Zdenek Blazek|| needs forum funding ::

Zdenek Blazek|| needs forum funding ::

Country:
Czech Republic
Occupation:
Christian Ministry—Christian Organization
Forum Network:
Bible Teachers and Preachers
Ministry Focus:
University Students
Zdenek Blazek is Regional Director for Integrity Life, an organization that ministers to and disciple’s university students in the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
When did you trust Christ?
I accepted Christ in November of 1995.
What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?
At a conference for students, I received full assurance of my salvation in Christ and decided to commit my life entirely to Him—no matter the cost. I began sharing the gospel with my roommates and served in student ministry. This was a difficult time because I lost many friends, as well as my job. Later, my team began organizing lectures and projects for students around the country. I began working with the Integrity Life ministry in 1999 with the ability to teach and serve others through the national and international ministry.
Why do you want to attend the Forum?
The European Leadership Forum gives a wonderful opportunity to gain refreshing ideas, and receive important resources, such as training manuals and books. I have been able to meet people who work in similar ministries. The Forum enables me to meet strong and gifted Christian leaders and plan steps for changing Central Europe for Christ.
What is your ministry?
I am a Regional Director for Integrity Life. Our ministry is focused on university students. Our main goal is sharing the gospel in every university town in Czech Republic and Slovakia (and, we hope, across more of Europe in the future). In the last few years, we have started a new ministry with university alumni. This is a church planting movement with young professionals and their families. Integrity Life’s ministry is very organic and we can see the fruits. We are seeing newly born Christians and making new disciples every year.
What are your past leadership roles?
Before I was involved with Integrity Life I led Bible studies and helped organize lectures for students on apologetic topics.
Why should someone invest in your ministry?
Most university students in the Czech Republic—90% of students—have no background in Christianity. Some are interested in spiritual things. They claim they are atheists, but they are still looking. Only 5%-10% of students say they believe in God, but they have no personal relationship with Him. Only 3%-5% say they know Christians who are trustworthy. 95% do not know any trustworthy Christians. This is my context. Our ministry is growing now. Many students are like me—people who were saved from an atheistic background. After being saved, they serve in churches and work as Christians in businesses. Investing in students here has the potential to change the Czech Republic forever.
Cleres Pacheco|| needs forum funding ::

Cleres Pacheco|| needs forum funding ::

Country:
Ukraine

Occupation:
Christian Ministry – Pastoring/Church Planting

Forum Network:
Bible Teachers and Preachers

Ministry Focus:
Pastoring and/or Bible Teaching

Cleres Pacheco is a pastor, teacher, and missionary.

When did you trust Christ?

I gave my heart to Jesus in 1990. I was living in a city that had many Christians. I kept hearing from them about Jesus and about the salvation one could freely receive through Him. Many of my neighbors were believers and I also worked with many believers. I decided to go to a youth service to see what all of this was about. At the service I was impacted by what the speaker said and by how the people there had let God change their lives. Something happened inside of me and I decided to give my life to Jesus. He was someone I could not resist. After my decision, the youth group took care of me and I started growing in God.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

Four years after I became a Christian, I went to Bible College. My desire was and is to serve with the gifts that God has given to me. This one of the main reasons that we are where we are – To do what God told us to do. Over the years I have met many leaders who have served the Lord with joy for their entire lives. I have met many pastors and teachers who have been a great inspiration for me.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

I have been in the ministry for more than 20 years. Preaching and Bible teaching are my calling. Through the Forum I hope to learn from the experiences of other participants. I hope to learn more about what God is doing across Europe. I hope to find new ways to improve my ministry.

What is your ministry?

I am a preacher, pastor, and Bible teacher. I have a passion for the lost and want to show them the love of God. I pastor those who need Jesus and am mentoring a new generation who will change Europe and the world. I am currently the pastor of a church of about 70 people. I am pastoring them and doing discipleship. I also organize a youth festival every year that reaches about 7,000 young people.

What are your past leadership roles?

I planted a church in Brazil many years ago. I have been teaching the Bible since the beginning of my ministry. I have trained leaders in many countries. I have always been part of the leadership in every church that I have served in.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

Over the years I have served God with passion. I have been in ministry for 16 years in Poland. God has been merciful and is blessing our work. My desire is to always be doing better and to always improve the gifts that God has given to me so that I can be more effective and can reach many more people.

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.

Csilla Panzel|| needs forum funding ::

Csilla Panzel|| needs forum funding ::

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.

Lukas Bayer|| needs forum funding ::

Lukas Bayer|| needs forum funding ::

Country:
Czech Republic

Occupation:
Christian Ministry – Other

Forum Network:
Bible Teachers and Preachers

Ministry Focus:
Children and/or Youth

Lukas Bayer serves as a youth group leader in Czech Republic.

When did you trust Christ?

I did not grow up in a Christian family, but my friend attended a youth group in a nearby church and invited me to attend with him. Through that youth group, I got to know a little bit about Christianity, but I didn’t believe it. One night I started to think about the creation of the world. I concluded it is irrational to think the universe came into existence by chance or that it was created by many gods. The only plausible possibility seemed to be that the world was created by one God and that that God is worthy to be followed. I decided I would pray to the God I learned about in youth group to see if that religion worked. God answered my prayers and freed me from addiction, which confirmed to me that Christianity was the true religion. At that time, I didn’t understand Jesus ́significance. Then I attended an English Camp. During an event called Labyrinth we had to visit a few stations and complete some tasks there. At one station there were Bible verses we had to read and think about. These verses were about Jesus, His sacrifice for our sins, and so on. During that event I felt God ́s presence and understood the significance of Jesus and His sacrifice.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

The thing that changed my Christian life most was studying at the University of Mateja Bela in Banská Bystrica, Slovakia, and being in constant fellowship with other Christians. This helped to shape my theology and my conduct in life. I also had many opportunities to serve in this school; my preaching improved and I developed leadership skills by leading small groups and worship. Two other events changed my life and helped me grow. First, while traveling by train I talked with a friend who asked me if I read my Bible regularly. I answered that I only read it sometimes. We talked about that topic for a little longer and that day I decided to read the Word every day. That brief conversation had lasting results. A second major moment was when I broke up with my girlfriend who I thought I would marry. I felt awful. I had doubts about myself and was confused. However, God used this to show me He has everything firmly in His hands. He knew that this breakup would happen, and it was in His plan from the beginning. I learned He always has everything under control, from the entire universe down to the details of my life. Therefore, I can trust Him in every situation.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

The Forum will help me become a better preacher and ministry leader. More importantly, I think that participating in the Forum will help me in the future as I prepare to become a pastor.

What is your ministry?

I am the pastor of our youth group of 20-30 people, most of whom are university students. At times young professionals visit and we also invite high school students. Most are born-again believers, but at this moment there are three people who are not born again who attend the youth group.

What are your past leadership roles?

I was one of the team members that served in children’s ministry in our church.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I want to continue to serve in my current youth group, but I hope to become the pastor of a church. I have much to learn. Since I study theology, I have a foundation, but I believe I could use more practical training.

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.

Agron Zefi|| needs forum funding ::

Agron Zefi|| needs forum funding ::

Country:
Albania

Occupation:
Christian Ministry—Pastoring/Church Planting

Forum Network:
Bible Teachers and Preachers

Ministry Focus:
Children and/or Youth

Agron Zefi is the leader of the youth ministry in his local church and is a lay preacher.

When did you trust Christ?

I converted to Christianity in 1996 when I was teenager. I was invited to attend a Christian conference and the preacher talked about sin and how awful sin is to God. It was as if the whole message was meant for me because I was such a sinner. Afterwards God showed me from his Word that Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross was the only way to be forgiven and to receive spiritual rebirth. During that same conference I bowed my head and accepted in prayer that I was a sinner and I was worthy of God’s eternal wrath. I accepted that Christ took my place and asked Him to be my Savior. I asked Him to forgive me and to give me a new life as He promised in His word.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

There have been many specific people and many specific moments that have defined my progress as a Christian. These include reading my Bible, long and deep discipleship meetings with my pastor, attending two years of theological school, the preaching in my church, and participating in the youth ministry in my church.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

It is a special blessing to participate in the Forum. I benefit from the preaching and from teaching tools and techniques that I learn there. I hope that through these experiences I will be better equipped for my ministry. By being part of the Forum, I am also renewed spiritually, become more motivated for the work ahead, am inspired by the Word of God, and receive new energy for my ministry journey.

