Christian Ministry—Pastoring/Church Planting
Church Life, Leadership, and Planting
Pastoring and/or Bible Teaching
Eris Cango is a pastor and church planter.
When did you trust Christ?
I first heard about Jesus while watching “The Jesus Film.” I felt something stirring inside of me after the movie and I became curious about God. A few months later I went to a Christian event and heard some of the same songs I had heard when I saw “The Jesus Film.” I began attending church not long after. I was 12-years-old at the time. I trusted in the Lord and gave my life to Jesus on February 12, 1995. One year later I was baptized.
What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?
One day in 1995 during a baptism service at church the presence of God was so powerful that my heart was full of joy for a long time afterwards. I was just a child, but I felt God so near. I decided that I should be baptized myself. In my baptism God came into my life. I saw my deep need for Him. I laid down for more than 2 hours crying before the Lord and felt completely new. I was 13 at that time.
Why do you want to attend the Forum?
I will gain so many things through the Forum and I will be able to share those things with people at home. My church is very mission-oriented; we plan to plant 2-3 congregations in the villages around us and, hopefully, outside of Albania as well. I want to be more equipped to plant churches. The teaching and seminars at the Forum will also be useful. I am studying for a master’s degree in theology right now, so the Forum will help me in that area as well.
What is your ministry?
I am the main pastor of Emanuel Church in Kamez. I am also responsible for a church in Kamez and another congregation in a village near us. Along with our eldership team, I am responsible for the teaching and discipleship training. Our church also runs a non-profit organization and I coordinate that. Because of my past experience I was also doing administrative work for the church, but I am passing that on to others one step at a time.
What are your past leadership roles?
I previously served in the church’s worship group and was responsible for the sound system. I have served with teenagers and youth. I was part of the church’s eldership team before I was the pastor.
Why should someone invest in your ministry?
I have fully given my life to ministry. I am 35-years-old and eager to learn more and equip myself for ministry. My team and I need this international experience so that we can move forward and expand our ministry. I am investing in studying theology and want to go deeper in the Word of God so that I may invest back in the church. I hope that the whole community will be blessed and influenced.