A Future Leadership Foundation team of four Missouri pastors returned from a 10-day trip to L’viv, Ukraine, in March, where they held a week-long seminar for church planting students attending the Baptist Seminary in L’viv. Their work is already paving the way for similar training efforts in early 2019.
The FLF team consisted of:
- Phil Rector, director of missions, Gasconade Valley Baptist Association
- Kevin Sullivan, pastor, First Baptist, Owensville
- David Krueger, pastor, First Baptist, Linn
- Jason Gentry, pastor, First Baptist, Hermann (currently serving Hallsville Baptist)
The American pastors each led breakout conferences on preaching, discipleship, evangelism and biblical leadership.
The seminar and fellowship provided a meaningful experience for all involved, and the group has been invited to return in March for another seminar.
FLF is now in the process of enlisting the team for March 2019. Ideally, Phil Rector (pictured above left, with Ukrainian pastor Elisey Pronin) says he’d like to see a mix of people who have been to Ukraine and some who would be visiting the country for the first time.
“It has become my goal to take new pastors to Ukraine along with us so they could have the firsthand experience of meeting and teaching in Ukraine,” said Phil. “I feel this would become a life-changing experience for anyone who has the ability to go.”
On the way home, the team stopped in Munich, Germany, to visit two missionary families planting churches there. They had the opportunity to see the work the missionaries are doing and prayer walk the city with them.