We desire to equip national leaders with skills, character, and education to develop a network of committed, competent, and mature churches and transformational leaders to disciple the nations.
Working along with other strategic partners we focus on:
Pastor’s Mentoring: While classroom education is essential, we also believe that education and training for ministry does not stop there. Through our Mentoring Program, training for ministry also takes place through personal relationships. Many pastors have not been pastors for a long time. Often, they lack experience in the pastoral ministry. Through the Mentoring Program, MTEE connects those with years of ministry experience with pastors with little. These “mentors’ serve as spiritual fathers and examples to the younger and less experienced pastors by sharing their experience and wisdom and by offering support, encouragement and a listening ear.
Development of Pastoral Cooperation: At the beginning of our ministry in Eastern Europe, Vision University developed a strategy for building relationships with pastors of evangelical churches. Today, we can see the results of this strategy. More than 130 branches have been opened in cooperation with the local churches in Ukraine, Russia, Moldova, Spain, Hungary, Italy, Bulgaria, the United States and other countries as the answer to demands of the church “to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ” (Ephesians 4:12).
We cooperate with many denominations and associations to bring together pastors and leaders of different churches, and providing them with opportunity to have fellowship with one another. In the course of education and training at the University the emphasis is made on what unites all of us Christians, rather than on what makes us different. As we grow in understanding of our common theological heritage, we open new ways for cooperation among individuals and churches in order to fulfill the Great Commission at the present time.
Our desire is to facilitate the development of a team of spiritual fathers, who will unite and serve pastors and leaders, providing support and help them grow in the theological and practical knowledge while they continue to minister to build up their local churches and network to plant new churches. Building as a team will give us excellent opportunities for all to proclaim the name of Jesus Christ locally and around the world. As we work together we believe that we will have great opportunity for ministering important principles and bring about new strategic vision and direction to coordinate church growth in Ukraine, Eastern Europe and out to the nations.
Bible Colleges: MTEE sponsors Bible Colleges that can confer up to a Bachelor of Ministry degree on those who complete the accredited four-year program of study. These colleges are unusual in that they are local, church-based schools. In other words, a local church will host a college – providing the physical facilities for the students to meet for their classes.
Most of the time, classes are conducted on a weekend – Friday evening and all day Saturday. The student gets their classroom lecture and then has the rest of the month for assigned reading, writing papers and any practical ministry related to the course. Then they take a final exam and that completes one course. One course a month from September through June makes 10 courses and that completes one year of college. The advantage of this model is twofold: (1) MTEE does not tie up funds in building. Rather, we use currently existing facilities and thus are able to invest more of a donor’s gifts in the students’ education, and (2) pastors and others who desire an education are able to keep their positions and study at a school within close proximity to them. They therefore do not need to leave their work, uproot their families and move to a residential school to receive a quality education and they have some flexibility in their study schedules.
Graduate School: Students who have an interest may study for a Master degree in Theology through our graduate programs in Ukraine and Belarus. In addition, a Master in Theology or Counseling may be pursued through our correspondence program.
Distant Learning Program: While we currently have a correspondence program in place, we are looking to expand this program through a platform on the University website providing potential students with quick access to information about the University and admission. Our desire is to increase the quality of video lectures so that we can have a greater impact on students while also providing good quality materials for superior training. We hope to raise funds to professionally video these classes and create a database for our Master’s Program that can be available for students desiring to study from a distance where classes are not available to them.
Slavic University: With the purpose to unite and provide the resources for leaders of evangelical churches with a considerable number of Slavic believers living in the U.S., Brazil and Canada, we have begun the process of establishing a Slavic University. This university will run a program for education and training ministers and leaders that will be based on the Bible and focused on dynamic leadership including: learning in connection with the local church; the opportunity to receive a quality education; and individual training that is designed to meet the needs of the local churches. This training has a practical orientation, strong academic foundation and is focused on local churches being able to equip their own people for full-time ministry for Christ.
Missionary School: Today the Gospel is being spread so powerfully around the world like never before. We live in such a time when God has accelerated His work on earth. He raises and strengthens apostolic type leaders and the local church for a great harvest in the years to come.
Developing of the missionary spirit and activity is one of the most encouraging signs of the fullness of the Church of Christ, the purpose of which is to bring the kingdom of God to our contemporaries. The Church begins to understand that the whole Church should be involved in the missionary work of multiplying churches not just individuals, zealous ministers or special institutions.
We desire to equip those who are called by the Lord for this type of missionary work, not only to learn the essence of biblical missionary work, but to prepare practically in subject matter, personal intercessory prayer, practical evangelism, preaching, worship and beginning and leading a home group to help establish a church. Our desire is to train leaders to prepare for new lands, begin new churches, raise local ministers and build a network of relationships among the churches.
Successful Parenting Seminars: Seminars are being offered in the local church on how to be successful parents. A follow-up to the seminars are small groups where parents can discuss the problems associated with parenting and watch and discuss a counseling video on problems encountered in child rearing. This program is being expanded to include all areas of family life.
Children’s Ministry: In most nations of Eastern Europe, Sunday School is unheard of. In Bulgaria, our people have written a book on how to do children’s ministry and have trained the nationals to teach this curriculum in the churches. Godly teachers are being trained to teach children in a Sunday School setting. This program has been reproduced in Ukraine. The teachers that have been trained there have gone into Russia and Moldova teaching godly teachers in the churches how to develop a quality children’s ministry. This program will be expanded in the near future.
Becoming Established as Believers: The Early Church devoted itself to the Apostles’ teaching (Acts 2:42). In the letters, the Apostles’ teaching is called “the faith,” “the deposit,” and the “sound doctrine,” which they were to hold on to. Believers and churches were considered established when they were rooted in this teaching. The core elements in establishing believers and families are: