Sarka Konickova|| needs forum funding ::

Sarka Konickova|| needs forum funding ::

Country:
Czech Republic
Occupation:
Christian Ministry—Christian Organization
Forum Network:
Disciple-Making Leaders
Ministry Focus:
Evangelism
Sarka Konickova is responsible for project development of Christianity Explored courses in Czech Republic.
When did you trust Christ?
I grew up in an unbelieving family. My adolescence was a complicated time because my parents got divorced and my mother started suffering from a serious mental disorder. I was glad that I could leave our house to start studying at university and live my own life. In the second year of my Ph.D. studies my mother received the diagnosis that she might die. Around that same time my cousin’s husband got seriously ill as well. Due to all this my father came back to our town into what was a difficult social situation. I thought all of this would be the collapse of our family, and I didn’t feel prepared to stay alone with my cousin and her two small girls. Because I couldn’t do anything I started working too much, and I couldn’t finish all the loads of work that I had promised to do. I got ill, but in the same time, thanks to the recommendation of my best friend, Alzbeta, I started to attend a basic course on Christianity. For the first time I admitted that Jesus could be on my side.
What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?
I began to attend Christian festivals and conferences and I had to confess my sins and forgive my parents for not really caring about me when I was growing up. At one festival, I felt the presence of God. It was an absolutely amazing and life-changing experience. Alzbeta’s family is for me the model of a true believer’s. She and her parents helped me to resolve my family problems and recommended to me the church where I was eventually baptized and became a member. At the beginning of my time in church, I was involved in preparing programs as a member and I became one of the youth group leaders. Moreover, I attended a year-long program for the youth leaders in our church. I truly believe that it was God’s miracle that I could live a normal life, and I am thankful for His leading even when I was not a believer. He healed my soul.
Why do you want to attend the Forum?
At the Forum I feel supported, energized, and refilled by the Holy Spirit. I highly appreciate the biblical teaching here. The quality is at a really high level and I am looking forward to applying it in my life and at my job. I also appreciate all the experienced mentors who answered my questions regarding organizational development and fundraising.
What is your ministry?
I am responsible for project development of Christianity Explored courses in Czech Republic. My main task is to contact pastors and inform them about these courses, which are not well known in Czech Republic, and to provide training for leaders of Christianity Explored groups. I am also responsible for the marketing processes in our organization. I also lead Christianity Explored and Discipleship Explored groups myself.
What are your past leadership roles?
I was involved in the student organization AIESEC, where I was responsible for talent management. As a volunteer I have been to Malaysia, where I was responsible for HIV education at university and secondary schools. I was a volunteer at a Christian festival called United.
Why should someone invest in your ministry?
I feel that my vocation is to work with young people, and I think I could do a lot by trying to change our educational system to provide more high-quality services. I would love to give back all His love, which He had for me, and help to grow a new young generation of believers. The Forum is one of the best events in our region and I always wish to learn from the best.
Sara Stikovic|| needs forum funding ::

Sara Stikovic|| needs forum funding ::

Country:
Slovenia

Occupation:
Christian Ministry – Evangelism

Forum Network:
Disciple-Making Leaders

Ministry Focus:
Evangelism

Sara Stikovic is a youth leader in Slovenia.

When did you trust Christ?

Growing up, I was curious and eager to learn about God but coming from a family of nonbelievers we never talked about the God of the Bible. I believed there was something more but felt lost and wondered if He wanted me. I came to accept the fact that I was just supposed to live my life without God. A couple of years later, a friend I knew started talking about Jesus and I heard and understood that the Lord did want me, and that I needed Him. I started reading the Bible and realized I did not want to walk through life by myself. Later I attended a summer camp run by Christians. One evening, after our camp leaders shared the Gospel with us, my friend just walked up to me and asked, “Are you ready?” and I just nodded. It was that evening when I prayed to the Lord and asked Christ to be the Lord of my life. I was 16 years old and decided to follow Christ at that evangelistic camp organized by Josiah Venture and Ljubljana Evangelical Church.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

One important part of my spiritual development was discussing Bible passages with the friend who helped lead me to the Lord. Also, because my parents and family did not support my decision to follow Jesus there have been many conflicts with them. I was forbidden to attend to church, youth groups, and other Christian events. This made me grow in trusting the Lord, standing firm, and holding onto my beliefs even when mocked or rejected.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

I want to learn new ideas on how to approach ministry and creative ways to minister to people. I especially want to learn how to start a ministry from scratch.

