After an opening song, by Boris Berezhnoy, a sermon was delivered by Viktor Zaitsev, regional head of UECB in the Far East. He emphasized that good healthy relationships between believers is one of the factors that the Church can influence their communities. Love and good relations in the church are a powerful tool for influencing society.
After this, historian and teacher Vladimir Popov spoke, identifying several principles in the ministry of Ivan Prokhanov in his message entitled, “God’s Call to Prokhanov”:
Michael Johnson, President of the Slavic Gospel Association, spoke on the history of SGA and the ministry today. In 1934, Slavic Gospel Society began with a young Soviet immigrant to the United States, Peter Deyneka, who became a follower of Christ through the mission of Dwight Moody. The basic principle of his ministry was: Much prayer – Much power.
Today, CEO has several areas of service:
A message was given from Moscow’s Russian Bible Church pastor, Eugene Bakhmutsky entitled, "Christians in front of society." In it, he expounded on the prophet Daniel’s example, identifying three principles of the life of a Christian, so he can influence society:
After Bakhmutsky’s message, a Q&A time was held to discuss a few questions. The panel included Peter Mitskevich, Eugene Bakhmutsky and Igor Kuznetsov. The following questions were raised:
In one of the closing messages, UECB Vice President, Viktor Ignatenkov, highlighted some important aspects of serving the church in modern society:
The conference ended with a seminar especially for sisters “How a Christian woman can influence society.” The head of the UECB Youth Department, Vitaly Zanin also held a round table discussion on youth work, where youth leaders discussed several relevant ministry issues:
As a side note, everyone had the opportunity to take part in an excursion to the Levashov Memorial Cemetery to see the monument erected to evangelical Baptist Christians who died during the years of mass repression, which was conducted by Alexei Sinichkin.