RUSSIA AND BELARUS 2022
Sergey Naboychenko – BMI Regional Director for Russia
Sergey Drozd – BMI Belarus Ministry Partner
Ivan Kozorezov – BMI Russia Ministry Partner
MENTORING RELATIONSHIPS: a key priority
BMI has been involved in Russia and Belarus for many years; Russia for over 30 years! In both Russia and Belarus our partners make it a priority to intentionally and personally disciple other Christian leaders. For example, Ivan is building the ministry of his entire church around the ministry of mentorship. Twice a year he leads special training workshops for the leaders of his church. They in turn invest into the members of their congregation. Sergey Naboychenko is mentoring a group of local pastors and church leaders as well as a young businessmen. The goal of these mentoring relationships is for each Christian to mentor others and so on, and so on.
SEVEN STEPS TRAINING: in high demand and keeps growing
Training conferences on the Seven Steps of Christian Living remain in high demand in Russia and Belarus, and is a top ministry priority for our partners. Sergey Naboychenko is a true leader in this effort. He personally travels all over Russia bringing the training to remote areas of Siberia, North and Far East. An important focus area of this training ministry is follow up on the leaders who have been trained. Sergey hand picks the most talented among them and continues to invest in their leadership formation.
BTMP: an example of partnership with seminaries
Sergey Drozd is the vice president of Minsk Theological Seminary. We have partnered with him since 2012. Sergey integrated Seven Steps of Christian Living and Encountering Christ to the curriculum of the seminary. Now, Seven Steps is a core course for all seminary students. To be effective in the training, the seminary even hired a young professor who is dedicated specifically
to training on mentorship. Not only the students listen to lectures, they are required to work with a personal mentor between the sessions, and they also have specialized workshops. Encountering Christ has become a special 2 credit hour course on Christology. It is taught by recognized Byelorussian pastors who had earlier been trained by Dr. Burnham.
Recently BMI has been focusing on developing women ministries training on discipleship in Russia. Sergey Naboychenko’s wife, Dianna, has been very effective in leading it. She personally trains women leaders in her regional Baptist association. She is also modeling it by personally mentoring young women. Dianna, in turn, is being mentored by BMI Women’s Ministries
Director for Eastern Europe, Nadia Morokhovets.
TECHNOLOGY AND YOUR FAMILY: in high demand
Technology and Your Family is a rather unique course for BMI. We wrote it to help young Christian families make wise decisions on the use of technology in their families and with their children. This course quickly became one of our most popular ones internationally. Sergey Naboychenko, who himself has an impressive background in technology and aerospace engineering, leads the training all over Russia. He is a frequent speaker on the subject at multiple conferences and workshops.