What is your ministry?

I co-lead a youth group called Fusion. This is a relational ministry that uses music as a tool to reach young people. This youth ministry is part of our local church; we reach 20 – 25 junior and high school students, a vast majority of them nonbelievers. On worship nights about 250 Christians from all of the Slovenia Bible studies attend. I also lead Bible studies for high schoolers, college students, and members of our church, and help organize country wide worship nights every three months.

What are your past leadership roles?

I have helped with organizing youth evangelistic camps and Bible studies.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

There are many in my hometown Ljubljana that still do not know the Lord. In fact, although the nation has a rich Christian history, so many people have never even heard the Gospel. I want to be equipped to go and proclaim the good news to those still lost and searching.

Ted Szymczak|| needs YRM funding ::

Ted Szymczak|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
United States

Occupation:
Church Planting

Ministry Focus:
Disciple-Making Leaders

What is your ministry?

My ministry is in equipping young leaders to reach and disciple others.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I would like to grow my skills in vision casting.

What is your leadership role?

I am a Church Planter Equipper with SEND International.

Miles Fagan|| needs YRM funding ::

Miles Fagan|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Australia

Ministry Focus:
Disciple-Making Leaders

What is your ministry?

I am the pastor of a small church of older folk who have been faithful, and who continue to surprise me as they tell me how they are growing in Christ. I preach weekly, along with leading small groups and chairing church business meetings. We have recently held some evangelism outreach activities through conversation and pastoral care. In my Defense Chaplaincy Role I meet with ADF personnel from all walks of life and support them pastorally while talking about the Gospel.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I would like to have a better structure for discipleship and I would like to improve my ability to develop curriculum. I would also like to improve upon my discipleship theology.

What is your leadership role?

I am the minister of Mt. Evelyn Presbyterian Church and Naval Chaplain (Reserve).

Mark Kolo|| needs YRM funding ::

Mark Kolo|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Kenya

Occupation:
Discipleship

Ministry Focus:
Disciple-Making Leaders

What is your ministry?

I lead a movement of disciple-makers among young adults and university students in Kenya. I train and coach teams of disciple-makers to evangelise and disciple others. I also develop materials relevant to the contexts where we work. I equip Christians in the marketplace in Northeastern Kenya with disciple-making skills and tools where the context is 99.9% Muslim. Our goal is to launch a movement of simple, replicable house churches to transform the culture. Finally, I network and partner with churches in urban centers to develop practical discipleship methods as a bridge to mobilising for the great commission. Since I am focused on building a movement of young adults who make and multiply disciple-makers, I anticipate no less than 10,000 people (at the very least) will be impacted by my ministry in the next three years.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I have a small group of 14 young adults that I am actively discipling and mentoring. We meet regularly for both formal as well as informal gatherings. I also have one-on-one access to all of them and we sometimes enjoy unplanned times together in natural settings. Some of them have begun leading others to Jesus and are starting small discipleship groups in their churches, workplaces, or university campuses. I want to see every one of them become spiritually mature, reproducing and influencing many others. Through YRM, I hope to be further shaped as a disciple of Jesus and equipped to better disciple others.

What is your leadership role?

I have previously been a mobilisation officer in a global missionary network, the director of the Missions Supporters League of Nigeria, and the deputy international director of operations for the Mission Supporters League.

