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(Russian) Translation Project: Center Church by Tim Keller

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Ukraine

Dmitry is pastor of a church in Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine, leading his church to spread the gospel in a city of nearly 1 million people. Many pastors in Ukraine have very little formal education and a book like this would be very useful in learning how to better engage the culture around them and keep the gospel the central in their ministry. For pastors like Dmitry $15 is way above what they can afford to spend on a book that will help their ministry. Anything more than $7 and they look for excerpts and quotes online or hope to borrow it from someone they know.

“This book is very needed for every pastor in Ukraine, especially for those who serve in a large city. It is extremely important now for our church to formulate a theological vision so that while interacting with the city culture we will have strength for its transformation. I am looking forward to the availability of Center Church in the Russian language.” (Mikhail)

Russia

Russia is the largest country in the world and spans nine time zones. When the U.S.S.R. crumbled, new nations were born—most of them seeking meaning to life, answers to global questions, struggle for power, and the role of government and religion. Despite the hopes for a new nation, they have experienced a high rate of unemployment and economic instability.

While the new constitution of Russia permits the freedom of religion, the Russian Orthodox Church still enjoys a comfortable role in guiding policy on churches, church planting, and missionaries often opposing evangelicals. There has been minimal investment in formal biblical training and seminaries. Most teaching still remains informal and centered around the largest cities—leaving many pastors far from the training, the resources, and the fellowship they need to grow spiritually. There is a strong call for pastoral training materials in the Russian language. 

More on ministry to Russian-speaking countries here

 

The Resource

Today many pastors are struggling to adapt to a post-Christian and other oppositional culture without abandoning orthodox theology. How do we communicate the concepts of grace and substitutionary atonement in our globalized culture and context?

In Center Church, Timothy Keller offers challenging insights and provocative questions based on over twenty years of ministry in New York City. This book outlines a theological vision for ministry - applying classic doctrines to our time and place - organized around three core commitments: 

  • Gospel-centered: The gospel of grace in Jesus Christ changes everything, from our hearts to our community to the world. It completely reshapes the content, tone and strategy of all that we do. 
  • City-centered: With a positive approach toward our culture, we learn to affirm that cities are wonderful, strategic and underserved places for gospel ministry. 
  • Movement-centered: Instead of building our own tribe, we seek the prosperity and peace of our community as we are led by the Holy Spirit.

Demographics

  • Population All Countries: 167,332,230

  • Number of Countries: 73

  • Top Language Countries: Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Belaru

((Joshua Project, Ethnologue, Operation World)

Project Details


Funding Goal: $14,500

A gift of $20 provides 4 copies.

Resource TitleCenter Church by Timothy Keller
Quantity: 3,000 copies
Language: Russian
Format: Softcover Book

Partners


In Lumine exists to spread Christ exalting, God-centered, gospel based resources in  the Russian and Ukrainian languages in order to strengthen the church, deepen the faith of Christians, and increase their knowledge of God that Christ would be reflected in all areas of life.

We desire to use all forms of media to advance a God-centered view of the Christian life throughout Ukraine and Russia.

Redeemer City to City helps recruit, train, coach and fund national church planters working in trans-denominational church planting networks in more than 60 global cities, with the hope of seeing these networks multiply churches, become self-sustaining and bring the gospel to bear on their city.