For the first time on January 12, 2014, Living Stream Church and Slavic Missionary Bible School began offering courses towards a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Theology from The Slavic Theological Seminary in Jacksonville, FL.
Once a month various instructors come to teach an evening week-long session, after which students take an exam and then have several weeks to complete the assigned self-study coursework before the next session. Sergey Padnyuk was our first instructor who has opened the seminary with the introduction of theology, Christology, anthropology and salvation. The students listened intently as they spent time learning about the absolute characteristics of God. This class consist of 35 people ranging from youth to young married couples to the elderly. The students include our Pastors Vitaliy Bondarenko and Bogdan Bondarenko, our youth leader, 8 members of the SMBS administration, many church members of all ages and we even have an SMBS student who attends SMBS during the day and Seminary in the evening.
We have a very dedicated class to say at the least. We are grateful for this opportunity we have been given to offer a Christian Education to those hungry for the knowledge of God.
The Slavic Missionary Bible School is a non-profit, Christian education center designed for the American Slavic community.
Many people wonder how a ministry such as SMBS can sustain itself.