Christian Ministry—Pastoring/Church Planting
Pastoring and/or Bible Teaching
Arben Bushgjokaj is a pastor in Shkoder, Albania.
When did you trust Christ?
I made my decision to trust Christ in 1993. I was in high school and reading religious literature, and I wanted to know more about God. I was very devout in my Roman Catholic religion, but it was not helping me with my sins. I felt empty and hopeless. Then, I was invited by a friend to a special meeting held by Christians for people who wanted to know more about God and study the Bible. That marked the start of my journey to find the truth I so desired. A few months later, I was convicted by the Spirit of God and His Word. I admitted that I was a sinner and surrendered to Jesus Christ as the Savior and Lord of my life.
What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?
My journey in the faith of Christ has been very dynamic—full of defining moments. I encounter challenges and experience the grace of God every day. Some particular moments I would mention are: getting married, being ordained as a pastor, becoming a father (4 times), and many more that have added color and taste to my life. I surrender myself to Christ every day to live for his glory and to see people come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.
Why do you want to attend the Forum?
I benefit from the Forum in two ways. First, the Forum teaches me so much. This is something that should never cease to happen. I learn from the lectures and speeches, from the seminars and other sessions, and from other people’s experiences. Second, I connect with other pastors and leaders. I know that this is a great opportunity to connect with people from other parts of Europe—both to learn from them and to share with them from my experience.
What is your ministry?
My ministry as a church pastor consists mainly of two aspects. First, I teach and preach the Word of God. I have dedicated my life to teaching the church I serve, so that every member is equipped to live a life that is giving God the glory and to do the work for which God has called them. Second, I engage in prayer and pastoral care. I spend a lot of my time praying for and with people, listening to them when they share about their daily and weekly experiences, and trying to guide, encourage, and advise them in the way of the truth. I also dedicate time on a regular basis to developing leaders (or potential leaders) within the church. This is a great blessing, as we have a good number of people who are very committed and humbly serving the Lord in our church.
What are your past leadership roles?
I served as youth leader for about 4 years (1996-2000). I also served as co-leader of the children’s ministry from 1995-1999. I have been a pastor in our church since 2001.
Why should someone invest in your ministry?
First, to help me grow and become a better leader. Second, to help me help other people in my church and develop areas for growth. Third, to help me connect with other leaders from the area. And finally, to help me obtain resources and connections that I would not have otherwise.