Edgaras Untulis|| forum funded ::

Edgaras Untulis|| forum funded ::

Country:
Lithuania
Occupation:
Christian Ministry – Pastoring/Church Planting
Forum Network:
Pastoral Counselors
Ministry Focus:
Pastoring and/or Bible Teaching
Edgaras Untulis is a pastor in Plungé, Lithuania.
When did you trust Christ?
I made the decision to trust and follow Jesus in March 1991.
What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?
After my decision to follow Jesus, I started to serve in the church, preach, and do other activities in Christian ministry.
Why do you want to attend the Forum?
Participating in the Forum is so helpful for me because it gives me the chance to be closer to the pastors from all across Europe. Through the workshops, I can learn how ways of encouraging other believers to spread the name of the Lord in Lithuania. I will be able to use the knowledge I receive at the Forum to improve my pastoring and leadership skills. I will be able to use what I learn in my local church, and in my city and country. The Lord has opened up doors through the Forum! I want to attend to improve my relationship with Jesus.
What is your ministry?
I am a pastor. As a pastor I cultivate everyday Bible reading and prayer life. Every Sunday I preach in our church and in other churches in the area. I organize prayer meetings, seminars, counseling, fellowship between church members, and evangelization events in my local community.
What are your past leadership roles?
I have been a pastor since 1995.
Why should someone invest in your ministry?
With God’s help, I have been faithful in ministry for over 20 years.
Steponas Davidavicius|| forum funded ::

Steponas Davidavicius|| forum funded ::

Country:
Lithuania

Occupation:
Christian Ministry – Pastoring & Church Planting

Forum Network:
Youth Ministry

Ministry Focus:
Children/Youth

Steponas Davidavicius is a youth camp leader and Bible teacher.

When did you trust Christ?

As long as I can remember, I have believed that there is a God. I grew up in a Christian home, and at age 13, at a Christian camp, I decided to get baptized and follow Christ. When I think about this decision now, I don’t think I fully understood what I was doing then. As time went by and I struggled to follow Christ, I always affirmed that decision and continued to seek Him and stay faithful.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

The most impactful experiences happened in summer camps, where my parents served as leaders. I just followed in their footsteps until my teenage years. Summer camps have been important because they always inspired me to believe. I think I really grew in faith after my marriage because I always struggled with lust. After being married for a year-and-a-half, I could freely and easily seek Christ, and it was awesome. In recent years I led a weekly Bible study and became one of the main leaders in the summer camps. This responsibility helped me to lean on the Bible daily and explore it more deeply.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

I hope to be encouraged and equipped to do to a better job in ministry. I believe mentoring and building relationships with other youth leaders will help me be more effective in helping others grow spiritually, and it will give me practical ways to do so. I hope to develop clarity of vision that will move me forward in ministry.

What is your ministry?

My ministry responsibilities are leading a Bible study every week for teenagers, organizing and serving at a church summer camp, and also organizing a Gospel-centered camp for nonbelieving teenagers. This year I will start doing outreach to our local community by starting clubs with games and fun activities.

What are your past leadership roles?

I was camp leader for 5-6 years. I led a Bible study for three years.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I hope to build a life-long ministry to reach the youth of the world. Being part of the European Leadership Forum and receiving mentoring will help me to become more effective as an evangelical youth leader.

Romas Tuominis|| forum funded ::

Romas Tuominis|| forum funded ::

Country:
Lithuania

Occupation:
Christian Ministry—Pastoring/Church Planting

Forum Network:
Youth Ministry

Ministry Focus:
Pastoring and/or Bible Teaching

Romas Tuominis is a church pastor and church planter.

When did you trust Christ?

I was born in a Christian family and grew up in the church. Even so, it was not until 1989 when I was age 17 that I personally confessed Jesus Christ as my Savior.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

There are several factors that have influenced my life as a Christian. Firstly, I attended and completed my studies in our fellowship’s Bible school. Secondly, I started my ministry in the local church, where I have had to depend on God daily. Thirdly, I founded several new churches in Lithuania (and to this day I am still the pastor of one of them). Fourthly, I graduated from the Evangelical Bible Institute in Lithuania. By taking a role of leadership at the church, I clearly understand that I must always be learning and be ready to renew my mind.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

As a leader I want to have a mentor who can give me insights on how I can improve, renew, and change my ministry. My church is also planning to plant a new church, so attending the Forum’s Network on church planting will be of enormous help as we begin this process.

What is your ministry?

I have been a pastor for 26 years. Every day we are looking for opportunities to reach people with different needs. In order to answer to these needs, we have founded rehabilitation and children’s day care centers. Through these ministries we have been able to serve many people. In the future I would also like to focus on training new leaders.

What are your past leadership roles?

In the past I have been the missions leader for the Siauliai region in our church denomination, a teacher at a Bible school, and a member of the board of fellowship of Lithuanian Evangelical Churches.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

In our region the percentage of Christian is very small. I want to reach those who are still non-believers. If my training is supported by individuals, I will be able to do my ministry more efficiently.

Sigita Linkyte|| forum funded ::

Sigita Linkyte|| forum funded ::

Country:
Czech Republic

Occupation:
Christian Ministry—Pastoring/Church Planting

Forum Network:
Disciple-Making Leaders

Ministry Focus:
Children and/or Youth

Sigita Linkyte is a youth minister in her local church.

When did you trust Christ?

I made my decision to follow Jesus when I was 16-year-old. The church that my family attended started Alpha courses for young people and I was invited to join them. I learned so much about Jesus and the Bible and why they are the truth. During a weekend away with my group from the course, I was convicted by the Holy Spirit. I realized that I need Him as my savior. I had committed so many sins, but I knew that He would still forgive me and that He still loved me. This changed me. I wanted to get to know Jesus better and help others to get to know Him also.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

One of my closest friends died not long after I decided to follow Jesus. It caused me so much pain. But I felt that Jesus was always near me and that He was now my closest friend. Without Him I would have been completely crushed. Another important moment was when I had to move to another city to study. I was alone and away from my family and friends. But God was faithful and never left me. He comforted me and brought peace to my heart. After a couple of weeks in my new city I found a group of Christians from various churches who gathered once in a week to share about their lives and to worship God. This had great impact on me. I found that other Christians could be like family members even if I had just met them. While studying I had a mentor (from the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students organization). She helped me to deepen and strengthen my faith. Together we read a book written by John Stott called Contemporary Christian. And now I am serving in my local church as the youth minister. By studying God’s Word with children and teenagers, by seeing how they grow in faith, I also understand more of who God is. It is also a big challenge for me to serve them and lead them. But with prayer and by studying God’s Word I find that He is faithful.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

The Forum has really blessed me with the fellowship and encouragement I have received there. The time spent in the presence of God has shown me what I am doing wrong as a leader and how I should change that. But step by step I am willing to change and entrust to God what I am doing.

What is your ministry?

Once in a week our youth group gathers together to study the Bible, share our insights, and to worship and pray together. I also meet personally with some of the girls to study the Bible together. I mentor them and disciple them so that they will be mature Christians who can serve others and serve themselves.

What are your past leadership roles?

In addition to the youth group, I organize events like worship nights. I serve youth in our church’s summer camp.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

Our city is a big mission field. We are a small church, but we want to reach people outside of it. I am young and I believe that I can lead the youth in our church and reach teens outside of the church. I find it easy to make new connections, to get to know a person better and lead them to the Christ.

Viktorija Navikaite|| forum funded ::

Viktorija Navikaite|| forum funded ::

Country:
Lithuania

Occupation:
Christian Ministry—Pastoring/Church Planting

Forum Network:
Disciple-Making Leaders

Ministry Focus:
Children and/or Youth, Worship

Viktorija Navikaite is a youth leader and works as the coordinator of a project that matches volunteers with organizations for the European Union in Lithuania.

When did you trust Christ?

I grew up in a Christian family, so faith was a part of my life from the childhood. But I made the personal decision to accept Jesus as my savior when I was 13-years-old while I was attending a Christian camp for teenagers. I was baptized that same year.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

During the first years of my university studies I began attending a new church in a new city. I knew that church and the pastor quite well because I grew up in the same denomination in my previous city. It seemed as if God had prepared a place for me in the church. I joined the leadership team of the church’s youth department and got involved in the life of the church in general. It was a huge step for me.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

Being at the Forum is so beneficial for me because I can learn so much. The seminars and sessions give me amazing information and practical tips and show me how I can put that knowledge into practice. I can not only listen, but I can ask questions and have my questions answered. I can hear stories from others about how they deal with ministry challenges. All of these things equip me and I can go on to help others in my church and in the youth ministry. I want God’s name to be more widely known in Lithuania and for more people to become disciples of Christ.

What is your ministry?

I am the youth leader of our church. I also lead a weekly small group. As a youth leader I am responsible for encouraging, equipping, teaching, discipling, mentoring, and serving the youth. I work as the coordinator of a European Union volunteering project for young people from age 17-30. I help organizations select volunteers, form partnerships with hosting organizations, and sometimes help with trainings for various projects.

What are your past leadership roles?

In the past I have helped in different children’s camps. Three year in a row I was participated in a youth conference where I led small groups.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I think that individuals may want to invest in my training because I will go with an open heart and mind and will afterwards put my knowledge into practice. My reason for attending the Forum is to be equipped and to be refreshed with new ideas. Youth ministry is no less important than other ministries. It’s really important to serve the youth because they are the generation who will begin leading the church.

Diana Vaskeliene|| forum funded ::

Diana Vaskeliene|| forum funded ::

Country:
Lithuania

Occupation:
Christian Ministry—Pastoring/Church Planting

Forum Network:
Bible Teachers and Preachers

Ministry Focus:
Pastoring and/or Bible Teaching

Diana Vaskeliene is an assistant pastor and the leader of small group leaders.

When did you trust Christ?

I became a Christian in the autumn of 1991. One of my university friends started talking to me about Jesus. She brought me some books about the Christian faith and I started reading them. I also started reading the Bible and finally decided to give my heart to Jesus. I did that while praying at home. Then I began to attend the church The Word of Faith and a home group.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

I am happy I had good friends who were also my home group leaders. They impacted my faith most. Later I had to decide to stay in our church when our previous pastor was made redundant.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

I hope to get more knowledge and practice in the field of pastoring and leadership. I need more training in mentoring, I need skills for that. I would like to have my own mentor

What is your ministry?

I am the assistant pastor in our church. I am mainly responsible for the home groups in our church. I am also a preacher. I am a member of the board of our church.

What are your past leadership roles?

First I was a teacher in the Bible school for children in our church. Then I was the leader of a home group. After that I became a leader for other leaders of several home groups.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I will do my best to invest my new knowledge and practice in other ministers and lay people in our church.

Darius Sirvys|| forum funded ::

Darius Sirvys|| forum funded ::

Country:
Lithuania

Occupation:
Christian Ministry—Pastoring/Church Planting

Forum Network:
Bible Teachers and Preachers

Ministry Focus:
Pastoring and/or Bible Teaching

Darius Sirvys is a pastor, dean at a Bible college, and a theology teacher.

When did you trust Christ?

While studying at the university in 1992 I started searching for the meaning of life and started raising questions about faith. I came to the Word of Faith Church and heard the Gospel. However, an inner battle started in my heart between the desire to live for myself and the desire to find the right way of life. Even though I said “no” to the church, God continued to tug at me. Finally I gave in to Jesus. I accepted God’s love and repented of my sins.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

Things that have helped me to grow include practical ministry, theological studies, and my pastoral responsibilities.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

The Forum helps to broaden my horizons. It is very important source of biblical wisdom and encouragement for my Christian life and pastoral ministry. It gives me the opportunity to learn from the experiences of other Christians and will be able to improve my Bible preaching skills. I am also able to invite speakers from the Forum back to Lithuania to train leaders in my own context.

What is your ministry?

I am the full time pastor of an evangelical church in Vilnius and a teacher at a church-established private Christian gymnasium. At the same time I am the dean and a teacher at Evangelical Bible Institute and a member of the pastoral board of fellowship of evangelical churches of Lithuania. My responsibilities are to preach and teach the Bible, to provide pastoral care and leading, and to organize various Christian events and activities.

What are your past leadership roles?

I have been a home group leader, supervisor of home group leaders, freelance assistant pastor at the local church, and supervisor of the Vilnius region of churches.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

As a pastor, I am responsible for pastoring about 300 Christians. I need to grow and improve my skills to communicate God’s Word in a biblical, credible, and engaging way. I need training to be able to deepen maturity in believers, as well as address the challenges.

Ramunas Jukna|| forum funded ::

Ramunas Jukna|| forum funded ::

Country:
Lithuania

Occupation:
Christian Ministry—Pastoring/Church Planting

Forum Network:
Church Life, Leadership, and Planting

Ministry Focus:
Pastoring and/or Bible Teaching

Ramunas Jukna is a local church pastor and counselor.

When did you trust Christ?

I was 13 years old when I first heard the Gospel. I was at a movie theater and watched the “Jesus” movie. I was deeply touched. But it was not until three years after that that I met some evangelicals who invited me to follow Jesus. I did so on June 18, 1994.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

First was my decision to become a Christian in 1994. After that, I attended a Bible School from 1997-1998. In 1999 I married my wife, Vilma. She is my supporter and helper in daily life and ministry. In the spring of 2000 I became the leader of the youth group in my church. I became a pastor in 2004. After two years I began studying theology at Evangelical Bible Institute, which was very helpful for my ministry. In 2015, I was in the United States at Dallas Theological Seminary for three weeks for an intensive pastoral training. There, I was renewed and encouraged, and God opened up to me a bigger view of my mission and calling.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

I need to learn more and need to be connected, updated and inspired in the ministry. I think that the Forum is the best place for that. I would like to invite more pastors, elders and leaders from our fellowship of churches to participate in the Forum because we need to be renewed.

What is your ministry?

I am serving in our local church as a pastor. I preach and teach the Word of God. I write articles for websites and the newspaper. I counsel people. I lead a home group for leaders. I preach in different churches in my country. I go on short-term mission trips to the Philippines with the charity organization Hope Centres, during which we work with street children and their parents.

What are your past leadership roles?

I have ministered in these roles: leader of a youth group, pastor of a local church, and as a youth pastor.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

Evangelicals in my country are a small minority. We don’t have a lot of opportunities to learn theology, to receive training, or to connect with other leaders of evangelical movements and churches in Europe. I think that I need to update my biblical knowledge, to hear about the experiences of others, and to become connected to other leaders here in Europe.

Jurgita Kucinskiene|| forum funded ::

Jurgita Kucinskiene|| forum funded ::

Country:
Lithuania

Occupation:
Christian Ministry—Pastoring/Church Planting

Forum Network:
Church Life, Leadership, and Planting

Ministry Focus:
Pastoring and/or Bible Teaching

Jurgita Kucinskiene is the pastor of a church in Lithuania.

When did you trust Christ?

I was born in a Roman Catholic family. On January 4, 1992, I went to a newly founded church in my city. During the prayer time that day I experienced the closeness of Jesus. I prayed to be reborn and repented of my sins. It was a radical conversion. My life started to change. Since then I have followed Jesus.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

One of the defining moments in my life was during a difficult time in my marriage. During that time I did not let go of the hand of Jesus. I was forced to seek answers, to pray, to repent, and thus to grow in Christ.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

The Forum will provide me with tools to help broken families. It will help me to connect with other believers from across Europe.

What is your ministry?

I am a pastor. I preach not only in the local church, but also in other Lithuanian cities. I advise people in the church, organize activities, and minister in the church and outside it.

What are your past leadership roles?

For as far back as I can remember, I have always been willing to take on responsibility. In 2005 I was appointed to the leadership team of the local church in which I was reborn. In 2012 I was ordained as a pastor at the same church. For a year I led a home for disabled adults.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I want to become a more effective minister. I believe the Forum can help me to do that.

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