Evangelical Presbyterian Church
Presbytery of the East
April 22-23, 2016
Engage 2025 Actions

At our April presbytery meeting, the Engage 2025 Working Group presented three proposals for discussion and action.

Proposal #1 – Partnership with NCBI: create a relationship with North Caucasus Bible Institute for exchange of teachers of theology and missiology; to provide tuition support for those students whose goal is church planting, particularly among the Muslim people groups of the Caucasus.

Proposal #2 – Continuing support of Video Project: underwrite the production of a 20-minute video of each of the people groups located in the Caucasus region. The objective is to use these videos to mobilize candidates for church planting among these people groups from among the churches of southern Russia. An English version will also be produced for the purpose of raising awareness among churches in our presbytery. We propose sharing these videos with the North Caucasus Regional Partnership, recognizing their long commitment to engaging churches in prayer and support for the outreach of the gospel in this region.

Proposal #3 – Support for Dmitri Misichenko: Dmitri has been a long-standing missionary among the Balkar people in the central region of the Caucasus. For five years he was the director of the missions department at NCBI. Since he left in 2012, he has been working among the churches of the region, eliciting the support of these churches for a gospel outreach to the Muslim people of the Caucasus. He has been teaching Perspectives, Kairos, and Encountering the World of Islam to the churches of southern Russia for the past six years. He is moving to Omsk the beginning of June to take a position at the Bible school. He will develop a curriculum for training missionaries for cross-cultural missions, primarily to Kazakh people in the area.

Presbytery Action: The Presbytery of the East (106th Stated Meeting) approved support for these projects for a period of three years, pending approval of a resolution by the Committee on Administration at the General Assembly in June 2016 to return the money accumulated in the Kevin and Bekah Jackson account to the Presbytery in order to finance these proposals. Every twelve months each proposal will be reviewed for its effectiveness in meeting the objective set forth in our partnership proposals. We are not looking for a tabulated result, but a confirmation that the person(s) are applying themselves to the tasks that the Lord has given to them.

Address Comments To:

Phil Castor
Engage 2025 Group Leader

phcastor.wo@comcast.net