What is your ministry?

I am the leader of the youth ministry in my church. I teach young people the Bible, mentor and disciple them, and encourage them. I am also one of three men who preach the Bible every Sunday in our church.

What are your past leadership roles?

I have led the children’s ministry in my church for five years. This has been a period of transformation.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I am a person who wants to serve and to bless others in the same way that I have been blessed. I am teachable, humble, and faithful to my teachers and to my Lord.

Dorin Dumitrascu|| needs forum funding ::

Dorin Dumitrascu|| needs forum funding ::

Country:
Romania

Occupation:
Bible Teachers and Preachers

Forum Network:
Leaders of Christian Organizations

Ministry Focus:
Students

Dorin Dumitrascu is a full time minister at a church, where he leads worship and youth ministry. He also works with a non-profit organization that works with students.

When did you trust Christ?

I made my original decision to trust and follow Jesus when I was 16-years-old. I was part of a small Bible study group. When we studied the words of 1 John 5:12-13 — “Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life. I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.” — the result was that I knelt in our family living room and I prayed for the first time that Jesus would become my God! Even though I grew up in a Christian family and I knew the Word of God, it was not until that moment that I was born again.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

My family — both my parents and my brothers and sisters — have had a huge influence on my spiritual growth. Being part of a small group in the church also had a great impact on my life. My older brother, Mihai, became my mentor and helped me develop spiritual disciplines like reading the Bible daily and daily prayer. I have served in the church since 1996 as a worship leader and youth minister, where I have faced many circumstances and challenges that have help me grow in my faith.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

I am involved in student ministry. I need to know how to respond properly to the unbelieving students I work with. Attending the European Leadership Forum helps train me to better answer these and other difficult questions that arise from the postmodern world. The Forum challenges me to develop a better understanding of the contemporary methods of reaching unbelievers in relevant ways. It is an excellent resource for my ministry.

What is your ministry?

I am part of the pastoral team in our local church. My roles in the church are coordinating the music team, leading youth leaders, and leading the ProVeritas Association (for pre-evangelism). My main focus is on working among high school and university students. My goal is to reach as many as possible with the Gospel through educational programs.

What are your past leadership roles?

Since 1996, I have led the worship teams in two churches. I also work with youth. Since September of 2010, I have worked full time in our local church, Biserica Crstina Emanuel Galati.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I am determined to participate at the European Leadership Forum in order to be better equipped for the student work in our city. I consider that there are many things to be learned at the Forum, things that will help prepare me to answer postmodern questions that students have about faith in Christ. As Francis Schaeffer wrote in his “Trilogy,” the church has to address a contemporary world rather than addressing a world that no longer exists.

Petry Groza|| needs forum funding ::

Petry Groza|| needs forum funding ::

Country:
Romania

Occupation:
Christian Ministry—Christian Organization

Forum Network:
Bible Teachers and Preachers

Ministry Focus:
Ministry Administration and Service

Petry Grova is the president of a Christian organization called the Regen Foundation.

When did you trust Christ?

In 1996 we had an evangelistic event in our town where a few evangelists from the U.S. came and preached about how people could be saved. That was the moment when I made the decision to follow Christ for the rest of my life. And it has been quite a journey ever since.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

I began my journey by being broken by God. He destroyed my dreams of becoming a rich, successful, famous person. He brought the right people and the right circumstances into my life to challenge me to strive for more. One such moment was when the Lord introduced me to my wife, who is my biggest supporter. Another defining moment was when a professor from a seminary in the U.S. came to Romania and was the main speaker at a pastor’s conference that I organized.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

I anticipate that I will receive spiritual food, will have the opportunity to network with other leaders, and will receive answers to questions I don’t have answers for yet.

What is your ministry?

In the last few years God has directed me towards the role of leading a Christian organization. Together with a group of young believers I formed the Regen Foundation, where I serve as the president. I lead a group of two full time paid staff and around 10 volunteers. Our vision is to see people regenerated in all aspects of life. The vision statement of the Regen Foundation is to see men, women and children regenerated spiritually, economically, and socially, so that they can become change agents in a deprived world. We run homework clubs in 5 locations around our town of Fagaras. Over 200 children and youth come to receive help. We teach them the Bible and also give them academic help. We are also involved in taking them to camps where we share the Gospel. Recently we have been involved in social and medical programs, all with the main purpose of showing God’s love in practical ways and building relationships in a culture that is hostile to evangelicals.

