2012 Episcopal Candidate for Bishop of United Methodist Church in Eurasia: Rev. Lydia Istomina

Program of Development the United Methodist Church in Eurasia Episcopal Candidate for Eurasia 2012
Rev. Lydia P. Istomina

With soul athirst, I wandered, lost,
Across a dark and desert land
And where at last two paths crossed
I saw the six-winged Seraph stand.
There in the desert I lay dead,
And God called out to me and said:
“Rise, prophet, rise, and hear, and see,
And let my works be seen and heard
Stride o’er the earth, a prophet, searing
The hearts of men with the righteous word.”
Alexander Pushkin, The Prophet
Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying,
“Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”
And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”
Isaiah 6:8
My Objective: From Management to Mission
To promote a new purpose and a new vision for the Eurasia United Methodist Church that is an invitation to work on the solution together rather than to dictate a solution on moving Eurasia UMC toward organizational and individual transformation.
To move Eurasia UMC from management to mission, reflecting Christ in our total life and ministry.
To create an environment for spiritual growth by promoting the Kingdom of God on earth and Wesleyan principles of Holiness of Heart and Life.
To continue developing spiritual, social and educational ministries and programs in accordance to socio-economic, cultural, and inter-religious context of Belorussia, Ukraine, Moldova, Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Kirgizstan United Methodist congregations.
To prevent religious and cultural colonialism over Eurasia. To help the UMC in Eurasia with self-determination and with voicing its opinion to the global church.
To help all clergy to become effective in preaching the Gospel in their particular socioeconomic contexts. To provide training and coaching to achieve organizational change and individual transformation.
To follow the goal that many obtain faith in Christ, and that the faithful remain faithful.
To empower all pastors to strive for spiritual self-discovery and personal transformation.
Main Leadership Principles
• The primary role of a Bishop is not to be an administrator but to be a prophetic preacher to effectively respond to Eurasian ministerial context and to raise a standard of prophetic preaching for personal and community transformation (Rom. 10:14-17);
• All Eurasia conferences will have equal roles and responsibilities: all United
Methodists living in both annual and provisional conferences are fairly
represented in decision-making settings across the denomination;
• The bishop uses her time and spiritual stamina to search for good workers to aid the mission and the vision;
• To promote adaptive leadership style, listening and ability to dialogue, and
• To practice openness and transparency in leadership and financial practices to promote highest ethical norms of leadership and Christian life.
Plan of Action
• To get acquainted and become conversant regarding the present vision and the budget;
• To assess the performance and effectiveness of the Russian Initiative and evaluate existing connections between sister-congregations;
• To assess the needs of each conference and each local congregations (assets, spiritual condition, moral);
• To set up new goals and a new vision with the Cabinet for 3-4 years, and develop appropriate and meaningful metrics to evaluate the results, to promote a new vision every 4 years;
• To require continued education for all clergy and Lay Leaders to promote the
vision and the goals of the Eurasia UMC;
• To promote in-depth social and cultural exegesis of a community to help each
pastor to become effective in their particular appointments. Local pastors and
Elders should understand the importance of their role as local theologians,
preachers, ethnographers, educators and community developers, caregivers and counselors for church growth;
• To assess programming and curriculum of required courses for all congregations:
Safe Sanctuary, Sexual Boundaries, Coaching4Clergy and etc. for child and
sexual abuse prevention;
• To assess the effectiveness of dying UMC congregations and develop a program of their revitalizing;