Kata Balog|| forum funded ::

Kata Balog|| forum funded ::

Country:
Hungary
Occupation:
Christian Ministry—Other
Forum Network:
Church Life, Leadership, and Planting
Ministry Focus:
Worship
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.
Erno Nagy|| forum funded ::

Erno Nagy|| forum funded ::

Country:
Hungary

Occupation:
Social Services

Forum Network:
Pastoral Counselors

Ministry Focus:
Counseling

Erno Nagy is the director of a Christian charity in Hungary.

When did you trust Christ?

I grew up in a Christian family and attended a Baptist church. I heard the Gospel many times. Unfortunately, I feared death and my main goal was to avoid hell. I had no idea how to become a Christian until one day I heard a friend explaining the Gospel to a common friend, and it hit me. At that time, I put my faith on a healthy foundation and not on the fear of hell.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

The church leader of the Brethren Church in my home city had a big impact on my life, as did the youth group in that church. Later I experienced an influencing and defining time at the Bible School in Wiedenest, and after that at the Akademie für Weltmission in Korntal. These schools were important not only for theological formation, but also in my personal faith. Eight or nine years ago I had a deep personal life crisis – it wasn’t an easy time, but it had a huge impact on my life. The counseling process was very helpful, and I decided to study counseling at the University in Budapest (which also had an intense impact in my life).

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

It is always a benefit to “stretch the mind” and discover new resources – not only for ongoing ministry but for my own spiritual health, too. Additionally, meeting people from different ministries is inspiring.

What is your ministry?

I have been leading the organization Biblia Centrum, a Christian charity, for almost 20 years. I also participate in church ministries: preaching, organizing conferences, youth ministry, marriage ministry, and counseling (equipping, small groups, marriage, singles).

What are your past leadership roles?

I have been the director of a Christian charity, Biblia Centrum, for 20 years.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I believe it is important to continue growing in my spiritual life. It is my conviction that the effectiveness of my ministry will never be larger than my spiritual development. I desire to become better in the areas I currently serve in and to find effective help in areas where I am not as strong (i.e., organizing).

Csilla Panzel|| forum funded ::

Csilla Panzel|| forum funded ::

Country:
Hungary/amoteam_text]
Occupation:
Christian Ministry – Other

Forum Network:
Bible Teachers and Preachers

Ministry Focus:
Children and/or Youth

Csilla Panczel is an accountant for a ministry that works with children.

When did you trust Christ?

I was raised in a Christian home and decided to follow Jesus when I was 16. One evening I was in my room and God convicted me about choosing a direction for my life. I chose to give Him the authority over my life and to follow Him.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

My dad and mom have had a huge impact on my life. Through my life they have constantly trusted God even in the toughest times. When my mom was diagnosed with an illness, both my parents trusted God, and were loving and kind. My grandparents, who have been married for more than 65 years, have also been a great example of faith to me. God has also shown me how to work in a secular workplace, how to love people and live the Gospel out.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

I would like to meet people and I learn from other people who have more experience than me. For me it is also important that every guideline is based on the Bible, as this is what I can pass on to the people I serve. I hope to learn many important things in the Forum’s Bible Teachers and Preachers Network.

What is your ministry?

I am an accountant for a ministry that works with children. I also lead a Bible study group in my church. I also lead the Sunday school and teach children in the church. My passion is to see people growing in love for the Word of God and I want them to see how much they can gain from studying the Word.

What are your past leadership roles?

I started as a volunteer in at the foundation and led small groups for children in the camps. I later became a counselor for this organization.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

Many people in Hungary have very strong stereotypes and fears about gypsies. Segregation is really a huge problem. People are judging others by their skin color or ethnic background. We want to raise awareness that Jesus can change such children’s lives and help them to live normal lives.

Zsolt Biro|| forum funded ::

Zsolt Biro|| forum funded ::

Country:
Hungary

Occupation:
Christian Ministry—Christian Organization

Forum Network:
Pastoral Counselors

Ministry Focus:
Pastoring and/or Bible Teaching

Zsolt Biro is a Bible teacher for Grace Ministries Hungary.

When did you trust Christ?

