The history of Salvation Church
The history of Salvation Church begins in 2006, when due to the growth of the Born Again Church congregation, Salvation Church separated to form a separate church. For a long time before the formation of Salvation Church, Born Again Church had to hold two services to accommodate the number of attendees. As a result there were two independent ministry teams. Thus the decision was made to form Salvation Church.
At the time Salvation Church was formed the attendance was less than 70.
From the beginning Salvation Church was focused on reaching youth. For this reason a number of youth-oriented projects were launched. One of these was SMS Club, an evangelistic ministry intended to bring the Gospel of Jesus Christ to young people in an accessible and understandable form. The club grew into a public organization and continues to this day despite the fact that there have been several successive generations of leadership.
Another important dimension of ministry at the church is worship music. Salvation Church is one of the first Baptist churches in Ukraine to feature a worship team.
Since 2011 Salvation Church has worked to form small home Bible study groups. Currently there are 16 such groups. When church members get together regularly in small groups it strengthens their sense of unity and encourages them to serve one another in love.
Children's ministry, family ministry and other ministries are active and growing.
Thanks to a missionary from the United States (currently living in Poltava and a member of Salvation Church) an English Club was formed in 2014. This ministry helps participants to improve their level of English while at the same time giving them the opportunity to hear the Gospel through the proclamation of God's Word. There are currently about 60 people who attend regularly.
Since the beginning of separatist hostilities in Ukraine, Salvation Church has taken an active role in trying to provide food to Ukrainian soldiers, help for those forced to flee and also to those remaining in the occupied territory. Several times vehicles with food and clothing have been sent to eastern Ukraine. Several times there have been (and will be) meetings with widows and refugees to give encouragement, supplies and share the Gospel. Currently a group of refugees meets weekly to study the Holy Scriptures.
Since the founding of the church about 80 people have been baptized and 5 men have been ordained for ministry: 3 deacons, a teaching pastor and a youth pastor.