In the UK attitudes to church-planting may be determined by whether it’s ‘your thing’ or not. For Ukrainian believers it is essential for their future. As one pastor said, it should become part of our DNA to plant healthy churches. Support for church planters, both financial and through provision of training, is urgent to keep this momentum. SGA supports one particular training programme organized near to the capital city, Kiev. It has been developed by experienced church planters, many of whom have had to flee the war zone. They came together to discuss mission possibilities, and base their training on the concept of a church as a living organism.
Two stages to the programme were then developed. The first, that a church should be healthy and should reproduce, is explored in its different aspects, emphasizing biblical principles and their application. The whole body must be seen as a living organism, addressing the whole needs of humanity. Those needs can be met by Christ, through the churches as they teach and apply the Bible correctly. Students are taught in the classroom but also given exposure to working with trusted men in church planting situations.