Christian Open Academy (COA) is an educational project of evangelical communities from Ukraine and Belarus. It aims to spread a holistic biblical worldview in intellectual and social spheres while fostering humanistic knowledge. It utilizes networks of Christian leaders to implement practical projects that embody Christian values in different aspects of life.
The COA project is designed to provide answers to national and global challenges. It focuses on the formation of Christian intelligentsia capable to disseminate academic paradigms of humanities that influence culture and national processes. The project should help the young local Evangelical Church, which is just beginning to form its own institutions for dialogue with society and not to follow the left-liberal path, but to lay strong foundations on the biblical worldview and traditional Christian values.
Out of 30 lecturers there are the best apologists and Christian thinkers of our time, authors of dozens of books. Among them there are John Lennox, Os Guinness, Waine Grudem, Bobb Biehl, Gabriele Kuby, Glenn Sunshine and other outstanding teachers of the West. And from Ukrainian side, we have professionals and experienced lecturers, including professors of Ostroh Academy and many of the most influential Christian leaders in Eastern Europe.
Christians for Ukraine is a media project that was created to promote the Biblical worldview of all aspects of the society. Church, family, history, economy, culture, language, politics, education, environment are the main focus of our work. We provide the Christian interpretation of the events and phenomena that occur in these areas. It is important that the final consumer of the product would form a comprehensive Biblical worldview.
The Christian concept of patriotism and the focus on public ministry dimension – this is the specifics of our work the relevance of which is obvious due to the complicated military and political situation in our country. We see the urgent need for God's answers to the relevant questions in our nation. Therefore, God and public demand determine a new type of Christian ministry, built on the openness to dialogue with society and the active resolute actions of the Christians. For this calling one has to be competent and prepared, ready for self-education and active assistance to each other, able to fill in those gaps in knowledge that arose due to the lack of our understanding of the necessity of public ministry.
Christ said to his disciples: "You are the salt of the earth. You are the light of the world" Matthew 5, 13-14. The church for its intended purpose must be the forefront of the society and should provide the righteous standards for the various areas of life.
Christians for Ukraine International Intitiative is a charity project as a response of Christians from various countries to the challenges of Russian invasion of Ukraine. It is a network of community leaders, donors, managers, volunteers and other people of good will. Under the initiative “Christians for Ukraine”, the following companies cooperate: Eastern Europe Reformation Foundation, churches and Christian communities from Poland, churches and Christian organizations from Ukraine, associations of Ukrainian chaplains, Korea Food for the Hungry International, churches from the United States and Christian organizations from the Western and Central Europe.
The Christians for Ukraine International Initiative has started its work in two directions:
- From West to East. Collecting humanitarian aid in Poland and delivering it to the people in Ukraine. Both civilians and territorial defense forces have a great need for first aid, warm clothing, hygiene parcels, and medicines. These items will be delivered specially to the regions where there is already a humanitarian crisis or this crisis is brewing.
- From East to West. Welcoming refugees from Ukraine in Poland for temporary shelter or longer stay. We are helping meet all the material and spiritual needs of these people.
Eastern European Leadership Forum is one of the largest forums in Eastern Europe for christian leaders. The first Eastern European Leadership Forum (EELF) took place in 2011. It is a subsidiary of the European Leadership Forum, which has a strong influence and tradition in Western European Christianity. Since its foundation, the Forum has become the annual event that includes the projects throughout the year.
The Forum goal is to spread the principles of the Kingdom of God in all spheres of life of our nations. It is a forum for uniting, equipping and resourcing evangelical leaders to build nations according to God's standards.
Our focus is to spread understanding of God's model of politics, patriotism, economics, culture, media and other spheres.
The uniqueness of the Forum is that it raises topics that not only analyze current, often difficult issues that the Church needs to understand today, but also try to look into the future, discovering possible challenges that the Church will face in one or several decades.
The 500th Anniversary of the Reformation celebration in Ukraine. 2017 was unique in the history of Evangelical Church in Ukraine. Almost all the evangelical denominations united to celebrate the 500th anniversary of Reformation. Starting from spring 2016 till the end of 2017 thousands of different educational, outreach, media and other projects were organized.
Eastern European Reformation Ministry, having 16 years of experience in carrying out projects connected to the Reformation in Eastern Europe, played a key role in celebrating the anniversary. Our team members spoke at 11 academic conferences and gave lectures at universities, presenting the topic of the Reformation. The speakers participated in 13 conferences about Reformation for government officials, educators and active social communities. More than 100 sermons and lectures about Reformation were shared by the preachers of Eastern European Reformation Ministry for christian audience.
Media projects played a key role in celebration of the anniversary of the Reformation in Ukraine. The resources of the Eastern European Reformation Ministry provided various materials on the subject of the Reformation on a daily basis. We prepare daily short articles on a topic of what took place on this day in history of Protestant churches. As of February 2018, we’ve got about 400 of such articles. Christian Vision Ministry created 24 one-minute videos about the Reformation based on our texts. Videos are broadcast on Christian and secular TV channels.
We have implemented a number of publishing projects dedicated to the history of the Reformation and the impact of the biblical worldview on the life of nations.
A special website was created by our team with the history and fruits of the Reformation 500 program in Ukraine.
- Our activities as a part of R500
Podil club is a worldview discussion club. The club aims to spread the Christian worldview among students, but it is not limited to and includes people who need rational arguments in favor of faith. The main message of the project: Help the believers to think, and the thinkers to believe! We are raising a variety of current issues from the field of culture, art, history, science, social, and political life.
The format of the club involves lectures and discussion sessions, talk show and World Café approaches. The authoritative experts and opinion leaders are invited as the speakers. Club meetings in different years were held in Kyiv on the territory of the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Drahomanov University, different sites of Kyiv evangelical churches.
One of the activities of the club is an excursion project.
University tours. In view of the fact that a large number of modern Ukrainian universities are strongly influenced by neo-Marxist ideas, we see this to be crucial to offer the students an ideological alternative. For this sake we invite Western scholars to have lecture tours at Ukrainian universities. The University is a place where a new elite is formed today that will determine our tomorrow. We invest in the intellectual ministry to prevent the secular context of our future.
We organized tours of the following Western professors and thinkers in Ukrainian universities: Bruce Little, Stefan Gustavsson, Daryl McCarthy, Terry McCarthy, Bruce Anderson and Jim Davids. Also has been established the participation of academics from the United States in the academic process of the National University Ostroh Academy.