Christian Ministry—Pastoring/Church Planting
Pastoring and/or Bible Teaching
Sinisa Nadazdin is a pastor working among immigrants and refugees in Montenegro.
When did you trust Christ?
I surrendered my life to the Lord on May 1, 1999. That was the end of a five-year long period in which I was challenged to start thinking about life, God, and what my relationship to Him should be. During this period, God led me through many challenging situations and trials that eventually led me to a biblical understanding of who He is and how He relates to us. Eventually, after several emotionally and mentally painful periods, God brought me to my knees where I surrendered control of my life to Him.
What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?
Some of the most defining moments were those when I learned how to combine theory and practice: how to implement the Gospel into real life and bring it to the “lowest of the low.” It was through such interactions that the Gospel presented itself as living and powerful.
Why do you want to attend the Forum?
I am hoping that through experiences and relationships made at the Forum that I will be challenged in a way that will help me improve the way I serve God and the Roma-Ashkali/Egyptian community. I am hoping I will be able to learn and apply best practices that will make our ministry more effective and productive. I am hoping to be able to connect our ministry to the resources it needs for its further development.
What is your ministry?
I am a pastor in Montenegro. My ministry is to the Roma-Ashkali/Egyptian community in Podgorica, Montenegro. This community predominantly includes the refugee population from Kosovo, but as time goes by also the local, domicile Roma and Ashkali-Egyptians. This community is almost exclusively Muslim and is one of the few Roma groups in Europe that has not had Christian revival. Therefore it is fair to say that we are among the first established Christian groups in this community.
What are your past leadership roles?
I have been in leadership positions in many Christian projects and initiatives in Montenegro. The most significant ones have been leading humanitarian and social work in local evangelical church and being the leader of the Christian ministry to Montenegrin politicians.
Why should someone invest in your ministry?
Our ministry is unique in a way that it is the only “established” ministry to the Albanian speaking Roma (predominantly Arli) and Ashkali/Egyptian population in Montenegro. According to my best knowledge, although there are several ministries to the Roma in Albania (cities of Lezhe, Tirane, Durres and Elbasan) and some attempts in Prishtine (Kosovo), I have not heard of an evangelical church among these two groups, particularly the Roma. The truth is that there are Roma and Ashkali/Egyptian believers, but I have not heard of a church consisting of a majority of them. Apart from this, this is one of the rare ministries to the Muslim Gypsies (as Albanian speaking Roma and Ashkali/Egyptians are) who remain (apart from Southern Serbia and somewhat in Bulgaria and Macedonia) a largely unreached group.