East-West Church & Ministry Report
Vol. 2, No. 1, Winter 1994, Covering the Former Soviet Union and East Central Europe

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Indigenous Christian Missions in the Former Soviet Union

        Missions Affiliations:
Adventist 18
Armenian Apostolic 4
Catholic 31
Evangelical Christian-Baptist* 1,581
Lutheran 27
Mennonite 5
Methodist 8
Molokan 6
New Apostolic Church 4
Nondenominational (Protestant) 149
Old Believer 2
Orthodox 94
Pentecostal/Charismatic 327
Presbyterian 6
Reformed 9
Denomination unknown 187
        Missions Personnel:
Staff 12,355
Volunteers 16,231
 
Explanatory Notes:
The Christian Resource Center computer database in Moscow contains 2,458 entries on indigenous missions.  CRC researchers do not believe they have yet identified all indigenous parachurch Christian ministries.  It is the opinion of EWC&M Report editors that, despite a truly extraordinary CRC effort, Orthodox and Catholic parachurch groups probably are underrepresented in the database, possibly to a substantial degree.  If true, explanations would include the CRC's more developed network of relationships with Protestant groups, a lower level of motivation among Orthodox to cooperate in a non-Orthodox research project, and wariness of publicity among Catholic groups.

The Christian Resource Center plans to publish a Russian-language directory of indigenous Christian missions in April 1994, to be followed later by an English-language edition of the same volume.  In addition to entries on each organization, appendices will group entries by denomination, region, type of organization (publishing, educational, brotherhood, etc.), and type of activity (evangelism, medical, social services, human rights, etc.).

Source: Dr. Sharon Linzey, Christian Resource Center, Box 115, 117311 Moscow, Russia; tel/fax:7095-939-0641; international fax: 7095-437-9296; MCI satellite fax: 7503-956-5022.


Sharon Linzey, "Indigenous Christian Missions in the Former Soviet union," East-West Church & Ministry Report, 2 (Winter 1994), 6.

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1994 Institute for East-West Christian Studies
ISSN 1069-5664


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