Christian Ministry—Christian Organization
Education and/or Training
Ivan Kharitonov is the Academic Dean of Counselors’ Online and works for Christian Camping International Russia.
When did you trust Christ?
I gave my life to Christ in April 2012. I was raised in a Christian family and had attended church from the first days of my life. But as I grew older, I became discontent with the people that I met in the church and the beliefs I was supposed to have. That all changed when I met a girl that was clearly different from all the Christians I had known. She showed me how profound faith could be. She asked me what my personal relationship with God was like and I had to admit that I never really thought that was possible. From that day in early February 2012, I was searching for Him until finally I got to encounter Him and I accepted His invitation to follow.
What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?
After I became a Christian, I started to attend a church. As I got to know the pastors and the ministers I was invited to participate in an Alpha course. After finishing the course, the group stayed together as a home group. After being in the group another year, I started my own home group. I realize now that I was beginning to accept more and more responsibility and was learning how the body of Christ operates. In March 2014 I started running a coffeehouse with my wife and some members of the church as an outreach ministry. I spent more than a year and a half working six days a week from 8 am to 11 pm, facing Organisational, financial, and, therefore, faith hurdles. After that, my wife and I moved to a new city. The church was a new church, which provided a lot of opportunities for us to serve and lead.
Why do you want to attend the Forum?
The Forum has equipped and developed me for my work, encouraging me to be faithful to God’s calling on my life even when at times it seems better to quit. I have met many wonderful people at the Forum from all over the world and they have made a great impact on my spiritual condition, lifting me up and reminding me of the powerful truths about our God. The Bible teaching is profound and moving.
What is your ministry?
I am coordinating the work of the Counselors Online Academy, meaning that I supervise the writing process, manage all the technical aspects (presentations, video, audio, website), communicate with the students, build up a team of contributors, and solve all the legal and financial problems that arise. At Christian Camping International Russia, I also participate in planning, organizing, and leading training events, yearly conferences, and periodic workshops.
What are your past leadership roles?
I was an Alpha course leader, small group leader, and ran a coffee house ministry.
Why should someone invest in your ministry?
I believe that my ministry has a great impact on the global church as I help other ministers grow. We have a grand potential for reaching many young Christians in Russia and around the world by training them not only in the “hard” skills of serving at a camp, but also in the “soft” ones needed in everyday life.