Context and Contextuality


Since 1988, hundreds of thousands of evangelical Christians have migrated to the United States of America from former Soviet Union countries, establishing many Russian-speaking immigrant congregations across the country. This study analyzes how these immigrant churches function in their new cultural, social, and religious context.

Dr Vyacheslav Tsvirinko, a Russian who lived in the USA for over twenty-five years, examines the holism, authenticity and contextuality of the mission work done by churches in the Pacific Coast Slavic Baptist Association (PCSBA) in America. He defines authentic mission in light of three major Christian groups – the World Council of Churches, the Lausanne Movement, and Anabaptists – and uncovers startling insights on how PCSBA churches engage in mission, both back in their homeland and in the USA.

The findings and conclusions of this work are invaluable to diasporic Christian communities who wish to address their authenticity in the way they do mission, both internationally and in their local context, creating a path to more fruitful gospel and kingdom work.

About the Author

Vyacheslav Tsvirinko holds a PhD from the University of Wales and currently teaches at Divitia Gratiae University, Chisinau, Moldova, where he trains a new generation of Christian leaders. Persecution by the Soviet government led Dr Tsvirinko to immigrate to the USA with his wife Nina and their six sons in 1990 until 2016 when they felt called by God to move to Moldova as missionaries. In the USA, Dr Tsvirinko served as senior pastor of a Russian-speaking church and later, as President of the Pacific Coast Slavic Baptist Association. He also worked at Fresno Pacific University, California, in admissions as well as serving as a regional campus director.

Book Information

ISBN: 9781783683963

Category: Academic

Region: World

Publishing Date: 2018-01-31

Number of pages: 610


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