Bosnia and Herzegovina
Christian Ministry – Pastoring/Church Planting
Pastoring and/or Bible Teaching
Sasa Nikolinovic is the pastor of the Sarajevo Evangelical Church.
When did you trust Christ?
I became a Christian in 1991 after years of searching and questioning the meaning of life.
What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?
The first defining moment was the first time I went to church. I experienced God’s presence and that changed the direction of my life forever. Being in the army during the war in Bosnia after I became a believer was a tremendous experience and a true moment of growth for me. My baptism and the call to full-time ministry in 1995 were further defining moments. In 2001, I received the invitation to take over the leadership of the church at which I am pastor.
Why do you want to attend the Forum?
The Forum is an oasis where I can find all the needed resources and inspiration for ministry in my country. The Forum helps me to maximize the talents God has given to me for His glory.
What is your ministry?
I am the pastor of a church that meets in two locations in Sarajevo. My ministry is focused around preaching, teaching, counseling, building new leaders, and making disciples. I am involved in a summer camps ministry for our church denomination and in the organization of one of the two major youth conferences in my country. I am also involved with the FEUER network for student evangelists, which has had a major university outreach in recent years.
What are your past leadership roles?
I served as an elder of the Sarajevo Evangelical Church from 1995-2001, and have been serving as senior pastor since 2001. I have served as chairman on several boards in our denomination, most notably on the summer camps board, which is one of the most important activities of our denomination. Through this ministry we are doing evangelism and discipleship programs for kids, teenagers, youth, and adults. I am also currently the Secretary of the Evangelical Alliance in Bosnia.
Why should someone invest in your ministry?
Bosnia is one of the two least evangelized countries in Europe. There are around 5 million people and not more than 1,000 born again Christians. Along with the people with whom I work, I have a deep love for our country and want to see every person reached for Christ. Christian hope is the only hope for this tormented country that still needs to recover from the Bosnian war for independence. I live in Sarajevo, the capital city. There are about 325,000 people here and the population is 90% Muslim. As you can imagine, it is not always easy to reach out and proclaim the Good News. But still, Sarajevo is a city that God wants to reach and there are plenty of opportunities for doing that.