World Methodist Evangelism: Vladivostok Edition

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_43011235_russia_far_east_map416_3World Methodist Evangelism Executive Director Dr. Kimberly Reisman is working with the World Methodist Evangelism Institute at a regional evangelism seminar in Vladivostok, Russia. Nestled in far eastern Russia, Vladivostok sits on the Sea of Japan just an hour from the borders of China and North Korea, a short flight from Seoul, South Korea. 

While it’s easy to conjure mental images of soaring Russian Orthodox church buildings, Vladivostok is surprisingly home to a soaring, aged Lutheran church – reportedly the oldest church in the city – a Roman Catholic church and to the Methodist congregation tucked beneath a restaurant, planted by Korean Methodists in the 1990’s. 

Yesterday I had the honor of preaching in one of the congregations in our Methodist Wesleyan family in Vladivostok, Russia. I expected a Russian congregation. What I encountered was the Body of Christ in all its multifaceted glory.

Our Wesleyan Methodist movement is over 80 million strong, and in every corner of the world we come together Sunday after Sunday – some of us in huge sanctuaries, others of us in modest spaces beneath Chinese restaurants, but all of us worshiping a God who hears us in our heart language and relishes the wondrous variety of his human creation.

Church exterior: Vladivostok
Church exterior: Vladivostok

 

United Methodist congregation in Vladivostok with WMEI visitors.
United Methodist congregation in Vladivostok with WMEI visitors

 

Vladivostok church door
Vladivostok church door

 

Vladivostok: Church leader, District Superintedent, Dr. Kimberly Reisman
Vladivostok: Church leader, District Superintendent, Dr. Kimberly Reisman

 

Dr. Kimberly Reisman, Founding Pastor, WMEI Cary Loesing
Dr. Kimberly Reisman, Founding Pastor, WMEI Cary Loesing

 

vladivostok exterior
Exterior staircase leading to restaurant
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Kimberly Reisman is an author, pastor, teacher and theologian serving as Executive Director of World Methodist Evangelism of the World Methodist Council. Prior to beginning at WME, Kim served in local churches, as Executive Director of Next Step Evangelism and General Editor for WesleyanAccent.com. She is a frequent speaker, focusing on evangelism, spiritual formation, women's ministries, leadership development and the intersection between faith and culture. Kim is an elder in the United Methodist Church and has written numerous books, most recently, The Christ-Centered Woman: Finding Balance in a World of Extremes (2013, Abingdon Press). Kim is also an Adjunct Professor at United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio, and The School of Theology at Seattle Pacific University in Seattle, Washington.

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