Dominik Svitel|| needs forum funding ::

Dominik Svitel|| needs forum funding ::

Country:
Slovakia
Occupation:
Christian Ministry – Other
Forum Network:
Youth Ministry Leaders
Ministry Focus:
Children and/or Youth
Dominik Svitel is a youth leader in Slovakia.
When did you trust Christ?
I grew up in an orphanage beginning at age four. From age eight to fifteen I attended the Catholic church on Sundays. A group from the Mission to the World organization visited our orphanage and would spend time with us and invited us to their church. I have always been interested in God and really enjoyed hearing the Gospel clearly and boldly. Becoming a believer was more of a process for me and not a one-day event. It all happened between my 15th and 18th year.
What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?
Every year I look back and see God at work in me and my growing dependence on Him. One strong defining moment was the first time I preached. It is still a blessed moment. I have mentored a couple of men throughout the years and I’m very thankful I had an opportunity to influence their lives. During the summer we organize camps and see God’s work. I am inspired to see teenagers moved by the word and Spirit. Two teenagers became believers through my sharing the Gospel with them. And, last but not least, I enjoy seeing how God is taking care of my ministry. I have been with CRU for six years and I love to focus all my time for Gods’ kingdom.
Why do you want to attend the Forum?
I hope to be inspired by what I hear and learn and by meeting new people. Hopefully I can make some connections to partner with other churches and organizations.
What is your ministry?
I am from Trnava, Slovakia, and I work for an organization called Athletes in Action. We develop sports potential in kids and teenagers in order to build platforms to share the Gospel.
What are your past leadership roles?
I have had a few leadership roles. I am currently part of a strategic team for the vision of our church and lead youth ministry for teenagers. Also, I am co-leading our home group. In the past I have organized camps and mission trips to other countries.
Why should someone invest in your ministry?
I would like to gain as much as possible and take all the good opportunities for spiritual and ministry growth back to those I serve in my country.
Tomas Matocha|| needs forum funding ::

Tomas Matocha|| needs forum funding ::

Country:
Slovakia

Occupation:
Christian Ministry – Pastoring/Church Planting

Forum Network:
Bible Teachers and Preachers

Ministry Focus:
Pastoring and/or Bible Teaching

Tomas Matocha is an assistant pastor in Slovakia.

When did you trust Christ?

I grew up in a Christian home but my first decision to trust and follow Jesus was made at a Christian summer camp when I was about 12 years old. When I was 22, following a period of internal unrest, I suddenly saw myself as utterly selfish and self-consumed. Then and there, in fear of any possible hidden compromise, I repented of all my sin and gave all of me – my skills, my ambitions, my life plans and dreams – to God. From then on, what God says goes since He deserves my complete obedience and devotion.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

In December 2013, I experienced hunger for God and sought direction for my life. God answered and called me to be one of His servants to bring the Gospel to this generation. I applied to study evangelical theology at the University of Matej Bel in Banska Bystrica, Slovakia. It was during my studies that I grew very close to the local Baptist church, and my wife and I ended up house-sharing with the local Baptist pastor. During the last year of my master’s program I had some doubts about becoming a pastor. After more than four months in the ministry, I clearly recognize this was the right decision. I have been growing in my relationship with God and fell in love with His church. Together with my wife, we see our place.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

I expect the European Leadership Forum to benefit my ministry in two ways: tools and contacts. The training will introduce me to new methods of doing ministry. I am keen to learn new skills and improve the ones I have in order to improve my effectiveness. At the same time, I am always encouraged to see others striving for the same goal – advancing His kingdom. I would like to meet Christians who work and are interested in the same ministries I am, namely, preaching, Bible teaching, and church revitalization. I expect to establish not only contacts for future cooperation, but also relationships with my brothers and sisters so that we benefit from each other as members of Christ’s body.

What is your ministry?

As an assistant preacher, I preach two or three times a month. I lead a weekly Bible study, provide pastoral care for the members of our church, disciple one young man and a young couple considering marriage. I actively participate in leading weekly youth meetings.

What are your past leadership roles?

I have some leadership experience from my service in Royal Rangers, the ministry in the church I grew up in. That included helping prepare weekly meeting activities, games, devotions, etc., for children. I also participated in the preparation and execution of several summer camps. During my theology studies, I organized a group of younger fellow students to serve with music and preaching in a local prison.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

By the grace of God, I demonstrated my devotion, diligence, and perseverance when I left my good-paying job and finished a summa cum laude, five-year-long, master’s program in evangelical theology. Despite many hardships along the way and with the support of my devoted wife and church family, I am now preparing to become an ordained pastor. Investing in my training will enable me to work more effectively and benefit the church.

Noah Johnson|| needs YRM funding ::

Noah Johnson|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Slovakia

Occupation:
Pastoring/Bible Teaching

Ministry Focus:
Pastoral Growth

What is your ministry?

I am currently serving by working with the local church and also teaching in a school. In the church I am mentoring and discipling as well as being involved in a regular youth outreach, preaching and speaking at outreach events. I am also working with a growing number of non-Christians studying the bible together, meeting weekly to talk, and also hosting a monthly dinner. With the school I am teaching from seven-year old’s to eighteen-year old’s, developing relationships not only with the students but also with the parents and teachers as well.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I believe that I would benefit greatly from the Forum not only by the teaching and information but also from the potential of networking with other church planters from Slovakia, getting a chance to hear and see others who are planting and reaching the lost in Europe also Slovakia. I would like to learn ways of being more effective in reaching the lost and also finding like-minded friends to help along the way.

What is your leadership role?

I have led regional youth conferences, developed new ministries, led a church plant, small groups, regularly preached, regularly led outreach activities, developed new sermon series, and discipled and mentored others.

Marek Tomsovic|| needs YRM funding ::

Marek Tomsovic|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Slovakia

Occupation:
Pastoring and/or Bible Teaching

Ministry Focus:
Pastors

What is your ministry?

My main ministry focus is currently preaching and leading. Together with my wife and another man, we lead one of three missional communities in our church, which provides more discipling and counselling opportunities. I am also involved in the wider youth ministry of my denomination, where I am one of the main speakers and seminar teachers. A few times I’ve had the privilege of speaking at Josiah Venture’s National Youth Conference in Slovakia. My wife and I are also praying about whether we should plant another church in our city.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I am from Slovakia, the very heart of Europe. I serve in a very Catholic city of 70,000 people. There is so much historic and old Christianity in my city that words like “Jesus,” “Christian,” and “faith” have all but been emptied of meaning. We are virtually the only evangelical church in the city. I hope to connect with other pastors and share life and struggles.

What is your leadership role?

Currently, I am in the midst of transitioning to becoming the lead pastor for our church.

Lea Miklosova|| needs YRM funding ::

Lea Miklosova|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Slovakia

Occupation:
Leadership in a Christian Organization

Ministry Focus:
Women in Organisational Leadership

What is your ministry?

I am the leader of a Baptist diaconia and our mission is to be Christ’s love to those who are in need.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I would like for the Baptist diaconia to become a place where Christian love will be visibly displayed to the world through its services and people – especially to those who are in need, are vulnerable, elderly, foreigners, etc. I wish to develop my trustworthiness and increase my motivation. I would also like to improve on my communication skills for presenting and public speaking.

What is your leadership role?

Recently, I have been appointed as a leader of a Baptist diaconia – a new church organisation with a vision to show Christian love to those in need. As a first project we plan to build and run a senior house in a village near Slovakia’s capital Bratislava. In my current role, I will be leading a group of volunteers and professionals in fundraising and building the senior house.

Lubica Piliesovska|| needs YRM funding ::

Lubica Piliesovska|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Slovakia

Occupation:
Church Planting

Ministry Focus:
Women in Organisational Leadership

What is your ministry?

I support church planters and serve the youth in our church.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I would like to help our national team to be effective in finding potential church leaders, assessing their potential and making sure that no church planter would be left alone in ministry, and to be an effective tool for raising awareness about the need of church planting, as it is God’s command to do so in order for the lost people to be saved and brought into His Kingdom. I would also like to improve my time management skills.

What is your leadership role?

I currently serve in the National team for the support of church planting of the Baptist Union in Slovakia. In close cooperation with Free Evangelical Brethren Church, the team of assessors (who work under the National team) meets with potential church planters (usually married couples) in order to assess their potential for church planting. I am also a part of the team that serves younger teenagers in our local church.

Mark Abrman|| needs YRM funding ::

Mark Abrman|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Slovakia

Occupation:
Children and/or Youth

Ministry Focus:
Youth Ministry Leaders

What is your ministry?

I am the leader of the youth ministry at our local church, but this ministry extends to youth from other parts of the country through various events and camps. I teach at a youth leaders’ training school where I lead and help youth leaders from all over Slovakia to be more effective in their local ministries. I also act as the pastor at my church when the main pastor is not there.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I am eager to learn. I am young and the sooner I learn the sooner will I be able to implement this knowledge in my ministry. I have a sphere of influence of hundreds of people in Slovakia and other central European countries due to my work with youth. I would also like to improve my ability to manage a longer-term project. I want to gain strategic skills.

What is your leadership role?

My first leadership role was leading small groups at camps; I was just a teenager. I have been counsellor and the leader of counsellors at various camps in Slovakia and the Czech Republic. I later became the director of summer camps at my local church. During college, I was a mentor to other young men, encouraging and challenging them. I have lead small groups as well.

Viktor Repasky|| needs YRM funding ::

Viktor Repasky|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Slovakia

Occupation:
Digital Strategies

Ministry Focus:
Church and Organisation Leaders

What is your ministry?