I became a Christian more than 20 years ago. I started to attend a Reformed church and began having conversations with the pastor. He gave me a book called “Why I Am a Christian,” written by Ole Kristian Hallesby. I read this book in parallel with the Bible itself. I wanted to know God and I wanted to have the same experiences that Ole Kristian Hallesby described in his book. One morning while I read from the Gospels, it was like my eyes were opened. I understood everything: why Jesus came, what the cross means, and that I needed to make a decision. I prayed and gave my whole life to my Creator that day.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

As I began to grow as a Christian, I became a leader, too. First, I taught I Sunday school. Then I taught in the church youth group. Later, I became one of the elders of my church. These were big steps in my faith and Christian walk. Now I am a teacher with Grace Ministries Hungary, where I try to serve my Lord in the nation of Hungary.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

Christian ministries are not really supported by churches in my country. It is very difficult to get relevant information about leadership, financial stewardship, and so forth. It would be a great step for my ministry to receive this kind of teaching and training through the European Leadership Forum. I think the biggest current need that I have in my organization is for me to develop personal leadership skills.

What is your ministry?

I work in several different ministries. The first is Grace Ministries Hungary, where I am a Bible teacher and disciple men in the Christian faith. I also organize an international evangelism conference called Balatonnet that serves around 1,200 people. I also run a Christian media ministry called Gospel Café where we try to reach as many people as we can through the media, including social media platforms, television, and book publishing.

What are your past leadership roles?

First, I taught Sunday school. Then I taught in a youth group. Next, I became an elder in my local church.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

Eastern Europe is in a very bad situation and my country is worse than average. Most people have not encountered the real Christian faith. We have to destroy those walls and show people the real Christian faith. Our mission is to show people the real Christian faith, heal them, and build them up as disciples of Christ.

Dora Szabados|| forum funded ::

Dora Szabados|| forum funded ::

Country:
Hungary

Occupation:
Health/Medicine

Forum Network:
Evangelism

Ministry Focus:
Counseling

Dora Szabados is the director of women’s ministry for Evangelical Christian Church Veszprem and a pastoral counselor.

When did you trust Christ?

In 1988 when I was almost 16, I went to a Christian camp where only girls were together and an old lady taught the Bible to us. One night she taught about the prodigal son and God put His hand on my sins and showed me how wretched I was. I asked for a personal conversation with this old woman and just cried and cried for an hour over my sins. Then we prayed together. I told Jesus everything I had said to the old woman. Since then the Lord has been taking care of me and changing my heart. I am very thankful to Him!

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

The old woman who prayed with me to accept Christ was a big influence on me. A woman from our church whose life was very difficult also influenced me because the way she loved the Lord was so intimate. Other defining moments were when I got married, when I had my children, and when my husband became a pastor.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

I want to become more competent in discipling younger Christians in the church. I also want to support my husband’s apologetic ministry and to be encouraged by other evangelical leaders.

What is your ministry?

I am the leader of the women’s ministry in our church. I hold a meeting for all the women in our church every month. Right now we are also studying a book together, which is developing relationships between the women. I regularly meet with women in the church who are in need of pastoral counseling. I also lead the worship on piano in the church.

What are your past leadership roles?

I have previously been involved in teaching pre-adolescent children at our church and organizing the entire ministry for them.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

First, I am involved in the counseling ministry of my church— both as a pastor’s wife and as someone who is interested (and hopefully gifted) in counseling. I would like to learn more about the biblical foundations of counseling. Secondly, I would like to support my husband as the Forum National Leader for Hungary, and therefore have a more personal experience of the Forum myself.

Attila Nagy|| forum funded ::

Attila Nagy|| forum funded ::

Country:
Hungary

Occupation:
Science and Technology

Forum Network:
Artists

Ministry Focus:
Apologetics

Atilla Nagy co-leads the marriage ministry in his church alongside his wife, has a career in telecommunications, and is also a playwright who hopes to communicate Christian truths through his plays.

When did you trust Christ?

I was 24, just married, when my wife persuaded me to attend the preparatory course for confirmation at her church. My life was gradually changed during that year and finally, at the confirmation ceremony, I could confirm my faith in Jesus Christ with my heart, my soul, and my mind.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

The defining moments have included my confirmation, during which my older son was baptized. I have learned about God’s promises with respect to our children (Psalm 127:3; Judges 13:7-8; James 1:17). I felt an immense growth during the months when I worked on a drama for which the main characters were two martyrs of the faith: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Zsigmond Varga. It has been a blessed journey for me.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

My heart is filled with joy that I can attend the European Leadership Forum. My first Forum was one of the most influential weeks of my life. The event gives me tremendous help in my ministry. I have received a lot of ideas and resources for my ministry. I met people who are dealing with similar issues as us; we are able to encourage and support one another. I am a playwright. My dream is to write a play which I can stage as an apologetic situation or a debate about our struggle in the human condition. During the Forum, I can learn a lot about apologetics and can meet people who might want to help me get the play written and published and staged.

