Youth ministries in Ukraine experience over 350% growth after implementing Jesus-Focused Youth Ministry. The number of churches experiencing this growth is multiplying exponentially.
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In Ukraine, we find the largest and fastest growing community of Christians in all of Europe, and one of the fastest in the world. A century of militant atheism, during which young people were forbidden to attend church, has left a spiritually hungry generation of young people and the church unequipped to reach them. Our Ukraine team’s strategy is to create a national movement of churches coaching other churches, which then coach other churches–multiplying Jesus-Focused Youth Ministry.
Doug and Marina Landro, Igor and Alyona Minenko, Kristina Oleksyuk, Ghenna Vakulenko, 11 Eagle Leaders and 15 more in training lead Reach Out’s team in the Ukraine. They coach over 20 churches in JFYM. Ruka Dopomogy’s and Reach Out’s growing number of Eagle Leaders, serves as a national team of Jesus-Focused Youth Ministry trainers. Many oversee youth ministry in their denominations and represent12 denominations, 16 regions of Ukraine, Belarus and Siberia.
The team has a strong influence in other aspects of national ministry. Each year, they train 300 youth leaders at their national and regional conferences. Through summer projects, they assist youth leaders in developing effective campoutreach ministries.
They participate in the Alliance of Youth, which impacts hundreds of other churches in Ukraine. Lastly, they lead RD Press, a successful publishing company that produces Reach Out’s resources in Russian.
Reach Out plans to:
- Publish the fifth edition of the Moving Towards Maturity discipleship.
- Coach another 5 churches in 2016. When these are complete we will have coached 53 churches.
- Create an online resource for training youth ministry remotely.
As a result, Ukraine churches will continue to grow as a fruit-bearing, multiplying movement that produces successive generations of well-equipped leaders who reach and disciple the younger generation.
Reach Out’s History in Ukraine
2010-2012 Through the 20 churches our Ukraine team coaches about:
- 563 teenagers gave their lives to Christ
- 281 young people were discipled
- 161% average increase in adults called to work with kids per church
- 359% average increase of kids in youth ministry\
2004 Doug and our Ukrainian director, Igor Minenko, worked hard to equip even more leaders. They conducted six weekend sessions and churches agreed to coach other churches to get on board with JFYM.
2000 Doug created a Youth Ministry School offering 170 hours of instruction. Two more Eagle Leaders emerged: Vova Bilik and Sasha Kulbich.
1997 Doug Landro arrived and mentored youth leaders to implement Jesus-Focused Youth Ministry, producing two current Eagle Leaders — Sergey Bogomazuk, and Ghenna Vakulenko.
1990’s Reach Out conducted conferences and mentored a few youth leaders, encouraging them in the early days of freedom after communism. A few acted on the teachings.
Today, using the Jesus-Focused Youth Ministry strategy based on prayer, leadership development, disciple-making and evangelism, the numbers of churches, Eagle Leaders (experienced trainers) and youth coming to Christ are multiplying exponentially.