Robert Miksa|| needs YRM funding ::

Robert Miksa|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Poland

Occupation:
Pastoring and/or Bible Teaching

Ministry Focus:
Disciple-Making Leaders

What is your ministry?

I was the pastor of a Baptist Church in Poland for 27 years. I was one of three young pastors on a small pastoral team when the church began. I was the senior pastor, involved in several of the church’s ministries. I worked with youth and students, and I did apologetics, preaching, teaching, and some counselling. But just recently, I was sent by my church to plant a new church. I also teach hermeneutics in a Baptist seminary and write articles for Poland’s national Baptist magazine.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I would like to learn what mentoring should look like within the church. I hope to receive training in apologetics and preaching. I also hope to learn how to create a body of leaders within the church. I would like to learn how to identify new leaders and how to help them in their ministry.

What is your leadership role?

I have been a youth leader, choir leader, preacher, and elder in the local church. I have led Bible studies and written articles for Christian magazines on Christian life and apologetics. Currently, I am a senior pastor of a local church.

Emanuel Moisa|| needs YRM funding ::

Emanuel Moisa|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Romania

Occupation:
Pastoring and/or Bible Teaching

Ministry Focus:
Disciple-Making Leaders

What is your ministry?

I am the pastor of two churches, the vice president of education of the Baptist Association in the regional area, national coordinator of the Global Leadership Summit, and a member of the board that leads BIG-IMPACT ministry.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

Many of those who I meet come to know Christ and become involved in ministry. I want to learn to mulitply my own ministry, and I desire to work with others, to encourage their growth in Christ in every aspect of their lives. I also want to share with others what I myself have received.

What is your leadership role?

Currently, I lead a church. I oversee the disciple group leaders and I also work with a group that prepares the sermons we preach and I mentor them in preaching and in serving.

Titus Pastean|| needs YRM funding ::

Titus Pastean|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Romania

Occupation:
Pastoring and/or Bible Teaching

Ministry Focus:
Disciple-Making Leaders

What is your ministry?

I am one of the pastors of a Baptist Church in Timisoara (Vox Domini), a church focused on university ministry. I am also a co-founder and member of an interdenominational Romanian Christian organisation called BIG-Impact, a movement of churches with global impact. I also teach in a non-formal programme called ATS (Advanced Theological Studies), a programme in partnership with Dallas Theological Seminary.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I want to join the YRM discipleship group with a fresh mind and be eager to discover in the process the areas where I need to grow, improve, and / or change. I came to a point when I realised that if I don’t invest in others, then I will stop growing in my faith. I am convinced that it is only through discipleship that others can be transformed in the image of Christ. I would like to deepen and sharpen my understanding and practice of discipleship.

What is your leadership role?

Previously, I was the youth pastor at Maranatha Baptist Church, where I served for 3 years. Subsequently, I became the youth minister at Vox Domini, and currently I am the pastor, a role I have held for more than 10 years.

Dragan Radanovic|| needs YRM funding ::

Dragan Radanovic|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Serbia

Occupation:
Ministry Administration and Service

Ministry Focus:
Disciple-Making Leaders

What is your ministry?

The vision of our church is based on Biblical preaching, team leadership, transparency, and accountability of everyone, especially the leaders, investing in all church members (especially potential leaders), serving the needs of our neighbors as a community church, and contextualising the Gospel without compromising it. We also put a heavy emphasis on Christian counselling and pastoral care, and I work to support and facilitate this vision. As a minister at Grace Church Novi Sad, Serbia, I am also involved in preaching, teaching, counselling and playing guitar in the worship band.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I want to become effective in making people Jesus’ disciples who will then be able to teach others. I also want to get a deeper experience of God and His Word. I want to be able to listen to His Voice and to have a more clear image of the Son. I hope to develop my skills of recruitment, vision casting, curriculum development, and accountability.

What is your leadership role?

