The mission of United Methodist Church is to make disciples for the transformation of the world, just following the great commission of Jesus: «make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you» (Mathew 28:19-20). Jesus Christ spent three years teaching his disciples. His first disciples were making other disciples. All christians nowaday are the disciples making disciples. The structure of the church, ministry of committees and councils are designed to help the church to fulfil this commission.
Every year the appointments, councils and committees are reviewed to insure a positive change for bringing growth and development in the areas of evangelism, education, management and social ministries.
The appointments and decisions made at the 2019 Annual Conferences came into effect in September 2019.
Natalia Prokhorova has finished her term as a District Superintended of Volga District and continues to serve as a pastor of Samara UMC.She was also appointed to be a Director of Discipleship in Eurasia UMC. She is now responsible for management, creation and publishing study materials on Bible, Christian teachings, Methodist beliefs.
It is crucial to make our teachings comprehensible and encouraging not only for experienced ministers, but also for new Methodists.
The newly ordained District Superintendent of Volga District – Alexander Vechersky.
Over the years, Alexander has had wide experience of DS ministry in the Ural district, he also serves as a pastor of Satka UMC.
During this year, Oleg Starodubets was supervising Central Asia District and the conferences of Ukraine and Moldova. Now they newly appointed District Superintendent of Central Asia is Dmitriy Lysin. Dmitriy continues to serve as a local pastor of Kainda UMC, Kirgizstan.
Irina Margulis continues to serve as a Director of Church and Society ministry.Moreover, starting this fall, Irina Margulis coordinates the ministry for people with disabilities. We plan to serve people and care for their needs. There are many volunteers who serve handicapped people in the churches of Voronezh, Stavropolskiy Krai, Nothern Osetia, Crimea,Volga district and in the other regions of Eurasia.
Let us pray for the new responsibilities of these ministers, may God bless them in developing this work in the churches and districts, so that they may make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world according to the Biblical teaching.