(Formerly known as Christ for Russia). In obedience to the Great Commission, International Theological Education Ministries exists to serve the churches in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS, formerly Soviet Union) and Central Europe in their efforts to train biblically sound pastors and church leaders. To this end, ITEM works to secure prayer, labour, resources and finances in order to establish seminaries and other pastoral training centres, assemble theological libraries, and translate & publish solid biblical literature. It is to the preparation of God’s people for preaching, teaching and Christian service that ITEM has purposed its existence and endeavours.