I lead a Digital Strategies team in Slovakia. I launched this ministry just a few years back. We now have a team of four people.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

In my role, my priority is to lead the DS ministry in general. Our organisation would benefit from a change of culture in our group. Over the years, I’ve been developing in many leadership skills, and I wish to develop more on the relationship side of it. I need to grow in empathy, communication skills, etc.

What is your leadership role?

I am a member of our church plant in Kosice, Slovakia. I am also part of a financial team and I am responsible for Missions in our church. I have worked as a missionary staff for Campus Crusade for Christ (CRU) since 2016. Currently, my role is to lead a ministry section called Digital Strategies in our country. I am also the coordinator for our National Leadership Council for CRU Slovakia.

Miroslav Balala|| needs forum funding ::

Miroslav Balala|| needs forum funding ::

Country:
Slovakia

Occupation:
Christian Ministry—Evangelism

Forum Network:
Bible Teachers and Preachers

Ministry Focus:
Children and/or Youth

Miroslav Balala is a youth pastor and co-leads an outreach program and camps for high school students.

When did you trust Christ?

I made the decision to become a follower of Jesus during the winter of 2010. Up until that time I had thought that my attempts to live a good life according to my moral standards would be enough to ensure me a “place in heaven.” But in September of 2010 I met a group of young Christians in Žilina, the town I was born in. I was shocked by the love I saw in their community. I started spending more time with them and I started to read the Bible with them during youth group meetings. Several people from the youth group spent many hours with me discussing God, kindly responding to my questions, and showing me love I had never felt in any other community. After the gospel soaked into my life, I understood that all my attempts to live a moral life fell short because I was isolated from God. I could only be rescued by trusting Jesus and inviting Him into my life as my Savior and Lord.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

One of the most defining moments of my Christian walk was when a youth pastor in Žilina invited me to be part of a youth group team in 2011. I was also asked to co-lead a small group, in which I helped with Bible teaching, led the discussions, and spent time with high school students. The youth pastor guided me and mentored me from the beginning of my Christian walk. He continued to be my mentor as I grew in Christ. Two other important and challenging moments were when I became a husband and later when I became a leader of a youth group in Levice.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

I expect that I will be able to grow in my ability to teach and preach the Bible to the young people I serve so that I can help them see who God is in a way they will understand. I want to grow in understanding the Bible and to preach it more faithfully and with better clarity. I am currently part of a year-long mentoring program for Bible teachers and preachers as well, so I would like to grow even more in my understanding and communicating the Bible during the Forum.

What is your ministry?

Since 2017, I have been a youth pastor for high school students. Throughout the school year I also co-lead Fusion, an outreach project focused on relationships using music as a tool. I also co-lead KECY camps (a summer music/sports outreach camp for high school students).

What are your past leadership roles?

From 2011-2016, I was a member of a youth group team in Žilina and I led worship for three years. Then, after getting married and moving to Levice in the summer of 2016, I became a youth pastor. I also led worship in Levice for two years.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I believe that the Lord called me to His mission among the young people in Levice. He has given me a passion to learn and understand His Word deeply and to teach young people to understand it, too. I would love to grow in these areas. I believe that in the end the Lord is the one who is glorified and magnified through this.

Adrian Marusak|| needs forum funding ::

Adrian Marusak|| needs forum funding ::

Country:
Slovakia

Occupation:
Christian Ministry—Evangelism

Forum Network:
Evangelism

Ministry Focus:
Children and/or Youth

Adrian Marusak is the leader of KECY English Immersion Camps in Slovakia.

When did you trust Christ?

In 2012 I attended a KECY English Immersion Camp thinking it would be a fun thing to do in the summer. At that camp I heard the Gospel for the first time. I didn’t immediately believe, but it raised a lot of questions for me. One thing I was sure about was that the love the people at the camp showed towards me was really different from what I knew from other Christians I had met. I thought that if there really was some kind of God who loved us, then those people surely knew Him. A few months later, I attended a winter camp that was run by the same group. At that second camp I finally trusted Christ. Later I started to realize more and more how good God is and what it actually means to trust in Him.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

After my decision to follow Jesus, I started to meet together in a small group led by one of the leaders from the church. We studied the Bible more deeply and learned about discipleship. This had a huge impact on my walk with Christ. I would also say that situations that were extremely hard in the moment have been the times that God has used to make me grow the most, whether it was losing a great friend or struggling through seasons of doubt.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

I hope to learn how to be a better leader and also to meet people from other parts of Europe leading similar ministries. I believe that when the leader gets better the whole organization gets better, so I think anything I grow in can have a direct impact on the entire ministry I am part of.

What is your ministry?

I lead KECY English Immersion camps. These are the same camps that led me to the Lord. The camp process starts with one camp week during the summer where our main purpose is to get to know the students more and to share the Gospel with them. Then throughout the summer we are doing “follow ups” with them to immerse them in youth groups and other student activities. During the school year we go deeper with the students through youth groups and small groups.

What are your past leadership roles?

I have been the leader of a worship team responsible for doing worship evenings a few times a year and also playing songs at Sunday services. I also led worship in KECY camps.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I have really seen God change lives through the ministry I am part of, including my own life. That is the reason why I keep being part of this ministry and why I love doing it. However, I am still a young leader, so there are many areas where I have room to grow.

Tomas Henzel|| needs forum funding ::

Tomas Henzel|| needs forum funding ::

Country:
Slovakia

Occupation:
Health/Medicine

Forum Network:
Evangelism

Ministry Focus:
Pastoring and/or Bible Teaching

Tomas Henzel is a medical doctor, pastor, and church planter.

When did you trust Christ?

In 1997 during a church evangelism conference I realized that I am a sinner and needed to personally accept Christ as my Savior, even though I had grown up in a Christian home. At that time, I entrusted my whole life to Jesus Christ as my Savior and Lord.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

Growing up in a Christian home certainly had a role in defining my walk with Christ. Being a part of a student discipleship group formed by my youth minister also had a profound impact on my faith. Another incredibly important defining moment for me was the year I spent as a missionary in Tanzania, from 2003-2004. During this time, I helped in a medical center and led a boy’s group in a church plant.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

The European Leadership Forum has definitely been a great help and encouragement for me. I want to be faithful as a Christian leader. The Forum has shown me how to do this. In Slovakia we very much lack the understanding that as Christians we are responsible for our society and culture. The Forum has given me insights into how to reflect the character of Christ to our culture. The Forum helped me, for example, to organize the first ever Slovakian mission youth conference. The possibilities for the fruitfulness of such things are endless. Without the support, help, and resources from the Forum, I would not have been able to put together something that seemed so vast. I believe, however, that it will change the future of Slovakia.

What is your ministry?

I am a church planter in Bratislava since the summer of 2018 after planting a church in Nitra. I work as a bi-vocational pastor and medical doctor. I lead a national church planting network called PLANt.sk.

What are your past leadership roles?

I was previously a youth leader in my church, responsible for 30 teenagers aged 16-18. In addition to weekly meetings I organized small group Bible studies and summer evangelistic camps and mission activities. I also traveled to other Slovakian churches and spoke to the youth about the role of missions in their lives.

In addition to working with youth, I also use medical school as an opportunity to witness and evangelize. I am currently part of a Christian Medical Group that encourages and supports one another as we are Christians in a secular field.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I’m grateful to all who make it possible for me to come to this encouraging, supportive, mission-focused event. Thank you for giving generously to minister to me in this way. You have given me an example of the certainty that all one has is God’s. May you find satisfaction in God’s house.

Tomas Sklars|| needs forum funding ::

Tomas Sklars|| needs forum funding ::

Country:
Slovakia

Occupation:
Christian Ministry—Christian Organization

Forum Network:
Bible Teachers and Preachers

Ministry Focus:
Children and/or Youth

Tomas Sklars works for INSIDE, a ministry that disciples youth. He is also a small group leader and youth group leader.

When did you trust Christ?

I became a Christian in 2011. It was at my first weekend camp. Previous to this I had attended a confirmation class and taken religion classes at Lutheran middle and high school. However, this was the time when all the knowledge I had accumulated over the years started to make sense. I was touched Revelation 3:15 and I realized it made no sense for me to just believe in the existence of God. I had to make a choice whether I wanted to live for Him. I decided to enter into a relationship with Christ and go all in for the Lord.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

During my first year as a Christian, I grew a lot in my youth group. Leaders invested in me through a small group focuses on apologetics, which helped me to understand why I believed what I did. Slowly, I started to get involved in other things, like a youth group at my school. Later, I was invited to join the leadership team of my own youth group. During those years I led two English camps, studied theology and youth ministry at Zilinska Univerzita, and started to serve in the INSIDE ministry, which I lead today as a full-time youth ministry coordinator for Bratislava region. All these opportunities formed my walk with Christ.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

I love learning new things and throughout my life I have learned how much impact in inspiring conference can have. At the Forum I have had some amazing opportunities to meet a lot of new people, which I believe will open up doors for future cooperation. Being part of a network on church planting, I will hopefully also be able to start conversations in my church about how we might plant more churches in the future. I am also a youth group leader in my local church, which I have led since 2013. Besides this, I lead two small groups and teach religion in local elementary schools.

What is your ministry?

The INSIDE ministry is a regional ministry focused on bringing the gospel message to youth and helping them grow in their faith. We prepare missional activities – weekend camps, summer camp, and one-day activities like sports days. We create a network of volunteers serving in local churches and cooperate with them on a regional level. We also equip volunteers to be able to serve better.

What are your past leadership roles?