What is your ministry?

In our congregation, my wife and I are co-organizers of the marriage ministry. This includes presentations and discussions about biblical marriage. We are beginning preparation of a new series based on FamilyLife’s Art of Marriage material. In addition to my professional career in telecommunications, I am also a playwright. I see a great amount of dramatic potential in apologetics.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I can see two reasons why individuals may want to invest in my ministry. First, marriage is under pressure and I would like to be better equipped for persuasively sharing the biblical view of marriage with the couples who attend our church events. Secondly, as a playwright, I have a calling to share the gospel. This is important because European culture has become totally post-Christian.

Tamas Schauermann|| forum funded ::

Tamas Schauermann|| forum funded ::

Country:
Hungary

Occupation:
Christian Ministry—Other

Forum Network:
Bible Teachers and Preachers

Ministry Focus:
Education and/or Training

Tamas Schauermann teaches hermeneutics and is a member of the steering committees of the Hungarian Evangelical Forum and Langham Preaching Hungary.

When did you trust Christ?

I grew up in a Christian family, attending Sunday school, youth group, and high school student ministry. I gave my life to Christ at a young age. During high school, an interdenominational student group was formed and later turned into the student mission at the local university; I was involved in this work from the time I was 17 all through my university years. As I became more committed to evangelism at my university, I had to sort out a lot of areas in my life and just let God take control. Through my involvement in student ministry, I learned a lot and experienced what it means to find God’s best intention with my life.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

Growing up in a Christian home, I was able to look to my parents as examples of how to live a godly life. However, it was a question that I would continually struggle with throughout my Christian walk. Right before I joined IFES’s year-team in London, I was faced with the question of whether I really believed what I had come to know through my upbringing, due to a friendly conversation with a Jehovah’s Witness. While I didn’t completely throw out my faith, I did search hard to try to find good reasons for what I believed. Ironically, I was a missionary all during this time. However, God slowly re-convinced me of His power and presence. He used different conferences, books, and leaders in the British and Hungarian student movement to do this.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

The Forum has been an extraordinary opportunity for me to speak to people, ask questions, and encounter new ideas from the widest possible range of European and North American Christian leaders. I have been able to use the resources and training provided in my everyday ministry. I am grateful for this opportunity, and would love to find new ways of building up a movement in my own country that would provide a healthier attitude towards Bible exposition, evangelism, and disciple making.

What is your ministry?

I am currently self-employed, working with clients in the area of graphic design, career coaching, team building, and Organisational development. I also teach hermeneutics in a small independent Bible school, lead Bible studies, preach on different occasions, and lecture on issues related to education and the biblical worldview. I am on the steering committee of the Hungarian Evangelical Forum (ELF Hungary) and of Langham Preaching Hungary.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

My whole ministry has been a great response to the trust, invested interest, time, and resources I received from others. I have always been puzzled as to why people feel that it is worth giving me scholarships, discounts on books, private conversations, etc. I am so thankful, but I don’t know why they do so. All I know is that I try to do the same with others. I try to invest into the training of others at least as much as others have invested in me. I always try to pay forward the trust I receive.

Peter Gyori|| forum funded ::

Peter Gyori|| forum funded ::

Country:
Hungary

Occupation:
Christian Ministry—Pastoring/Church Planting

Forum Network:
Evangelism

Ministry Focus:
Pastoring and/or Bible Teaching

Peter Gyori is a pastor and trains other pastors in his region.

When did you trust Christ?

I grew up in a Christian family. I am in the 10th generation of a line of pastors. Probably the most influential factor for me becoming a Christian was the way my family, my parents and grandparents lived their life. Their Christianity was genuine, natural, joyful, committed, sacrificial, and faithful. It was great to grow up in a family like that despite the fact that it was in the hostile, Communist era. Of course, I had to find Jesus for myself. In my early teens I was confronted with a troubling question: it is OK to know a lot about the Bible and Jesus, but what does He mean to me personally? That question stuck deep in my heart. Later someone challenged my faith and advised me to thoroughly investigate all the elements of my faith and Christian practice. I honestly did that. Finally I ended up saying: I don’t want to live a Christian life simply because I was taught so, but because I want Jesus as my God and Savior.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

My grandfather and his father-in-law were important figures in the revivals in Hungary in the 1920s, the 1940s and 1950s. My parents served Jesus in many different ways under the Communist regime. For example, they distributed smuggled Christian literature and contemporary Christian music. At that time it was fun and adventure. Later I understood what it really meant. Growing up in such a home had a great influence on me. It was an important turning point when I got received the call to be a pastor. Later I struggled with and survived cancer. Of course my pastoral ministry, post-graduate theological studies, and marriage have also a great importance in my Christian growth.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

The European Leadership Forum is a great learning and fellowship experience. Through the Forum I have been able to engage in new connections. The book store is also very helpful. I was able to pray with other leaders for the evangelization of Europe. It is funny to say, but I was also able to get to know other believers from my own country! I hope to be able to return and do all of that again.