What are your past leadership roles?

I served in my local church for more than five years as a youth leader. I was also the worship leader for more than eight years for the youth group. I continue to lead the church in worship. I am also a choir director. I worked for eight years as a project manager, translator, and evangelist for a ministry called the Romanian Chapel Project, part of the American IMB. I was charged with organizing many short term mission teams. In the last few years God has entrusted me with investing in the lives of many young people. I have been part of a group of people that organized youth conferences called History Makers. Over 150 youth have been part of these conferences.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I know God has given me the potential for leading others to know Christ. My desire is to always strive for more and to be more like Jesus. I need to learn from people who have gone before me. I always want to grow; therefore I need someone to teach me and to support me in my growth.

Tamas Schauermann|| needs forum funding ::

Tamas Schauermann|| needs forum funding ::

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.

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.

Petr Boldis|| needs forum funding ::

Petr Boldis|| needs forum funding ::

Country:
Czech Republic

Occupation:
Christian Ministry—Pastoring/Church Planting

Forum Network:
Bible Teachers and Preachers

Ministry Focus:
Discipleship

Petr Boldis is a deacon and discipleship group leader in his local church.

When did you trust Christ?

I became a Christian in 2000 during after a showing on the Jesus film in Czech Republic. After the movie, I met with some American missionaries who led me to accept Jesus Christ as my savior. They also helped me take the first few steps of following Jesus after I became a Christian.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

Firstly, the testimony and discipleship I was provided by the missionaries who led me to the Lord were invaluable. They helped me take my first baby steps in the Christian faith. Secondly, I have experienced challenging times when God has been my only hope and when he has purified my internal motives. Finally, participating in different ministries in the church has helped me to learn and grow.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

The Forum provides me with encouragement in my ministry. I am able to learn new things and network with other Christians from my country and in my field of ministry. The Forum allows me to experience growth.

What is your ministry?

I am currently a deacon in my local church. I help shepherd and serve those who are in the church community and their families. Approximately 200 people attend our church. Many come from challenging life backgrounds and they are not able to easily cope with typical life situations. Many come from dysfunctional homes or backgrounds. Others have experienced difficult life situations such as long-term illnesses or deaths in their immediate family. One of the challenges I see is how to help people in difficult life circumstances. I also lead discipleship groups for men ages 20-45.

What are your past leadership roles?

I was previously the youth group leader for my church. I was responsible for leading, mentoring, discipling, and teaching the Bible to the young people of my church.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I am constantly growing and helping other spiritual leaders to grow. Our church wants to serve other Christians and make disciples who multiply.

Iosif Mititelu|| needs forum funding ::

Iosif Mititelu|| needs forum funding ::

Country:
Romania

Occupation:
Business

Forum Network:
Bible Teachers and Preachers

Ministry Focus:
Children and/or Youth, Worship

Iosif Mititelu is a youth leader and worship leader.

When did you trust Christ?

I made the decision to follow Jesus in the summer of 2010 while attending a Christian camp. It was there that I understood that it was not enough for me to go to church on Sunday or to have grown up in a Christian family. I needed to have a personal relationship with Jesus and to received God’s free gift of salvation through Christ’s death on the cross. That night, I prayed for God to forgive me of my sins so that I could be a disciple of Jesus and serve Him and my generation with all that I have.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

After graduating high school, I attended a Bible school where I was constantly surrounded by other Christians and was able to study the Bible in depth. I did not have a good financial situation, but God surprised me and helped to pay my bills and provided me with food. I even had enough money to be able to travel to a small church in a village near the city to support my brothers and sisters on Sunday. Through these experiences I learned to be dependent by God. By His grace this was a firm foundation for my life as a Christian.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

I am relatively young. I need to grow as a leader, as a servant, and as a helper. The Forum for me is a gift from God. The Forum has encouraged me to keep going with mentoring and with personal discipleship. Through the Forum I have also made new friends from Albania, Egypt, and Cyprus.

What is your ministry?

I am a worship leader and youth leader. I organize youth meetings and Bible study meetings. I also help to lead a summer outreach camp.