I have previously been an English camp leader.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I believe that I am a fast learner and I am not afraid to try new things and new adventures in ministry, which might further increase the impact of this investment. I believe the ministry I am part of has a huge impact on the lives of teenagers and the lives of local churches.

Marek Tomasovic|| needs forum funding ::

Marek Tomasovic|| needs forum funding ::

Country:
Slovakia

Occupation:
Christian Ministry—Pastoring/Church Planting

Forum Network:
Bible Teachers and Preachers

Ministry Focus:
Pastoring and/or Bible Teaching

Marek Tomasovic is an assistant pastor.

When did you trust Christ?

It was at a Christian camp in the summer of 2007. I was praying and, for the first time, I felt like God is really there and listening to me. And I felt His presence right there next to me. That was the beginning of my relationship with Jesus.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

I think that the way that others impacted my faith was through their own relationship with Jesus and me seeing their lives and their living faith. And then of course situations in my life where God was working and teaching me lessons (like when I gave up a job so I could do ministry and God miraculously took care of me financially). Or when I was struggling with a sin that I was not able to defeat but He was still there waiting for me to come and to restore my soul and give me more strength to keep fighting and I finally won the fight (He taught me that He is faithful and He is still there for me despite what I have done). And one of the biggest things I see is that God was taking care of me long before I became a Christian and preparing me to accept Him when the time came.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

The Forum has always been a place for me where I find encouragement, gain new skills, find new resources, and make new friends from the fellow servants in the ministry. It is hard to overstate the impact the Forum has had on my life and my ministry over the last few years. To be able to experience it again, to make new friends, find encouragement, gain new resources, and meet people who are passionate and hopeful about the Gospel in Europe – it’s something I just want to be a part of.

What is your ministry?

My main current ministry focus is towards preaching and leading. Together with my wife and other single man we lead one of three missional communities in our church, which provides more of discipling and counselling opportunities. Since the spring of 2016, I’ve been part of the church staff as an assistant pastor in training. Besides this, I am involved and the wider youth ministry of my denomination where I am one of the main speakers and seminar teachers. A few times I’ve had the privilege to speak at Josiah Venture’s National Youth Conference in Slovakia.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

Being able to have fellowship with Christians from all around Europe is an invaluable aid. Being able to talk with different people and hear their opinions and ideas to my situation (and vice versa) is a rare and great thing.

Ben Uhrin|| needs forum funding ::

Ben Uhrin|| needs forum funding ::

Country:
Slovakia

Occupation:
Christian Ministry—Pastoring/Church Planting

Forum Network:
Organizational Development

Ministry Focus:
Pastoring and/or Bible Teaching

Ben Uhrin is the the President of the Slovak Baptist Union.

When did you trust Christ?

I grew up in a Christian home and I made decision to follow the Lord at the age of 10 at a youth camp. My decision has been challenged many times since, but by the grace of Lord I daily give my life to Him to be used for the sake of His kingdom.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

After my baptism in early youth another important time was when I felt the call to the ministry and I applied to study theology. Those years at seminary were a blessing to me. Two U.S. missionaries I worked with as a student influenced my life by believing and investing in me – their encouragement, time, mentoring, and prayers were of great importance. My wife is another blessing and encouragement for my life and ministry. My trips to the U.S. were a gift from God. I always met the right people to help me to move the next step.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

The Forum has greatly enhanced my understanding of various areas of life and ministry. I was able to buy many books that I use regularly in my ministry, and I can’t imagine how I would work otherwise. I hope to return to the Forum to be challenged, equipped, and encouraged for the future.

What is your ministry?

Since June 2018 I am the full time President of the Slovak Baptist Union. I lead the church planting support team and I created and lead the Slovak national M4 team. I coach one of our church plants, and visit churches and pastors. I develop ministry teams and networks.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

Several years ago I went through a period where I heard about leadership from every side. I was afraid to listen to all of it, thinking that I would not be able to be the one to take up the call of leadership. But I knew deep down that God wanted me to be a leader. Since then I have already gained some knowledge and insights into leadership, but I know I must learn more if I am to fulfill what God has called me to. Attending the Forum has helped me in fulfilling this call because of the people, training and resources that are available for me to use and learn from. Through these things, with hard work and perseverance, I believe I can achieve what I am called to do.

Natalia Luptakova|| needs forum funding ::

Natalia Luptakova|| needs forum funding ::

Country:
Slovakia

Occupation:
Christian Ministry—Christian Organization

Forum Network:
Disciple-Making Leaders

Ministry Focus:
Education and/or Training

Natalia Luptakova is the National Director of the Scripture Union of Slovakia.

When did you trust Christ?

