On the re-establishment of the all-Russian Commonwealth of Evangelical Christians
Zaichenko A. S."God, who said out of darkness to Shine your light has shone in our hearts to enlighten us with the knowledge of the glory of God in the person of Jesus Christ." (2 cor.4:6)Few know that the all-Russian fellowship of Evangelical Christians has a long, glorious and dramatic story in which the Lord Himself was present with His forgiveness, wisdom and love. Attempts to create an organized all-Russian Evangelical movement has for 125 years. In 1884, the first Russian missionary and Evangelist from the highest Russian aristocracy Vasily Pashkov attempted to convene the First Congress of Evangelical Christians and already on it to form the Union of Evangelical churches of Russia. But authorities arrested the delegates, the Congress broke up, and the Pashkov and his main associates were banished forever beyond the borders of Russia, the Church of Evangelical Christians dispersed. First attempt to create a nationwide consolidated Evangelical movement was suppressed.Later this service was picked up by the great Russian Evangelist, Church and public figure of Russia Ivan Stepanovich Prokhanov. He was well-educated and active missionary. He had the highest technical and theological education, had experience in journalism, publishing, the organizer of not only religious but also political, social and economic associations. 25 years later, after a failed first attempt, when Russia were first removed prohibitions on the creation of alternative religious organizations, Ivan Prokhanov waited in the wings, rallied around companions and started forming all-Russian Union of Evangelical ChristiansAt the end of 1909 in St. Petersburg hosted the First all-Russian conference of Evangelical Christians, which was established by the all-Russian Union of Evangelical Christians. The first President of ALL, he initiated and organized by the I. S. Prokhanov, who by that time had already become prominent religious and public figure, initiator of the Evangelical movement in Russia. He was later re-elected to the post. This Evangelical Union, personally led by I. S. Prokhanov for over 22 years, has had a decisive impact on the formation of the Russian Evangelical brotherhood during its initial formation and subsequent development up to the present day.However, the second historical attempt to create an organized Evangelical movement in Russia was suppressed, now the Soviet authorities. V year I. Prokhanov forever leaves Russia in forced emigration, where he died in Berlin in 1935. Most ALL churches have been disbanded, as the activities of the Union are virtually paralyzed. In 1942 representatives of the Baptist Union, which was completely broken up, turned ALL offer to take over the surviving communities of Baptists under his wing. In 1944 the authorities themselves initiated this Association: the Union of Evangelical Christians (ALL) joined the Baptist Church. As a result, there is a new Union with a new unifying name - ALL-B, where most of the churches were the Church of Evangelical Christians.When the Soviet Union collapsed, began the process of disintegration acecb personnel. But for some reason it came out not Baptists (which would be logical, based on the logic of previous associations), and Evangelical churches. In August 1992 in Moscow was established the Union of churches of Evangelical Christians (CZECH), however, it presents only a small part of all communities of Evangelical Christians of Russia.At the present time there are about more than 700 churches of Evangelical Christians, appearing in more than 20 different unions and associations. In fact, they represent one of the most powerful Protestant denominations in Russia, which, unfortunately, still does not have its own institutional coordination center. Now these churches are facing a third, over the past 125 years, the historic attempt to form an independent, purely Russian Union of Evangelical Christians.At the heart of this movement toward cooperation and interaction of a number of objective reasons. By their spiritual values, moral principles, on the culture of communion with God and among themselves, in practice, Church and missionary Evangelical Christians are very similar to each other. In addition, small churches and associations are sometimes unable to carry out productive Ministry, to withstand the pressure of external forces and adverse conditions. Their thoughts focused mainly on survival, not on scaling up and improving the quality of our service. Weak coordination and organizational feebleness of Evangelical churches weaken the credibility, undermine the civilian capacities of the Evangelical movement in Russia in the eyes of their friends and foes. In Orthodox and secular circles, there is increasing talk of a failed Evangelical project in Russia, which had once dreamed of I. S. Prokhanov.However, God's plan for the Evangelical Church in Russia continues to act. In 2008, leaders of the largest and most respected associations of Evangelical Christians decided to take the third historical attempt to create the all-Russian Evangelical movement. They formed an action group and began the process to achieve a greater spiritual, Church, and organizational interaction and cooperation. It was a newly created all-Russian fellowship of Evangelical Christians as a socio-religious movement without state registration.Over the past year this process has gained its momentum and has a particular focus: established socio-religious movement (without state registration): all-Russian fellowship of Evangelical Christians (of ALL), organized an ongoing Coordinating Council, adopted the "Declaration of fraternal churches of Evangelical Christians of Russia", held numerous coordination meetings, as well as thematic, organizational and training conferences and seminars with the participation of ALL members.At the same time, we preserve their legal independence, identity, unique and specific to each Union and the unification of the practice of missionary work and Church life, we want to increase the wealth of experience that we have accumulated during our self-development. We want to begin a process of cooperation and collaboration and continue steadily, to strengthen our Church and to bear more fruit in the harvest of the Lord.From 22 to 25 April in Moscow hosted the Jubilee Congress of churches and unions of the all-Russian Commonwealth of Evangelical Christians (of ALL). Congress has successfully solved the basic problems put before him, the organizers:1. To inform the Russian public about the creation of the all-Russian Commonwealth of Evangelical Christians (of ALL) as the all-Russian socio-religious movement without state registration.2. Record the results of joint service and evaluate the activities and efforts of the first phase of the traveled way.3. Outline plans for the next phase of cooperation and development of the churches of the Commonwealth.So help us Lord to begin the process of fraternal co-operation, in order to successfully fulfill the Commission of Christ: "Go and make disciples of all Nations" (Matt.28;19).www.