From April 26-28, the Theological Evangelical Association of Eurasia (TEAE) held its first General Meeting in Kyrgyzstan. The forum brought together 56 representatives from 38 educational institutions and organizations from Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Uzbekistan, and other countries.

The presidents, council and revision commission of the Association were elected. Yuri Skurydin, academic dean of the Almaty Bible Institute, was elected president from Asia, and Sergei Yastrzhembsky, rector of the Moscow Theological Institute, was elected president from Europe. Alexander Spichak from TVSEMINARY was elected Executive Director.

The meeting approved basic documents such as the Charter and academic standards that will enable the Association to fulfill its functions and tasks.

Representatives of evangelical unions from Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, and Russia, International Director of the Barnabas Foundation Patrick Sukhdeo, Director of Bible Mission in Kazakhstan Alexei Luboshnikov, and other guests addressed the General Assembly with words of welcome.

During the three days of the event, the participants discussed important issues related to evangelical theological education and the Association’s development strategy in the region. The issues of improving the quality of education through the accreditation process were raised, as well as the interaction between formal and non-formal education, which was discussed at the last meeting of the International Council for Evangelical Theological Education (ICETE) and set the direction for the development of different educational initiatives.

The organizers of the meeting emphasized that this event was an important step in supporting the cause of theological education in the region and in strengthening the interaction between evangelical churches in different countries. The general meeting was a platform for sharing experience and knowledge, as well as for establishing new links and contacts among the participants.

The Theological Evangelical Association of Eurasia expresses its gratitude to all participants and special guests of the General Meeting for their valuable contribution to the life of the Association and for their dedication to education and ministry in the region.