What are your past leadership roles?

My current roles are my first leadership roles.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

Serving God and serving people is the most noble thing. In this culture of consumption, we are investing less and less in things that last. Investing in young leaders is an investment in the kingdom of Heaven.

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.

Diana Vaskeliene|| needs forum funding ::

Diana Vaskeliene|| needs forum funding ::

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.

Vladimir Raichinov|| needs forum funding ::

Vladimir Raichinov|| needs forum funding ::

Country:
Bulgaria

Occupation:
Christian Ministry—Christian Organization

Forum Network:
Bible Teachers and Preachers

Ministry Focus:
Pastoring and/or Bible Teaching

Vladmir Raichinov is the pastor of First Baptist Church in Sofia, Bulgaria, and the vice president of the Bulgarian Evangelical Society.

When did you trust Christ?

The year was 1990. As a high school student I met a group of international missionaries who shared their faith with me. I joined a Bible study group with them, and several months later made my decision to repent and accept Christ as my Savior.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

After my conversion, I learned that the group I was attending had a very unhealthy theology. I made a choice to look for a church. After a half-year study of different denominations and church traditions, I joined First Baptist Church, Sofia. A defining time for me was that immediately someone started mentoring me. As a result, several years later the church invited me to take over its youth ministry. Getting involved with youth work was probably been the major life changing moment in these past 20-plus years since I became Christ’s follower. It has changed me from introvert to a public speaker, from an insecure youth to a devoted husband and man.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

The Forum is an open opportunity for interaction with Christian leaders from all across the continent. I have been blessed on a very practical level in past years. I feel that God is prompting me to continue exploring those opportunities to learn, exchange experiences, and widen our mutual perspective on how He is working on the continent.

What is your ministry?

I serve as pastor at First Baptist Church, Sofia, Bulgaria. I am involved with preaching, worship leading, interpretation, Organisational and logistic responsibilities, and maintenance of the Web and social media platforms of my church, as well as the Bulgarian Baptist Union. Professionally, I am a translator of literature, both Christian and non-Christian. I also serve as an interpreter at conferences, forums and for TV programs. I also am presiding over what we call Bulgarian Evangelical Society, an organization formed by Baptists, Methodists and Congregationalists in Bulgaria. We publish a non-denominational Christian newspaper called “Zornitsa” (“Morning Star”). I am part of the editorial team. I am also the vice president of the Bulgarian Evangelical Society.

What are your past leadership roles?

In my church, at different times, I have been responsible for leading the teenage ministry, worship ministry, youth group, Bible study home groups, and interdenominational activities. On a national level, I have served as youth worker for more than 15 years. Also, for three years between 2002 and 2004, I was Editor in Chief for the national Baptist magazine in Bulgaria, called “Vitania” (“Bethany”).

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

Having served as a youth leader and pastor for a decade and a half, I feel I need to make yet another step in my development as a spiritual worker. I am committed to serve God with my life.

Darius Sirvys|| needs forum funding ::

Darius Sirvys|| needs forum funding ::

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.

Nick Lica|| needs forum funding ::

Nick Lica|| needs forum funding ::

Country:
Czech Republic

Occupation:
Christian Ministry—Pastoring/Church Planting

Forum Network:
Bible Teachers and Preachers

Ministry Focus:
Pastoring and/or Bible Teaching

Nick Lica is the pastor of a Baptist church in Czech Republic.

When did you trust Christ?

I was raised in a Christian family and attended church all of my life growing up. I read the Bible from my first class in school. My mother influenced me spiritually and impacted my life. I developed my relationship with Jesus through my adolescence, and when I was 18 years old I confessed Jesus as my Lord and Savior and was baptized. My only wish in life was to serve God.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

Some of the defining moments in my life include: three years of Bible college in Olomouc, where my faith in God was formed for ministry; 10 years of theological study at TCM Haus Edelweiss Austria; personal Bible study; and relationships with mentors and friends.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

I want to attend the Forum to be encouraged, to develop my skills and experience, to learn practical ways to revitalize churches, and to receive practical tools.

What is your ministry?

I am a pastor of Karlovy Vary Baptist Church. We are a very small church, so I am responsible for many tasks, including preaching, teaching, and pastoral counseling. My passion for ministry is to see the church grow both spiritually and numerically.