I was a student pastor at Novi Sad Theological Seminary for 3 years. I was the assistant pastor at Christ the Saviour Church in Novi Sad, Serbia for four years, and for the past 9 years I have been the pastor at Grace Church Novi Sad.

John Komla Ansah|| needs forum funding ::

John Komla Ansah|| needs forum funding ::

Country:
Ghana

Occupation:
Christian Ministry—Christian Organization

Forum Network:
Disciple-Making Leaders

Ministry Focus:
University Students

John Komla Ansah is the National Director of Navigators Ghana.

When did you trust Christ?

I became a follower of Jesus in 1994. I had just lost my mother who I was very close with. After her death I asked many questions about life after death. I had been attending church all along. But on a particular Wednesday when the Scripture Union group met, I decided enough was enough and surrendered my life to the Lord Jesus Christ and confessed Him as my Lord.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

The defining moment of my Christian life was when I discovered the Navigators ministry after high school in 1996. I was discipled for five years by two different people. The first person was a high school senior who lived in my community and the second was a professor at the University of Cape Coast. Practical rural missions in Ghana also changed my life, as God used that experience to teach me about how many need the Savior.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

I want to be effective and fruitful in my new role as National Director of the Navigators Ghana. I believe the European Leadership Forum will create this learning environment. I am currently the team leader for the Lausanne Ghana Issachar Initiative which was recently launched in Ghana. We envision the Forum example for Ghana and Africa. I know this Forum will help us to learn from our European team leaders.

What is your ministry?

I am currently discipling and mentoring senior high school students, university students, recent university graduates, and national team members in my role as the National Director of the Navigators in Ghana. I mentor, train emerging leaders, cast vision, and engage in team building.

What are your past leadership roles?

I led the community discipleship group of the Navigators, led Scripture Union patrons, and was a student mentorship program leader. I was a National Training Coordinator, the Navigators National Missions Coordinator for the Ashanti region, and was an area ministry director and national leadership team member.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I am actively discipling and mentoring students from Ghana who are on three continents studying for various degrees. My prayer is that they will be established in Christ to share and lead others to faith in Jesus Christ. As I lead the Navigators ministry, I have a need for an environment to learn from other godly leaders around the world. An investment in me will enable this. Finally, I lead the Lausanne Ghana Issachar Initiative Team to ensure godly influence is spread throughout Africa. An investment in me is an investment in the spread of the Gospel in Africa and beyond.

Sigita Linkyte|| needs forum funding ::

Sigita Linkyte|| needs forum funding ::

Country:
Czech Republic

Occupation:
Christian Ministry—Pastoring/Church Planting

Forum Network:
Disciple-Making Leaders

Ministry Focus:
Children and/or Youth

Sigita Linkyte is a youth minister in her local church.

When did you trust Christ?

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

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

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

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

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

What is your ministry?

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

What are your past leadership roles?

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

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

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

Samuel Mitrofan|| needs forum funding ::

Samuel Mitrofan|| needs forum funding ::

Country:
Romania

Occupation:
Christian Ministry—Evangelism

Forum Network:
Disciple-Making Leaders

Ministry Focus:
Evangelism

Samuel Mitrofan is the chairman of the board of EE Romania, an organization that trains churches for evangelism.

When did you trust Christ?

I met Jesus as a young boy. I grew up in a Christian home with two parents who were believers. They took me to church every week. One week I heard the sermon and decided to give my life to Christ.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

I want to encounter new ideas and new strategies for evangelism, mentoring, and training. I want to meet new believers from my context and also those working in similar ministries in other countries. I want to form new partnerships. The Forum is a great opportunity to see a wonderful piece of Heaven. Good fellowship and meaningful relationships are plentiful here. I am so grateful for your help.

What is your ministry?

