Training Young Leaders to Spread Hope

School Without Walls (SWW) is the heart of Russian Ministries’ vision to train the Next Generation, to lead and equip them to serve the evangelical church in the former Soviet Union/Eurasia.

SWW’s non-traditional format allows students to learn about the Bible and practice hands-on evangelism while still caring for work, school, and family responsibilities. Basing the ministry in local churches helps revitalize those churches while ensuring that both teaching and evangelism practices are culturally appropriate.


Flexible, local, & available

“Without Walls” means that this education is not contained in a single building: we are not centralizing, but sending out.

SWW is not intended to replace seminaries and colleges; however, these formal educational institutions are scarce, widely-separated, and far beyond the means of most young people, many of whom are either working to support their families or pursuing other careers. By placing classes in local churches and keeping class times flexible, we can greatly expand the number of young men and women who can be trained in Christian leadership.

Generous support from friends like you makes a SWW education available to even more young Next Generation leaders who could not otherwise afford the program.


During the era of Soviet oppression, most churches became exclusive. Because each SWW class is rooted in a local evangelical church, these churches are using the energy and creativity of their SWW students and graduates to re-engage with their communities. Outreaches like Christmas programs, sports camps, Sunday School, playground cleanups, and visits to prisons and orphanages help overcome prejudice and draw more people to the church.

Culturally Relevant

2014 SWW Battery Youth Conference After the fall of the Soviet Union, the region was flooded with Western missionaries who took advantage of their new freedom to spread the gospel. Today’s challenge, especially as hostility towards Western influence grows, is for each nation’s Christians to apply the everlasting truths of Scripture to their own indigenous cultures, to develop forms of worship and evangelism which will feed their own hearts and speak to their neighbors.

SWW’s church-based “campus” now spans 12 nations and countless ethnic groups. SWW grounds students in the essentials of Christianity, then equips and encourages them to think creatively about translating their ideas into their national idiom. The goal is the growth of a vibrant and growing national evangelical church.

Leadership development

Young people are a powerful force for change, but as we have seen in recent uprisings around the world, that change can be either positive or negative. SWW trains young Christian men and women to be the Next Generation leaders who will guide their churches and communities to the hope that only Christ can give.

Above all, when you support SWW, you help each individual student discover his or her unique gifts from God, and use those gifts to serve their nations and the Kingdom.

Practical & hands-on

2014 SWW Battery Youth Conference 3School Without Walls is unique for its emphasis on practical ministry, not just for the future, but now. Students are motivated and equipped to transform their churches, and through their churches, reach their communities with a hands-on application of everything they learn.

For example, Kiev students renovated an orphanage and are mentoring orphaned teens, while students from Krasnoarmeisk, Ukraine, started a drug rehabilitation center. Every student trains for effective witnessing, and with special emphasis on living out their faith and taking a stand, these Next Generation leaders are prepared to be a light in an age of spiritual and moral confusion.

Recent posts and updates about School Without Walls:

Call to Action: Prayers and Support Needed for Persecuted SWW Students in Uzbekistan

Posted on May 29, 2014

Evangelism has long been considered terrorism in the Central Asian country of Uzbekistan, where criminal charges are brought regularly against evangelical churches and their leaders. That’s why Russian Ministries trains Next Generation leaders to equip and support the Continue reading →

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Bibles at battle lines and living water on trains

Posted on May 8, 2014

Competitions and conflicts can bring out both the best and the worst in people. The 2014 Winter Olympics brought athletes and evangelists to Russia. A team of young people from Russian Ministries’ School Without Walls (SWW) programme travelled Continue reading →

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Crisis in Ukraine: Call for Help

Posted on May 8, 2014

Emergency Fund for Ukraine “…if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin Continue reading →

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Help Bring Hope and Healing to the People of Ukraine through Russian Ministries’ Emergency Fund

Posted on April 11, 2014

Last month I felt the need to be with my people in Ukraine. On March 16, the day that the Crimean referendum took place, my flight landed not far from Crimea. Anxiety and uncertainty hung in the air. Continue reading →

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Bringing Hope to Every Corner of Mongolia

Posted on February 27, 2013

An estimated 86% of Mongols are unreached by the gospel, and a lack of discipleship has meant that most Mongolian Christians have very little understanding of the gospel or of the Bible, so their religious beliefs differ little Continue reading →

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