What are your past leadership roles?

I was the pastor of a Baptist church in Vikyrovice for 11 years. I have been the pastor of my current church since 2010.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I am a pastor who loves the church. I want to see it grow. I have been involved in full-time ministry since 1999. I hope to lead my church and other churches through the revitalization process.

Edi Markaj|| needs forum funding ::

Edi Markaj|| needs forum funding ::

Country:
Albania

Occupation:
Student

Forum Network:
Bible Teachers and Preachers

Ministry Focus:
Children and/or Youth

Edi Markaj is a youth leader and lay preacher.

When did you trust Christ?

I became a Christian in April of 1999. After I had had a number of discussions with Christian friends about the truth of the Bible, I decided to read it. I read the New Testament several times, and God illuminated my mind and my heart to understand that I am a great sinner and Jesus Christ is a great savior. I realized that salvation is not by deeds but by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. I believed that Jesus is God in the flesh who died on the cross, taking my place and paying the cost of my sin. I asked Him to forgive me and to make me a new creature in Him. He is doing that faithfully.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

When I was only 20-years-old, one year after my conversion, many of the mature believers in my church immigrated, so I was asked to preach in the church meetings. I read the New Testament 12 times in one year, once per month. This helped me to grow in my faith. I am currently in my fourth year of studying theology at the Italian Biblical Evangelical Institute, which has totally transformed totally my approach to the Bible and my approach to ministry as well.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

The Forum has been the most transformational event of my personal Christian life and my ministry approach. This is the main reason I want to return. I have no doubt that the next European Leadership Forum will bring me to yet another level of commitment, knowledge, and ministry experience.

What is your ministry?

My main ministry is leading the youth group of my local church. I am responsible about their biblical formation and discipleship, and I evangelize the youth that attend our meetings but who are not yet born again. I am one of the three members of the church’s leadership group and one of the main preachers in my local church. I volunteer with IFES, working with high school youth, students, and post-graduate students in my town. I am leading the development program of World Vision for the most vulnerable children and youth in my district.

What are your past leadership roles?

I was the manager for the institute for public health in my district for five years. I have led three different World Vision teams in Albania. I am part of the leadership group of my church in Lezha.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

Investment in me would also be a good investment in the future of the Albanian church’s leadership. I am investing in 20 youth in my town, helping them to grow spiritually. My passion and my vision are to serve my church and I am putting all of my efforts into that.

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.

Michal Bares|| needs forum funding ::

Michal Bares|| needs forum funding ::

Country:
Czech Republic

Occupation:
Christian Ministry—Pastoring/Church Planting

Forum Network:
Bible Teachers and Preachers

Ministry Focus:
Church Planting

When did you trust Christ?

I worked for a Christian company in Prague. My boss was a Christian and he told me about Christianity. After listening to him talk, I realized that I wanted to be a Christian as well, but I did not know how to become one. At this time, my wife and I were studying at university and she attended a Christian student ministry meeting. Because of that we were visited by Christians who told us about Jesus and what He had done for us. I began to read the New Testament and attended a Bible study on the Gospel of John. Finally I accepted Jesus into my heart after attending an Integrity Life meeting.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

I began serving in student ministry. I joined a discipleship group and started attending a prayer meeting. I started to teach some Bible studies myself. Then I accepted an offer to be a full time, one year staff member in a university student ministry. A growing desire for church planting led me to Lighthouse Church, which has a focus on planting healthy new churches. I accepted an offer to work in that church, first for half a year, and later for three years, preparing to be a church planter in a new church plant. I have seen the most growth in myself when I have taken responsibility and undergone discipleship.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

I want to participate in the Forum so that I can take a brief step back to plan for ministry and pray, so that I can be inspired and encouraged.

What is your ministry?

I am responsible for events and management in the local church and help with our church planting network. I develop missional communities and make disciples and small groups.

What are your past leadership roles?

I worked in student ministry for one year in Prague. We planned ministry, made disciples who made other disciples, evangelized, shared the Gospel with university students, and hosted English camps and winter camps for new students which were in contact with us. I was involved in preparing student conferences and student weekends.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I want to help make new leaders and encourage those who are leading, but to do that I need training myself.


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