I am the chairman of the board of EE Romania. Our goal is to train churches and organizations for the work of evangelism, both in theory and in practical ways. We do this by helping churches to discover their evangelists. Then we equip those evangelists with the tools that will allow them to train and equip others. We help to create powerful evangelistic teams that gradually can equip all the believers in those churches. These churches are then ready to share the gospel with their communities and the world. We have worked with hundreds of churches and organizations in Romania and Eastern Europe.

What are your past leadership roles?

I was previously the European Director for Capital Ministries. I was also a consultant for the Romanian Parliament.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

Evangelism is incredibly important, but most Christians don’t really know how to engage nonbelievers with the gospel. We want to train churches to train Christians in how to do evangelism.

Dumitrita Militaru|| forum funded ::

Dumitrita Militaru|| forum funded ::

Country:
Greece

Occupation:
Christian Ministry—Other

Forum Network:
Disciple-Making Leaders

Ministry Focus:
Humanitarian Aid

Dumitrita Militaru works for Hellenic Ministries as part of its Mercy Ministries team.

When did you trust Christ?

When I was a child, my grandmother became a believer and took me to church. As a child I continued to attend church and to believe in what God’s Word teaches. I was baptized when I was 16.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

My first year attending Romanian Bible University when I was 18 was very impactful. During this time, I received God’s calling to serve as a missionary during a missiology class. This was also when I started to learn about God’s redemptive plans for the world and my place in them. In this season I met people who have had a great influence in my life, including pastors, a missionary leader who became my mentor, and some of my best friends who have encouraged me on my journey.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

We have been working on restructuring our entire organization over the last 2-3 years, as it has grown very much; we are redefining our vision and mission. The Forum has encouraged me to keep faithful to the big dreams that God is placing on my heart. I will return home from the Forum enriched and ready to bless our leadership team and, consequently, our entire ministry with what I learn. Our team is setting the foundations for a leadership training program in Greece that targets both Persian-speaking brothers and sisters and foreigners who want to train in order to go and serve in Muslim countries and bring the gospel there.

What is your ministry?

I serve with Hellenic Ministries as part of the Mercy Ministries team. Mercy Ministries is a branch of Hellenic Ministries that is designed to be Christ’s love in action with a specific focus on serving refugees. Displaced and homeless, persecuted and needy, refugees from North Africa all the way to Central Asia (predominantly Persian-speaking ethnic groups from Afghanistan and Iran) have found themselves in Greece. Through Mercy Ministries these Muslim refugees hear the Gospel proclaimed clearly through the preaching of the Word in their native tongue and see it though acts of kindness.

What are your past leadership roles?

I was our church’s young singles home group leader. I was the coordinator for a volunteer program at Touched Romania, an NGO in Bucharest that focuses on working with abandoned children and women at risk. For several years I was part of the core 10-person team that organized youth ministry camps in Romania.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

We are currently experiencing a one of a kind moment in Christian history; millions of Muslim refugees from the most strict and unreached places on the planet are coming to Europe, escaping violent and restrictive contexts. Our ministry believes this is a great opportunity that the church should not miss. The church can use this time to impact these refugees with love, truth, and hope. This is a type of work that might feel momentary because of its intense rhythm and need for immediate response; it’s impact, however, can last. We are working to impact a whole generation of Muslim people from Central Africa with Christ’s truth and love.

Milos Poborsky|| needs forum funding ::

Milos Poborsky|| needs forum funding ::

Country:
Czech Republic

Occupation:
Education—Seminary

Forum Network:
Disciple-Making Leaders

Ministry Focus:
Education and/or Training

Milos Poborsky is the leader of Evangelical Theological Seminary and the board chair of Czech Alpha.

When did you trust Christ?