What is your ministry?

I am the pastor of a church congregation with different kinds of ministry areas. I train other pastors in my region and so I am a pastor of pastors.

What are your past leadership roles?

I have been entrusted with leadership roles in many different situations ever since my youth: leading in camps, leading youth, and so on. When I became a pastor I was basically “re-planted” in a fairly large town, in an urban setting.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

In my country – as probably in most of the Western countries – we experience that the “traditional churches” have either lost their faithfulness to the word of God or their ability to impact the larger culture. We face a flood of secularism in a spiritually weakened country. Regaining our land for Christ is important. We need to train the next generation of leaders and plant new churches.

Adam Szabados|| forum funded ::

Adam Szabados|| forum funded ::

Country:
Hungary

Occupation:
Christian Ministry—Pastoring/Church Planting

Forum Network:
Theologians

Ministry Focus:
Evangelism

Adam Szabados has been the pastor of a church in Veszprém since 1999. He also has a popular blog on Christianity which has a million views every year.

When did you trust Christ?

I was brought up in the church, so I heard the Gospel from my early childhood. But it was in a Hungarian Fellowship of Evangelical Students camp that the grace of God conquered my resistance. I was 16 years old and I felt very guilty for my lifestyle. The Holy Spirit enabled me to give my entire life, will, mind, and heart to Almighty God. After that I knew from experience that Jesus is alive.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

I married my wife, Dóra, in 1996 and we decided to live in Veszprém and began to attend a church plant in the town. In 1999 I became the pastor of that church. A year later the church became an independent evangelical church. My years as a pastor of the church have been testing times for me, but also very rewarding. Times of loneliness and the burden of responsibility taught me to depend on God and about the incomprehensible covenantal love of Christ.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

When I came to the Forum the first time in 2004, I was a pastor who was isolated in the ministry and I was surrounded by many people who were drifting away from the faith. It was a very discouraging situation. And I had no idea there were so many other Christian leaders like me who either were struggling like me or had already found a larger fellowship or a pool of resources that they could rebuild their convictions. When I came to the Forum, I was just shocked by what I experienced.

The Lord has used the Forum in my life in unexpected ways. The Forum is helpful to me in so many ways. It is a blessing to meet other Christian leaders and to just encourage one another. We have lovely fellowship at our dinner tables, where we receive mutual encouragement from one another. It has been a great blessing to be able to meet speakers and participants who have such wonderful hearts.

What is your ministry?

I pastor an evangelical church. I have been a pastor for more than 20 years. I lead the work of the Hungarian Evangelical Forum, which is a direct fruit of the European Leadership Forum. I also write for a website which communicates the truthfulness of the Gospel to Hungarians, which has turned out to be an unexpected success. I am working on a PhD now in New Testament, which involves also teaching Greek and some other subjects at a university in Budapest. I also sometimes speak at conferences and other events.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I would like to thank you for your generosity and the support that I received from you so that I could participate in the Forum. Thank you for your financial support. May God bless you and give you a hundredfold return in spiritual riches! The Forum is a wonderful opportunity to be in the mainstream of European evangelical thinking and networking.

“I don’t see anything in Europe that would have a more powerful effect on the continent as far as the Gospel is concerned than the European Leadership Forum.”


Robert Lemperger|| forum funded ::

Robert Lemperger|| forum funded ::

Country:
Hungary

Occupation:
Christian Ministry—Christian Organization

Forum Network:
Leaders of Christian Organizations

Ministry Focus:
Evangelism

Robert Lemperger is the director of Evangelical Publisher and Literature Mission, a publishing company in Hungary.

When did you trust Christ?

