Michal Bares|| forum funded ::

Michal Bares|| forum funded ::

Czech Republic

Christian Ministry—Pastoring/Church Planting

Forum Network:
Church Life, Leadership, and Planting

Ministry Focus:
Church Planting

When did you trust Christ?

I worked for a Christian company in Prague. My boss was a Christian and he told me about Christianity. After listening to him talk, I realized that I wanted to be a Christian as well, but I did not know how to become one. At this time, my wife and I were studying at university and she attended a Christian student ministry meeting. Because of that we were visited by Christians who told us about Jesus and what He had done for us. I began to read the New Testament and attended a Bible study on the Gospel of John. Finally I accepted Jesus into my heart after attending an Integrity Life meeting.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

I began serving in student ministry. I joined a discipleship group and started attending a prayer meeting. I started to teach some Bible studies myself. Then I accepted an offer to be a full time, one year staff member in a university student ministry. A growing desire for church planting led me to Lighthouse Church, which has a focus on planting healthy new churches. I accepted an offer to work in that church, first for half a year, and later for three years, preparing to be a church planter in a new church plant. I have seen the most growth in myself when I have taken responsibility and undergone discipleship.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

I want to participate in the Forum so that I can take a brief step back to plan for ministry and pray, so that I can be inspired and encouraged.
What is your ministry?

I am responsible for events and management in the local church and help with our church planting network. I develop missional communities and make disciples and small groups.
What are your past leadership roles?

I worked in student ministry for one year in Prague. We planned ministry, made disciples who made other disciples, evangelized, shared the Gospel with university students, and hosted English camps and winter camps for new students which were in contact with us. I was involved in preparing student conferences and student weekends.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I want to help make new leaders and encourage those who are leading, but to do that I need training myself.

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