I became a Christian in the spring of 1992 after reading the Bible on my own for three years. At the time of my decision I was attending a course to learn about the basics of Christianity. During this course, I submitted my life to Jesus Christ. I was then baptized and became a member of a Christian fellowship in Prague.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

My first ministry was as a home group leader. I was deeply influenced by my pastor Mojmir Kallus, who led our church during those days. I can name a lot of other Czech church leaders who contributed into my life. Thanks to his leading, in 1996 I became an elder and, in 1998, the pastor of our church. I left the church in 2017 to become the director of the Evangelical Theological Seminary. From an international perspective, I was influenced by Derek Prince, who I met once personally at a conference in 1994, and also by his books. Later, I was influenced by Alan Vincent, whom I translated at various conferences.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

I hope to be inspired by other leaders. I also hope to meet other Christians who are working in similar ministries across Europe so that we can learn from each other and partner with each other. Theological education in our country suffers. After 1989, there were four similar seminaries established. Today only two of these four exist. I strongly believe in need of local evangelical seminaries. I need inspiration for how I might develop this more fully in Czech Republic.

What is your ministry?

As director, I lead the Evangelical Theological Seminary, which educates in three main areas: theology, pastoral care, and social care. Our seminary currently has about 60 students. As Czech Alpha board chair, I oversee the development of Alpha and related courses in Czech Republic. The Czech Alpha network has around 1,500 lay course leaders and helpers in local courses.

What are your past leadership roles?

I became a church elder in 1996. I was a pastor from 1998-2017. I have been in my current role since 2017.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

Evangelical Theological Seminary prepares leaders for next generation churches. I strongly believe this is something worth investing in. Alpha tries to evangelize our nation, strengthen Czech church, and thus transform our society. As this was a leading motive of my past ministry on both local (as pastor) and national levels, I believe that there might be other people of a similar passion

Yurii Marchuk|| needs forum funding ::

Yurii Marchuk|| needs forum funding ::

Country:
Ukraine

Occupation:
Media/Communication

Forum Network:
Disciple-Making Leaders

Ministry Focus:
Pastoring and/or Bible Teaching

Yurii Marchuk is a graphic designer, lay preacher, and biblical counselor.

When did you trust Christ?

I was born in a Christian family and my parents taught me to love God and His Word. I considered myself a Christian because I read the Bible and went to church. But I started to understand that I was not able to live the life that God wanted from me and for me. When I was 10-years-old, my dad was reading the Bible to our family. He read the first chapter from the Gospel of John. After reading verse 12, my dad asked me if I was part of God’s family. I realized that it didn’t matter what I did or did not do, the only question was whether I believed in Jesus Christ or not. That very day I invited Christ into my heart and life.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

My parents and my grandma had a big influence on my Christian life. When I was teenager, a family friend from Germany visited us. He was an older man, and he studied the Bible a lot. He motivated me to want to study the Bible deeply. Another defining moment of my Christian walk was a mission trip to Russia, because I was able to see their needs. My teachers in seminary also had a good influence on me, not only with their teaching, but also by being good examples of the Christian life, filled with humility and wisdom. Studying Biblical Counseling at Kiev Theology Seminary helped me deeply understand how God through His Word changes our hearts, and how this helps us to grow in our spiritual lives.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

The European Leadership Forum is a good encouragement for my service. At the Forum I learn more about how to serve more effectively. I also meet people who share their experiences of serving, and I hope to make contacts with other believers for future cooperation.

What is your ministry?

In our church I am one of the preachers and I teach a class for new believers. I also mentor many of the new believers because I want to help them grow and become Christian Leaders. I am also the worship leader for our youth and I help with some of the church’s audio, visual, and media needs.

What are your past leadership roles?

There was a period in my life when I was the leader of Campus Crusade for Christ ministry in my town. I was also a small group leader, Sunday school teacher, and taught in several children’s camps.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

If I want to serve people, first of all I must grow spiritual in faith. I must also constantly study how I can better serve people. I can see how God is using me to influence new believers and youth. But my biggest joy is to see how God changes specific people. For now, my desire is to develop biblical counseling in our church. We have many people who need counseling in Ukraine, but not enough biblical counselors. I want to not only grow in this ministry, but be able to encourage another people to go to study and serve as biblical counselors.