I grew up in a Christian family. I made my decision to follow Jesus when I was 17-years-old after realizing that I was lost and that I owe my life to my Redeemer. While I was attending secondary school I read the Bible, but my heart was half in the world. However, after watching the lives of some servants of the Lord, I realized that Christianity is not only about knowledge, but also about a real connection to the Lord, and that to establish and uphold the relationship I needed to accept the grace of God because I was lost.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

When I was 17, I came into contact with a missionary organization. By watching the lives of missionaries, I realized that what I needed was to give my life to my Savior wholly.

There are two writers who have also had great impact on my faith. The books of Lawrence Crab have showed me the significance of relationships, especially my relationship with God, as well as how sinful human nature truly is. Through the books of C. S. Lewis, I have gained a deeper insight of the human soul and the work of God. Other very important moments of my Christian life have been when God taught me to rely solely on Him, for example when my wife and I both lost our jobs at the same time.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

I benefited so much from the last Forum that I think it will improve my work for God if I attend again. The Forum is an excellent opportunity to develop relationship between evangelical leaders. It concentrates spirit, knowledge, enthusiasm, experience, and ideas. I can use many things I have learned at the Forum in preaching and teaching.

What is your ministry?

I am the director of the Hungarian Evangelical Publisher and Literature Mission. It is a nonprofit organization for publishing. We publish 20-25 books per year. I am also the editor of our evangelical magazine and I write articles. I am an elder of the local Brethren church in Eger. It is a small church. I do preaching and teaching. We put a lot of effort into reaching lost people in our city. Evangelical believers are less than 1% in Hungary.

What are your past leadership roles?

I was a leader of a Hungarian youth mission. It is a mission organizing youth camps mainly for teenagers from both Christian and non-Christian backgrounds. I was a member of the leadership team, but because of a lack of time I now participate on a smaller scale. I was a member of the leadership team of the Hungarian Fellowship of Evangelical Students.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I could widely utilize the training and networking possibilities that the Forum provides in my service, especially in evangelical book and magazine publishing. The publisher and mission I work for needs external support and sponsorship to uphold the operation. It is not capable of subsidizing my participation in the Forum. I work in several aspects of Christian service, but my financial position is far too small to invest in such a profitable opportunity as the Forum.

Sandor Molnar|| forum funded ::

Sandor Molnar|| forum funded ::

Country:
Hungary

Occupation:
Christian Ministry—Pastoring/Church Planting

Forum Network:
Theologians

Ministry Focus:
Pastoring and/or Bible Teaching

Sandor Molnar is a church elder and Bible teacher.

When did you trust Christ?

I was an atheist. During my university years, one of my friends talked to me about Jesus. I was interested in Jesus and read the Bible, but I considered it foolishness. However, I was open to finding the truth and I so one day I said, “God if you exist I want to know you.” In those days my grandmother became ill and the doctors said she would most probably die after the operation. I was so depressed. My friend told me that I could ask God to heal my grandmother. I prayed to the God I did not believe in at that time. My grandmother fully recovered and the doctors did not understand. From that time on I started to read my Bible and very soon I recognized that the Bible was talking about me. I realized my sins. One day the whole picture became clear to me; it was like putting together a puzzle. I prayed and received Christ into my life.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

The most defining moment for me was at the very start of my Christian walk: when I realized that God existed and that He had revealed himself in the Bible. He has been my Pastor ever since, leading me, using different people like my pastors, my Christian friends, my wife, different life situations like longing for my spouse, building our home, or going through a disc hernia, etc. I cannot choose any particular moment because every day when I spend time with God and whenever I understand anything from Him, that is a defining moment for me.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

I believe that if I can grow in the skills of expository preaching God may use me to spread the Gospel and also help other Christians to grow more effectively. I also think I would benefit from meeting other fellow ministers who labor in the same kind of ministry.

What is your ministry?

I am currently an elder and Bible teacher at Calvary Chapel Budapest. Among my leadership duties my main ministry is a teaching ministry: I teach the Monday night in-depth Bible study at our church on a weekly basis. I have been teaching the Bible verse by verse, book by book, for the past eight years. I am also a theology student at Covenant Theological Seminary.

What are your past leadership roles?

I was a youth leader in a reformed church for five years. I was a home fellowship leader in Calvary Chapel for seven years. I have been an elder in Calvary Chapel Budapest for 15 years. I have been a regular weekly Bible teacher in Calvary Chapel Budapest for eight years.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

The main focus of my ministry here in Eastern Europe is twofold: preaching the Gospel so that God’s kingdom might grow and feeding God’s people with the Word of God so that they might grow up to maturity. Thank you to anyone who wants to invest in this ministry financially.

