Christian Ministry—Pastoring/Church Planting
Pastoring and/or Bible Teaching
Robert Miksa is a pastor in Gdansk, Poland.
When did you trust Christ?
I became a Christian when I was a teenager at a Billy Graham crusade in Poland. I was then baptized in 1979.
What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?
There have been numerous defining moments in my life as a Christian, including: being discipled for three years in a small group organized by the Navigators; taking several courses from Bible Education by Extension, which deepened my faith; being involved in Advanced Training Studies for young pastors organized by the BEE staff, which helped me to understand the nature of ministry; and studying at Christian Theological Academy.
Why do you want to attend the Forum?
The Forum helps me to understand the problems I am facing as a minister. It is also very encouraging and refreshing, especially after a whole year of sometimes hard times in ministry. This past year’s seminars with Bobb Biehl were very helpful, very practical, and exactly what I needed in my ministry. The teaching on issues related to homosexuality was also very helpful. The Forum is probably the best conference I have ever attended, both because of its speakers and content, and because of the encouragement I receive from people. The Forum helps me to develop my skills in apologetics as well.
What is your ministry?
I have been the pastor of a Baptist Church in Poland for 27 years. I was one of three young pastors on a small pastoral team when the church began. Right now I am the senior pastor. I am involved in several of the church’s ministries. I work with youth and students, and I do apologetics, preaching, teaching, and some counseling. I also teach hermeneutics in a Baptist seminary and write articles for Poland’s national Baptist magazine. We are also planting new churches in the area.
What are your past leadership roles?
I was a youth leader. I was a choir leader. I have led Bible studies. I have preached. I was an elder. I wrote articles for Christian magazines on the Christian life and apologetics issues. Current I am a senior pastor.
Why should someone invest in your ministry?
It seems to me that what is needed in today’s ministry is a more apologetic approach in preaching, teaching, and evangelism. It seems to me that God is using me in these fields, but I see my limits. I need more training in apologetics and preaching.