Robert Miksa|| needs forum funding ::

Robert Miksa|| needs forum funding ::

Country:
Poland

Occupation:
Christian Ministry—Pastoring/Church Planting

Forum Network:
Disciple-Making Leaders

Ministry Focus:
Pastoring and/or Bible Teaching

Robert Miksa is a pastor in Gdansk, Poland.

When did you trust Christ?

I became a Christian when I was a teenager at a Billy Graham crusade in Poland. I was then baptized in 1979.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

There have been numerous defining moments in my life as a Christian, including: being discipled for three years in a small group organized by the Navigators; taking several courses from Bible Education by Extension, which deepened my faith; being involved in Advanced Training Studies for young pastors organized by the BEE staff, which helped me to understand the nature of ministry; and studying at Christian Theological Academy.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

The Forum helps me to understand the problems I am facing as a minister. It is also very encouraging and refreshing, especially after a whole year of sometimes hard times in ministry. This past year’s seminars with Bobb Biehl were very helpful, very practical, and exactly what I needed in my ministry. The teaching on issues related to homosexuality was also very helpful. The Forum is probably the best conference I have ever attended, both because of its speakers and content, and because of the encouragement I receive from people. The Forum helps me to develop my skills in apologetics as well.

What is your ministry?

I have been the pastor of a Baptist Church in Poland for 27 years. I was one of three young pastors on a small pastoral team when the church began. Right now I am the senior pastor. I am involved in several of the church’s ministries. I work with youth and students, and I do apologetics, preaching, teaching, and some counseling. I also teach hermeneutics in a Baptist seminary and write articles for Poland’s national Baptist magazine. We are also planting new churches in the area.

What are your past leadership roles?

I was a youth leader. I was a choir leader. I have led Bible studies. I have preached. I was an elder. I wrote articles for Christian magazines on the Christian life and apologetics issues. Current I am a senior pastor.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

It seems to me that what is needed in today’s ministry is a more apologetic approach in preaching, teaching, and evangelism. It seems to me that God is using me in these fields, but I see my limits. I need more training in apologetics and preaching.

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.

Wojciech Kowalewski|| needs forum funding ::

Wojciech Kowalewski|| needs forum funding ::

Country:
Poland

Occupation:
Christian Ministry—Christian Organization

Forum Network:
Disciple-Making Leaders

Ministry Focus:
Education and/or Training

Wojciech Kowalewski is a pastor and founder and president of non-profit Christian organization called Golden Apple Institute.

When did you trust Christ?

I became a Christian as a teenager. My brother invited me to a local Baptist Church and they shared the message of the Good News with me. I started reading the New Testament and as a result of that I invited Jesus into my life to become my personal Lord and Savior.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

After I became a Christian I joined a youth group and after two years became one of the leaders. I remember when I was asked to preach my first sermon and it was on the theme of “first love.” As I was about to graduate from my high school I discovered my calling for full-time pastoral ministry and went to a Seminary in Warsaw. There I joined the Baptist Church where I become a youth pastor. Later on, after graduation, I was invited to study theology in Wales, where I got my MTh and PhD in practical theology. It was a big stepping stone in my spiritual life and ministry. After I got back to Poland I became co-pastor at the Second Baptist Church in Wroclaw and a few years later began ministering to other pastors and leaders throughout the nation.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

The Forum is a unique meeting and training place where many great leaders representing various fields share their experience with others. I believe that attending will empower me to be more effective as a leader and also provide a space for networking with like-minded people.

What is your ministry?

Golden Apple Institute is parachurch organization that focuses on leadership development, coaching and transformation for pastors, church, and marketplace leaders. It exists to accelerate the impact of evangelical leaders. We provide individual coaching and mentoring, team coaching and strategic networking, practical training and resources and also theological and biblical courses at local churches. I am also the co-pastor of a church.

What are your past leadership roles?