I made my public decision as a child of 11 years of age during an evangelistic meeting in my church. I confessed my sins and accepted Jesus as my personal Savior.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

The most important thing for me is growing together with my husband in faith, through all of life’s ups and down. We had a period of time without children and this time was given to us as a time for serving others through publishing ministry. The way I was connected with the Scripture Union ministry was really special to me and I understand it as God’s calling to me for full time ministry to kids and young people. Going through illness and my husband´s unemployment were moments I felt God´s presence and assurance that He provides, and that He acts in His time and in His way.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

When working with young people, you need to be on the cutting edge. You need to be aware of new trends that will come and to be prepared for them. I believe that the Forum is a place to hear, to be enriched, and to be encouraged for ministry among young people. I want to connect with people who are struggling with the same questions as me and who strive for close relationships with God.

What is your ministry?

The focus of Scripture Union’s ministry is to encourage people to be engaged with the Bible. We are doing this through Toddlers and Mum group, kid’s clubs, training volunteers, camps, and literature. Our main focus now is to encourage parents to read the Bible with their kids. Through publishing a book called “Big Bible Challenge” and having a website for the book, we are providing resources, training, and workshops on how to read the Bible with kids. A very important part of our ministry is regular training for young volunteers from age 15. Each year we have new applicants for training and volunteering in summer activities.

What are your past leadership roles?

I was part of a team in my church working with teenagers. For about 15 years I have developed Toddlers and Mum groups, produced written materials, trained others, and planted new groups in my area. I also led a small team writing curriculum for religious education for a Christian school.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

There is a whole new generation of young people who are asking questions, a lot of them coming from formal Christian families and they are hungry to hear about Truth. And I feel I need help in helping them. There is always space to grow, and sometimes I forget to invest in myself when caring about others and helping them grow. On the other hand, maybe there will be someone who could benefit from my experience.

Ivan Fink|| needs forum funding ::

Ivan Fink|| needs forum funding ::

Country:
Slovakia

Occupation:
Student

Forum Network:
Organizational Development

Ministry Focus:
Education and/or Training

Ivan Fink is a full-time student at Evangelical Theology Faculty and helps to counsel and minister to people fighting substance abuse.

When did you trust Christ?

I made my original decision to follow Christ in December of 1999, in the Teen Challenge rehab center where I was looking for a solution to my drug addiction. When I gave my life to Christ it completely changed my life. God gave me freedom and hope I had never had. He also gave meaning to my life, put faith into my heart, and granted me a new life that I enjoy living even to this day.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

I was in the Teen Challenge program from 1999-2001, where I first started to read the Bible and pray. Every day we had quiet time, worship services, Bible studies, and individual lessons where we learned how to apply biblical truths practically in our lives. This helped me to understand the Bible, Christianity, and to meet God personally. Later, in 2011, I joined Evangelical Theology Faculty in Banska Bystrica, where I am a student today. This school has given me new perspectives on the church, Christianity and Christian ministry.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

The Forum provides everything necessary for my ministry. It helps me to grow and to be more efficient as a leader. It is also a place where I feel at home, among family. It is a place where I can recharge my batteries and find inspiration to grow and be more efficient in my ministry when I come back to my country. Although I study theology, I find the Forum extremely theologically nourishing, and I just feel that I grow as a church leader in general because of it.

What is your ministry?

Because of my background, I often serve people that face addictions and crises in life. I do counseling and pastoral care. Besides that, I am a preacher in the International Baptist Church of Bratislava, and I also help my pastor in Banska Bystrica with Bible studies, preaching, and so on. I am also a co-leader of the men’s group that we have in the church and part of the mission team. I am also a theology student.

What are your past leadership roles?

My past leadership roles have been different, and varied in accordance to the actual needs of the church. I was a mission team leader when we had been doing international missions in Serbia. I was also one of the leaders in our Roma mission trips, where I would be one of the speakers.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

My ministry is a combination of two components: biblical truths and theoretical knowledge on one side, and life experience and understanding on the other. In my ministry I try to combine the two, so that I can understand people through love and acceptance, and then offer Christ and His Word as the ultimate solution. I have found that people accept the solution offered much more easily when I tell them how I have been in a similar situation myself.

Marian Kanuch|| needs forum funding ::

Marian Kanuch|| needs forum funding ::

Country:
Slovakia

Occupation:
Christian Ministry—Pastoring/Church Planting

Forum Network:
Church Revitalization

Ministry Focus:
Pastoring and/or Bible Teaching

Marian Kanuch is a pastor in Zilina, Slovakia, and a PhD student.

When did you trust Christ?

I turned to Christ at a youth conference when I was 16-years-old.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

My pastor encouraged me to study Theology and I then took a summer internship at a Lutheran church in Reading, Pennsylvania, in the U.S. in 2003. I was also affected by reading Rick Warren’s book, “The Purpose Driven Church.”

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

Every leader needs to grow in his ministry, faith, skills, abilities, and relationships. The Forum prepares me to confront contemporary challenges and provides me with accountability. The Forum is a great opportunity for spiritual and personal growth. It is a place to grow spiritually, to connect with other leaders, to gain a deeper understanding of our faith, and to receive encouragement. It is the best tool available to me to improve my leadership skills. It is a great place to network with other believers and to form new relationships with other Christian leaders. Every year I invite other leaders from my church and my area to attend the Forum, so that they can receive excellent training. The Forum also has a great bookstore where I am able to purchase excellent books at a discounted price.

