Church Life, Leadership, and Planting
Kata Balog is a worship leader and works in children’s ministry.
When did you trust Christ?
I first heard the Gospel when I was 5 years old. I attended a church service with my mom, where I was taught about Jesus and what He has done for me. I felt a calling in my soul and I gave my life to Jesus at that time.
What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?
I had a good group of Bible teachers in my church and I learned a lot from them. As I was growing up I helped in children’s camps, at youth conferences, in small groups, and in my church’s youth ministry. When I was a university student I participated in an IFES group with two other students; I learned so much from the coordinators and the workers of IFES in Hungary. I visited churches depending on which city I lived in and I finally began to serve at Agora Church in Budapest. I could see the people there growing in Christ. Currently I am serving on the worship team and in the children’s ministry in the church.
Why do you want to attend the Forum?
I have learned so much more about God and about how to live as a member of the body of Christ because of the Forum. I have grown as a Christian. I have learned more about God and His work and His plan for my life and my church. I have built networks and relationships with others from other countries and have been able to share the outcomes with my church and with others from my country. The Forum is such a blessed week, where I meet new people who I can learn from and share with.
What is your ministry?
I was formerly in Wales and have returned to Hungary. Currently I am serving on the worship team in my church. I am also working with the children in the children’s ministry. In the last year I was also part of the leadership of our church while our pastor was on his sabbatical. I am making in steps in how to do church revitalization in my church and I am trying to find other dominations in my country who are open to start church revitalization ministry. I am planning to start a PhD program on this topic. Finally, I serve as a volunteer for the Hungarian National Forum.
What are your past leadership roles?
I was a leader in my old church in the youth ministry, but I moved to a new city. I was a leader in our IFES group at the university for almost two years, where I helped with the weekly meetings. I was also a worship leader before moving to Wales to help plant a church with a couple of pastors from England.
Why should someone invest in your ministry?
I can see some of the problems in churches in Hungary that make the people frustrated. Many people are “religious,” but they are not really believers. I would like to help them find a way to change their thinking about Christianity, ministry, and theology. I would like to help people find Jesus so that their scars can be healed and they can become new.