at the Council’s bi-annual sessions in Moscow from 27 to 29 March; the RUECB’s...
RU-Bap-E · 30. September 2011
Pastors Need Personal Counselling Too ----------------------------------------------------------------------- Seminar on counselling for Russia’s Baptist pastors M o s c o w – Pastors versed in counselling are themselves also in need of counselling. They too can become mired in conflicts and be subjected to serious temptation. They too need to be built up and encouraged. Pastor Olaf Kormannshaus noted this at a seminar held by the Russian Union of Evangelical Christians-Baptists’ (RUECB)...
RU-Bap-E · 20. September 2011
Following Your Ears to Church -------------------------------------------------------------- Comparing three of Moscow’s newest Baptist congregations Report M o s c o w -- Russia is famous for doing without signs or route pointers. That’s especially true (voluntarily or otherwise) of Protestant meeting places. 1. One very young Moscow congregation has solved the problem in a unique fashion. All it takes to locate “Moscow City Church” (MCC) is to follow one’s ears into Hotel Milan in...

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