What Is ITEM?

ITEM is a religious, charitable, educational, non-profit corporation serving in the countries of the former Soviet Union, Central and Eastern Europe, and worldwide. It is tax exempt and donor deductible. ITEM assists denominations and local churches by offering pastoral training at no cost to nationals. ITEM sends professors to teach at local institutions at regular intervals to equip pastors, teachers, and laymen and women to accomplish their God-given callings.


to provide biblically-based Reformed teaching and training of national church leaders for service presently in the churches of Russia, Ukraine, and Eastern Europe


to take God’s transforming Word to teach and train national Christian leaders for worldwide service


we send pastors and professors to the students to minimize cost and to maximize learning opportunities in their own contexts near their families and ministries

ITEM believes that the most effective evangelism, discipleship, and church planting is done by nationals

strategic investment




ITEM provides a very economical education for students in other countries where income is so much lower than in America, for instructors to experience missions, and you to truly support.


Depending on the institution served and the number of students attending, ITEM delivers excellent theological education and ministry training at a very low dollar per student class hour.





ITEM operates efficiently by bringing the instructor to the students, not vice versa, as most educational institutions do. That saves travel, time, money, and family hardships.


ITEM uses instructors who receive their normal income from other sources such as their churches, where they pastor, their educational institutions where they teach, or even as they are retired. Hence they are not hired or paid by ITEM.




ITEM sends the instructors to the field so the students can remain and minister in their own families, churches, and cultures. These students, when trained, will be more effective in their own countries when planting churches and spreading the gospel.


And given our schedules of one, two, and sometimes three week classes, students can return to their work to support their families and to their churches to share what they’ve learned. They pass on God’s eternal truths effectively and immediately

OUR Mission WORK




Rev. Tom Smith works with the Protestant Reformed Christian Church in Croatia.  more...

Presbyterian Church in India, Reformed, requested that ITEM send professors to help train their current pastors. more...

ITEM has been providing training since 1998. The study program now offers the equivalent of an MA in Theological studies degree. more...




Some of the Lithuanian Christians have started taking classes at the Baltic Reformed Theological Seminary supported by ITEM with funds and professors. more...

ITEM continues sending instructors to Romania in 2016 and 2017 and working with Maranatha Bible College. more...

In Ukraine, ITEM provides solid Biblical teaching    through Kiev Regional Bible College (KRBC), a young Bible college approximately 8 miles outside of Kiev.  more...




ITEM helps expand God’s kingdom through discipling reliable men and women.


ITEM is truly a multiplying ministry, multiplying your gift in America to bring God’s truth to many students in other countries who then take what they have learned in the classroom to their homes, their churches, their culture, and to the world.


ITEM sends instructors to train men and women in other countries such as the Ukraine, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, Croatia, and India in the eternal truths of God’s Word.


We teach these eternal truths from a Biblical reformed perspective. We know God’s Word when accompanied by God’s Spirit brings eternal life and eternal transformation to individuals, churches, and whole cultures.