Istan Horvath|| forum funded ::

Istan Horvath|| forum funded ::

Country:
Hungary

Occupation:
Christian Ministry—Christian Organization

Forum Network:
Bible Teachers and Preachers

Ministry Focus:
Ministry Administration and Service

Istvan Horvath is the General Secretary of the Hungarian Evangelical Alliance.

When did you trust Christ?

I was 19 when I met Jesus Christ. Until that time I believed that God is existed, but I thought He was very distant from me and that I couldn’t know Him personally. But then I had an experience where I felt His presence and love. I prayed to God and received His forgiveness and His peace.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

I have had many joyful experiences in my life. I have also had a lot of trouble in my Christian life. But through every experience I have received the peace of God. After I became a Christian I stepped out of the Catholic Church and founded a little independent church. Sometimes our church was under pressure (mainly during the time of Communism) but God gave us His grace and the church grew. Later, problems started among us in the leadership of the church and we had some serious controversies and divisions. But God was with me through it all.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

I am a teacher and preacher in my church. I hope that through the Forum I can receive excellent, practical teaching that I can apply to my ministry. I want to talk with more experienced leaders and learn from them.

What is your ministry?

I lead the ministry of the Hungarian Evangelical Alliance as the general secretary. I lead a Bus4Life ministry through Operation Mobilization Hungary. We serve in the schools with a Pro Life program and among marginalized people (for example among prostitutes). I lead some other ministry trips, mainly with foreign mission teams and in various evangelistic summer camps. I also serve in ministry groups that work with the blind, with Roma people, and with people who have recently divorced. Finally, I am part of the leadership in our church; I preach regularly and am part of the praise and worship team.

What are your past leadership roles?

In 2000, I joined a local Baptist church where I became an elder, a home group leader, and a mentor for a church leader in an independent church. Prior to that, I was a pastor in our underground church from 1982-1999.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

If I learn more, I can share more with other leaders in my country.

Laszlo Beregi|| forum funded ::

Laszlo Beregi|| forum funded ::

Country:
Hungary

Occupation:
Christian Ministry—Christian Organization

Forum Network:
Disciple-Making Leaders

Ministry Focus:
Pastoring and/or Bible Teaching

When did you trust Christ?

I made my decision to follow Jesus on December 27, 1987. Some months before that date I started to read John’s Gospel and began to feel that God was speaking to me. The first personal message was John 3:16, which deeply affected me. I thought that if such wonderful sentences were in this book, then I had to read it. I did not come from a religious background, so reading John was a wonderful experience. It took hold of me and brought me to the verge of conversion. The last step before my conversion was watching the film “Sun Brother, Moon Sister.” I compared myself with the main character of the movie. I understood that I was not a good man and that I was a sinner who had no sense of his life. It was painful and hopeful at the same time because I had already believed in God’s personal love. I finally handed myself over to God. I confessed that I was a sinner and needed Jesus as my personal savior.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

It’s hard to summarize 29 years of walking with Christ! The most important moment of my development was when I encountered the message of the Exchanged Life Conference, which is about our new identity and the identifying process with Jesus. That was in 1999. I understood grace much deeper after that. I was so enthusiastic that I joined a counselling course based on that program. After graduating the course I was involved in teaching. The practice of counselling others helped me develop a lot as a Christian. Another significant moment was when I studied the prophecies about Jesus in the book of Isaiah. These are the so-called Ebed-Jahveh songs. I came to understand what it means that Jesus emptied himself.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

Above all else I hope that I experience the presence of Jesus. I hope that my views will broaden and that I will form relationships with other brothers and sisters. I want to learn everything that helps me to build my ministry.

What is your ministry?

I am the leader of a ministry called Grace Ministries. I do counselling and teach counselling on the basis of our new identity in Christ. I teach this grace-centered mindset based on the book of Romans and the process of identifying with Jesus based on John’s Gospel. Besides this, I teach in Exchanged Life conferences every second month. The main message is these conferences is that our old self, our old identity is dead (Gal. 2:20) and that we are brand new creatures (2 Cor. 5:17) in Christ Jesus. I have also been a church elder since 2004.

What are your past leadership roles?

From 1990-2004, I was a youth leader in my congregation. From 1997-2002, I was the chairman of the Hungarian Every Home for Christ foundation. From 2002-2012, I was a member of the Executive Board of the Hungarian Scripture Union.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I want to help people really exchange their mindset and their lives. People can deepen in the grace-centered mindset, which revolutionizes their lives as they experience the freedom from themselves that only Christ can give.

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