Youth pastor was my first official appointment when I was a seminary student in Warsaw. When I studied in Wales I also served as assistant pastor of Ararat Baptist Church, Cardiff. When I got back to Poland I became co-pastor of Second Baptist Church in Wroclaw. After a few years I begun ministering to other pastors and formed the Pastors2Pastors coaching ministry, which is now Golden Apple Institute, where I serve as President of this organization.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

My calling is to invest in other leaders. It is my strong belief that that empowering visionary and courageously influential leaders will result in positive changes not only in their lives, but also in the people and organizations they serve. It not just about obtaining more information and knowledge, but creating a space for authentic, caring, and purposeful networking resulting in intentional growth.

Laszlo Beregi|| needs forum funding ::

Laszlo Beregi|| needs forum funding ::

Country:
Hungary

Occupation:
Christian Ministry—Christian Organization

Forum Network:
Disciple-Making Leaders

Ministry Focus:
Pastoring and/or Bible Teaching

When did you trust Christ?

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

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

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

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

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

What is your ministry?

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

What are your past leadership roles?

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

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

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

Ana Calvo|| needs forum funding ::

Ana Calvo|| needs forum funding ::

Country:
Spain

Occupation:
Education—Childhood and Adolescent

Forum Network:
Disciple-Making Leaders

Ministry Focus:
Education and/or Training

When did you trust Christ?

Growing up in a Catholic country in an evangelical home wasn’t easy. My friends from school could not understand when I explained that my father was a “pastor” (they thought he was literally a “shepherd” in the field, which is what the word “pastor” means in Spanish). Very early on in life I had to decide what I thought about my parent’s faith and why we were so different compared to my friends. What was the truth? What about my Catholic friends or my Jehovah’s Witness friends? Who was right? How could a 12-year-old discern the truth? In the midst of my questions, I trusted the God of my parents and who the Bible said He was.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

I think for most of us growth comes when God uses the twisted roads and question marks that often come to our lives. Broken relationships and big changes, like moving to other countries and changing jobs, have helped me to understand how temporary and limited we are as human beings, but also how God has greater ways, purposes and plans than what we might have dreamed of. In my late twenties I attended seminary in the United States and pursued a Master’s degree in Christian Studies. My time at seminary was a wonderful opportunity to deepen in God’s Word and meet extraordinary people who are working all over the world. Life in Europe where Protestantism is not a majority religion is a daily challenge and a hard adventure to be on. My job in FEREDE is a daily challenge, as we work with the four other confessions that have legal cooperation with the Spanish government: Catholics, Muslims and Jews. My hope is that God will make me a person who can dialogue and who can speak about the beauty of the Gospel to a world that is very complex and needy.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

Being aware of the bigger pictures is always a source of encouragement and of wisdom. Networking and biblical training in Europe are necessary given the special hardships and difficulties we face. I am excited to meet other people who may be working in similar capacities, to learn and fellowship with them.

What is your ministry?

My role as the coordinator of Evangelical Religious Education in FEREDE encompasses the following: representing the ERE department before the Spanish Government and Ministry of Education together with the CEO of FEREDE; theological and pedagogical training of future Religious Evangelical teachers; creation of the kindergarten, primary and secondary Evangelical Religious Education curriculum for schools and teachers; providing information and maintaining relationships with parents, churches and pastors who are interested in learning more about Evangelical Religious Education in schools.

What are your past leadership roles?

While living in the United States, I was a university teacher for 3 years and was involved in mission trips with college students. I also served in World Vision for 3 years in Spain, however not in a leadership role.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

The ministry of FEREDE and Evangelical Religious Education is critical in Spain given our country’s long background in Catholicism and difficult journey growing in Religious Freedom. Having religious education in schools helps to normalize religion and religious freedom in Spain. Our country remains hostile towards other religious groups as a result of the lack of tolerance in our history. The ministry of Evangelical Religious Education can be lonely and it is in need of collaboration and help in many areas.


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