Christian Open Academy (COA) is an educational project aimed at spreading a holistic biblical worldview and forming leaders for the public sphere. An important part of the project is the networking of Christians for the purpose of implementing practical programs that bring biblical values in various aspects of life and contribute to the reconstruction of Ukraine.
Against the background of the full-scale invasion of Russia into Ukraine, COA became a part of the Open Space of Action “Christians for Ukraine”, a network of Christian leaders of various denominations, united for the purpose of joint activities to find and implement a biblical model of development and renaissance of Ukrainian society, in particular against the background of war!
The HVA project is designed to provide ideological and practical answers to modern national and global challenges. And although the war in Ukraine challenges us to be more focused on internal issues, we still have to respond to the various problems of our society, taking into account the global spiritual and ideological context.
The main focus is on the formation of a Christian intelligentsia capable of spreading academic humanitarian knowledge, as well as implementing practical projects that influence culture and national processes from a Christian perspective. The project should help the young local Evangelical Church, which is just beginning to form its own institutions for dialogue with society and not to follow the left-liberal path, but to lay strong foundations on the biblical worldview and traditional Christian values.
The ultimate goal of the COA program is to create local networks for Christians across different denominations, who systematically execute projects of Christian influence in society.
The formation of these networks is underpinned by education and interaction between active Christians. A key factor in shaping such networks is the training of leaders able to combine a holistic Biblical worldview, professionalism, and a Christian character. Also, an important element of building such networks is interaction with other existing centers that carry out activities in the relevant directions. Such interaction is ensured through the operation of the Open Space of Action “Christians for Ukraine”, created as an inter-denominational initiative to combine efforts, resources and experience around service to Ukraine.
Raising the level of knowledge and formation of a holistic biblical worldview in the public sphere among the Christians, as well as encourage motivation to carry out Christian mission in society.
Formation of a new kind of Christian ministers who would consciously bring to life their calling to carry Evangelical truth into the various spheres of public life in their respective professional fields (education, media, politics, art, etc.).
Helping pastors and Christian leaders to work with intellectuals and people involved in public life. Providing educational paradigms of humanities for pastors and church ministers
A key factor to the functioning of COA is cooperation and close partnership with Ostroh Academy – the oldest University in Eastern Europe as well as other conservative universities interested in supporting external educational programs.
After completing a 7-month course, students will receive certificates signed by the National University Ostroh Academy and the Christian Open Academy.
A big advantage of the Christian Open Academy is the first-class level of the academic staff. Among the teachers of the HVA program are the best apologists and Christian thinkers in the world, authors of dozens of bestsellers. Among them are John Lennox, Os Guinness, Wayne Grudem, Robert George, Gabriele Kuby, Robert George and many other outstanding teachers from the West.
The Ukrainian wing of COA teachers also consists of professionals and experienced lecturers, in particular from the Ostroh Academy and many of the most influential Christian leaders of Eastern Europe. The part related to the implementation of practical projects will be taught by people who have achieved remarkable results in their field of activity and have rich experience.
The project of the Christian Open Academy was initiated by the Eastern European Reformation ministry. The activity of the Eastern European Reformation Ministry, and hence of the Eastern European Leadership Forum, is based on a clear worldview paradigm, outlined in «10 Points of Biblical Worldview in the Public Square»: