Christian Ministry – Pastoring/Church Planting
Andrzej Kempczynski is a church planter in Poland.
When did you trust Christ?
I grew up in a small town where there is no evangelical church. When I was in my last year of secondary school, I had older friends who had moved to Warsaw for university, coming home on the weekends. One Friday, one of my friends visited me and told me that he had become a born-again believer. Another Friday, another friend visited me and told me that he had become a born-again believer. Then another Friday, another friend came and also told me about his conversion. They all, like me, had been Roman Catholic. Two of them were nominal and one was devout, so that made me think about Christianity. Although I was Roman Catholic, I rather thought of myself as an atheist. I had questions, and they provided the answers. Eventually, I wanted to become a born-again believer too. On November 30, 1993, I confessed Jesus as my Lord and Savior.
What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?
I joined my friends’ church once I moved to Warsaw to continue my education. Because there were splits in the church, I decided to change churches. My other friends invited me to a new Baptist church in Warsaw. I decided to stay there, but I did not know anything about Baptists apart from stereotypes. I started looking for information on the internet about Baptists, and I found information about Charles Spurgeon, the most famous Baptist preacher. That was the defining moment of my Christian walk. I started reading his sermons, and after a very poor ‘diet’ at my previous church, it was like a three-course meal. Spurgeon used expressions I did not understand, so I started researching more and reading books about these issues. At the same time I started to be hungry for theology and wanted to grow in understanding, so I went to the Warsaw Baptist Theological Seminary. During seminary, the conviction in my heart grew that I should think about full-time church ministry. Because I did not think I had enough preparation, together with my wife, we decided to leave Poland for the United Kingdom (UK) to study at London Seminary (formerly London Theological Seminary). We spent almost 4 years in the UK, and were subsequently sent to Poland as church planters.
Why do you want to attend the Forum?
It will help me to focus on the subject of my interest. I am thinking about reaching young people, and to that end, I think it would be helpful to focus on apologetics. It is not my strong suit, but if I learn a bit more I could impact the young people in our town.
What is your ministry?
We are involved in church planting. That means I have to do a bit of everything. I am an evangelist, and that includes street evangelism as well as writing tracts. I am also a pastor and prepare sermons.
What are your past leadership roles?
This is my first leadership role.
Why should someone invest in your ministry?
We are the only evangelical church in our town of almost 53,000 people. We are also the only evangelical church in our county of almost 110,000 people. If there is a way we can reach these people with the gospel, we would like to do it. We are a small group, but we would like to see people converted to biblical Christianity. What I would learn at the Forum would also benefit our church, and equip my brothers and sister to talk to their unbelieving friends on a different level.