Each year, congregations from around the Conference faithfully receive offerings and present them during the Annual Conference session as gifts to help promote ministries and missions to help further the gospel of Jesus Christ.
This year, the Annual Conference Special Offering will be gathered and used to advance and support the Moscow United Methodist Theological Seminary in Russia.
Since the fall of communism in the early 1990s, United Methodists have placed a priority on strengthening and developing congregations and church leaders in the former Soviet Bloc countries of Eastern and Central Europe. The Moscow Theological Seminary has become a central place to train and prepare servant leaders for ministering in the Wesleyan tradition and transforming Russian society by sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ.
South Georgia United Methodists now have the opportunity to take part in helping individuals who feel a call to serve in the United Methodist Church in Russia.
A person who seeks to become a pastor in Russia, or anywhere in all of Eurasia, faces a huge uphill struggle. Answering the call of God to pastoral ministry often means stepping outside the cultural norm in a community that has been agnostic. Answering the call of God to pastoral ministry often means a large decline in earnings and a large sacrifice to attend the seminary.
Your offering will help provide the means for students to attend the seminary and will help the seminary continue to be instrumental in helping revive Methodism in Russia. We are thankful for this opportunity to be Alive Together in the World!