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Sergey Marchuk

Sergey Marchuk
Person Details
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Country

  • Ukraine
Participants Details

ELF Network

  • 2022 Disciple-Making Leaders (Foundational) Network

Ministry Focus

  • Education and/or Training

Occupation

  • Childhood and Adolescent

Funding Status

  • ELF Funded
  • YRM Funded
Participants Answers
What is your ministry?

I am the director of children's ministry in my church, so I am responsible for the kids' spiritual formation. We organize a summer camp for children, Sunday school, special programs for non-believing kids and children from refugee families. I also work with the leaders from the Sunday school and camps to prepare them. In 2017 our church started a Christian school, and I was chosen to be principal of this school.

Aletheia Christian School was founded in 2017 following a new opportunity in our country. In 2015, Ukraine adopted a law allowing churches to legally establish Christian schools within their organization. We started our school with seven first graders and they met in our church building. Our church was the founder of the school. The school was called "Alethea" (αλήθεια), which in Greek means "Truth." We want children to know the Truth, that is, Jesus Christ. The school has grown enough that it no longer fits in the church building. Now we have 51 students—70% of them are from Christian families and 30% from non-Christian families. We have 9 teachers plus administration and technical staff. Since the 2019 school year, we have been renting an additional building where we can accommodate two more classes.

When did you trust Christ?

I was born in a Christian family, so I had godly parents, but I was unsure about my salvation. Once, when I was about eight years old, I was at home, and my mom went to the neighbor's house next door, but I did not know. I concluded that Jesus took the church away but left me behind. I was broken and cried a lot. So I began asking myself why I was not sure about my salvation. Finally, in 1998, when I was at a Christian youth camp, I began to understand that I needed to have a relationship with the Lord. When I came home from the camp, I prayed to Jesus and asked Him to become the Lord of my life.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

My mom led Sunday school for children from non-believing families in our yard, and she asked me to help from a very young age. First, it was small jobs like making copies, preparing some crafts, and helping to clean up our apartment. But later, she let me help teach. And so, I eventually became the leader of this Sunday school. I did not realize it at the time, but God was preparing me for my present ministry to lead children's ministry in my church.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

Discipleship is an essential topic for every Christian, Jesus' command to go and make disciples. I am attracted to this topic in two aspects. First, in the church, I have the ministry of a deacon, and our church is developing discipleship groups at this stage. As a school director, I want to grow and learn how to transfer knowledge and Truth so that students can apply it to life. We want to be a school that shares knowledge and builds relationships with students to influence their lives.

What is your leadership role or what were your past leadership roles?

I was the founder of the school on behalf of the church. I used to be a children’s minister. I have no experience in management or administrating a school. Therefore, I use every opportunity to improve my knowledge. Now I am the principal of the school. I manage the direction of the school, educational strategy, staff management, recruitment, and development, and support initiatives to improve the education system.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

Despite all the progress made, Ukraine still has a long way to meet the global standards in education, economic development, and sustainability. I want to develop the ability to set the right priorities in my work. I want to learn more to develop the staff.

As a leader and a teacher, I understand that to be good, I must study, look for new ideas, and grow spiritually. I see how God uses me to influence the children and youth I am working with. It is a big blessing that God can use me so that more and more children get to know Him.