Evangelicals and Baptists between 1905 and 1929: The Ministry of Compassion

  • Johannes Dyck


This is a review of a book on the social activity of Evangelicals and Baptists in Russia and the USSR between 1905 and 1929, which was referred to as the compassionate ministry. The author singles out three patterns of compassionate ministry (mutual help as part of a strategy of survival during the period of persecution, ministry to the destitute in order to increase their influence, and Christian economic communities as a means of achieving the economic independence of the religious community), describes the diversity of the religious group, shows the complexity of the social and political context, defines the ministry’s main objectives, draws conclusions, and informs the reader of further research areas. According to the author, the compassionate ministry was voluntary, was aimed at the expansion of faith, and should be considered an important marker of Evangelical and Baptist identity.

Author Biography

Johannes Dyck

Master of Theology, Director of the Institute of Theology and History, Bibelseminar Bonn.

2-4, Ehrental, 53332, Bornheim, Germany.



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Nikol’skaya, T. K. (2002). Russkii protestantizm i gosudarstvennaya vlast’ v 1905–1991 godakh [Russian Protestantism and State Power, 1905–1991]. St Petersburg, Izdatel’stvo Evropeiskogo universiteta. 356 p.

Potapova, N. V. (2014). Evangel’skoe khristianstvo i baptizm v Rossii v 1917–1992 gg. (na materialakh Dal’nego Vostoka) v 2 t. [Evangelicals and Baptists in Russia in 1917–1992 (with Reference to Materials from the Far East). 2 Vols.]. Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, Izdatel’stvo Sakhalinskogo gosudarstvennogo universiteta. Vol. 1. 399 p. Vol. 2. 269 p.

Raber, M. (2016). Ministries of Compassion among Russian Evangelicals, 1905–1929. Eugene, Oregon, Pickwick Publ. XIII + 239 p.

Red’kina, O. (2003). Mennonitskaya kooperatsiya v Volgo-Donskom regione v 1920-e gg. [Mennonite Cooperation in the Volga-Don Region in the 1920s]. In Ekonomicheskaya istoriya Rossii: problemy, poiski, resheniya. Iss. 5. Moscow, Volgograd, Izdatel’stvo Volgogradskogo gosudarstvennogo universiteta, pp. 243‒260.

Wardin, A. (2013). On the Edge: Baptists and Other Free Church Evangelicals in Tsarist Russia, 1855–1917. Eugene, Oregon, Wipf & Stock. X + 533 p.
How to Cite
Dyck, J. (2018). Evangelicals and Baptists between 1905 and 1929: The Ministry of Compassion. Quaestio Rossica, 6(2), 596–604. https://doi.org/10.15826/qr.2018.2.315
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