What is your ministry?

I am a Lutheran pastor in Zilina, Slovakia, to a congregation of more than 2,000 people. My responsibilities include preaching, teaching, pastoral care, and more. I am also the vice bishop for our denomination in the East district. I oversee 22 local congregations – almost 30,000 people. In May of 2018 I finished my PhD studies at the Lutheran Seminary Bratislava on the topic of “Planting New Churches as a Challenge for Lutheran Missiology.”

Mark Abrman|| needs forum funding ::

Mark Abrman|| needs forum funding ::

Country:
Slovakia

Occupation:
Christian Ministry—Pastoring/Church Planting

Forum Network:
Youth Ministry

Ministry Focus:
Children and/or Youth

Mark Abrman is the young minister in his local church and teaches at a school for youth leaders.

When did you trust Christ?

I grew up in a Christian family. My dad was, and still is, a missionary and a pastor. My parents taught me about Jesus from as far back as I can remember. When I was six-years-old, I made the decision to accept God’s gift of salvation through Jesus Christ.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

I gave my life to Jesus at the age of six, but I rededicated my life to God at age 13. At that time I started to actually read my Bible and pray. I may this recommitment at a youth camp after I heard a sermon about how God wants to use us and be the Lord of our lives. I knew that God had saved me, but that He really wasn’t my Lord. I realized that if I want to be used by Him, I need to let Him use me and to have control of my life. After I graduated high school I went to the Word of Life Bible Institute in Hungary, planning to get my degree in economics after the two years of study. God changed my heart, though, and during my studies there I felt His calling to full time ministry. Since then I had been commissioned into the ministry, ordained, and have become the youth pastor at the local church where I live. All throughout the years I have had people who have influenced me and helped me to make the right decisions, including my parents, leaders in the church, teachers, and mentors.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

I believe the Forum will help me learn truths about God, His character, and His works. I will be inspired in the mission field. I will learn practical skills, methodology, and tactics. I will gain resources that will be beneficial to me and those I serve. I will meet other people in ministry who will remain friends even after the Forum.

What is your ministry?

I am the leader of the youth ministry at our local church, but this ministry extends to youth from other parts of the country through various events and camps. I teach at a youth leaders’ training school where I lead and help youth leaders from all over Slovakia to be more effective in their local ministries. I also act as the pastor at my church in the main pastor is not there.

What are your past leadership roles?

My first leadership role involved leading small groups at camps when I was a teenager, being a counselor and the leader of the counselors at various camps in Slovakia and Czech Republic. I later became the director of summer camps at our church. Starting in my second year in collage I would lead one or more young men in their walks with Christ as a mentor, encouraging and challenging them. Sometimes I would lead small groups as well.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I am eager to learn. I am young and the sooner I learn the longer will I be able to implement this knowledge in my ministry. I have a sphere of influence with hundreds of people in Slovakia and other central European countries due to my work with youth.

Daniel Harcar|| needs forum funding ::

Daniel Harcar|| needs forum funding ::

Country:
Slovakia

Occupation:
Christian Ministry—Christian Organization

Forum Network:
Bible Teachers and Preachers

Ministry Focus:
Children and/or Youth

Daniel Harcar is a national leader in Slovakia in a youth ministry organization called Josiah Venture.

When did you trust Christ?

I come from a non-Christian family and I became a believer through English camps in Slovakia 10 ago.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

I want to keep learning about how to lead ministry on a national level. There are not many opportunities to do that in Slovakia.

What is your ministry?

I am serving through Josiah Venture in Slovakia. Josiah Venture is an organization that equips young leaders throughout Central and Eastern Europe to fulfill Christ’s commission through the local church. I serve by leading in this ministry at the national level. My role is to lead key leaders from over 10 different churches and train them to lead camps with the goal of sharing Gospel with unbelieving students. Over the years I have discipled multiple leaders who are now serving in their churches and leading youth groups. In the summer of 2017 we held 11 camps and had 360 students attend who heard the Gospel and were invited to become part of the local church in their town. Before these summer camps I prepared multiple training events for key church leaders and for over 100 of their team members.

What are your past leadership roles?

Before I took on my current role I was a staff worker in Josiah Venture.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I come from a non-Christian family and from post-Communist country, where my parents were not able to learn about faith in Christ. My mom became a believer through my ministry and that is an awesome sign that the whole country is changing, not just the younger generation. I am praying to see revival in Slovakia in every generation.

Jan Henzel|| needs forum funding ::

Jan Henzel|| needs forum funding ::

Country:
Slovakia

Occupation:
Education—University

Forum Network:
Theologians

Ministry Focus:
Pastoring and/or Bible Teaching

Jan Henzel is President of his church’s denominational board, the Evangelical Free Church of Slovakia, and a visiting professor at a seminary.

When did you trust Christ?

I accepted Christ in 1969, at the age of 15, during an evangelistic summer camp. My decision was preceded by several months of personal spiritual struggle, during which I was acutely aware of my sinfulness. I knew about Christ’s death for me, but it was only at the camp that I surrendered my life to Him.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

My pastor and predecessor discipled me for several years and helped develop my love for the Bible and sound theological books. In 1972, I applied to study theology, but was not allowed to do so by our Communist state authorities. After that, I was closely watched by the secret police and was unable to receive a promotion at work until the fall of Communism in 1989. In 1992-1993, I was able to complete my first theological degree at London Bible College. In 2001, I completed my PhD in Systematic Theology.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

I have participated in its work for several years because it helps me to keep up to date in recent developments in theology and in the way evangelical theologians may respond to them. The Forum has made it possible for me to make personal contacts with other European theologians. It has helped to widen my horizon within the evangelical movement in Europe, something that I am still working to instill into the thinking and ministry of my denomination, as well as in other churches. Around the world, but in Eastern Europe especially, believers are divided by denomination. It is frustrating as a leader of leaders to know that there are many great Christian men and women in my country with resources and ideas that will spread evangelical thinking, and yet without the Forum I would have never known them. I am now able to unite with other evangelical leaders and spread the Gospel more efficiently and effectively as we work together rather than on our own. I would not be able to say this was happening without the work of the Forum. I want to continue developing all the benefits I mentioned and would like to build and strengthen the connection between great resources provided by the Forum and our needs in Slovakia.

What is your ministry?

As General Secretary of Cirkev Bratska I represent our denomination to other denominations inside and outside of Slovakia and to the state. I also serve on the Theological Committee of the International Federation of Free Evangelical Churches, where I oversee the ordination process of new pastors, organize and teach seminars on expository preaching, and hold an annual conference on Biblical proclamation. I am also a senior lecturer in Christian Ethics and Historical Theology the University of Matej Bel in Banska Bystrica.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I desire to enrich and expand my expositional preaching ministry, not only in my church, but abroad. It is so important for people to focus on what God wants to say to us through His Word rather than focusing on what makes us feel good. I want to be able to serve and teach a wider range of people. By investing in my ministry, you will be able to encourage the integration of Eastern European ministry and theological research into the international Evangelical movement. We as evangelical Christians are called to be agents of hope for Europe.

Jose Calvo|| needs forum funding ::

Jose Calvo|| needs forum funding ::

Country:
Slovakia

Occupation:
Christian Ministry—Pastoring/Church Planting

Forum Network:
Church Life, Leadership, and Planting

Ministry Focus:
Children and/or Youth

When did you trust Christ?

When I was 15-years-old I attended a Christian youth camp and realized how much God loved me in spite of my sin and rebellion. I decided in that moment that I wanted to trust Jesus’ sacrifice and follow His plan for my life. I started to serve in church as an usher and helping with cleaning the church building. Eventually I started to help the pastor with some of his office work and to play in the worship band

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

When I was 18-years-old I moved from Mallorca, Spain to Zilina, Slovakia through a European volunteering program. I helped in the local church and got involved in their youth ministry. After that I started to study theology in Slovakia and, as time went by and my language knowledge got better, I became more and more involved in youth leadership and teaching. Both youth leaders in this local church have been really helpful in my development and have been great mentors in my growing in service, faith, and obedience to God’s calling.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

The Forum is a great source of encouragement; I am able to talk to many leaders, pastors, and missionaries from all around Europe and to share experiences, both good and bad. The talks and workshops were also very good to learn more about our faith in practical ways. Finally, the Forum has helped me develop new relationships and networks with leaders in our country and in nearby nations.

What is your ministry?

At the moment I’m transitioning from being youth pastor to becoming an associate pastor of our church as part of a 2-year training program. At the end of the program I will be an ordained pastor. In this new role as associate pastor, I will still help with youth ministry. I will also coach new leaders and volunteers and teach in the church at Sunday gatherings and in our church’s new Bible school.

What are your past leadership roles?

In 2013 I moved to Slovakia and started to serve in the local youth ministry. In 2015 I did a 1-year internship in the church, working mostly with youth leadership and community groups. In 2016 I became the youth leader of our local youth ministry.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

When I was 18-years-old I moved from Spain to Slovakia answering God’s calling to serve him. After a year of volunteering I felt God call me to stay and continue to be part of this local church, where I continue serve. I started studying theology and preparing for full-time ministry. Last year I finished my Bachelor’s Degree and I continue to pursue my Master’s degree despite the language barrier. I love seeing people come to see Christ as the Lord of all creation and following Him as His disciples. I would love to be more effective in this service.

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