Children and/or Youth
Jan Brtnicek is a youth leader in the Czech Republic.
When did you trust Christ?
My parents were struggling with alcohol and my older brother with drugs. My brother accepted Jesus and Jesus cleansed and saved him. Then my brother told me about Jesus. I could see what Jesus did in my brother’s life. It took about two years, but I finally decided to accept Jesus as my Lord and Savior.
What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?
The overall defining moment of my Christian life was at a Slovak Christian festival called CampFest, which is arranged by Youth for Christ Slovakia. I worked as a volunteer there for several years, first starting in sanitary facilities, then in the kitchen. I learned a lot about God the Father, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, and myself during these weeks each year. Modern worship, expanding my personal relationship with Jesus, spending time in prayer, practically working together to prepare the festival, meeting great Christians, all of it was so awesome. God was really showing me His love and mercy and that I was missing a lot when I was not with Him. It was the most important place where my faith grew and where others impacted me.
Why do you want to attend the Forum?
The European Leadership Forum was recommended to me by our deputy bishop of my church. I am a student of theology and I am preparing to be a pastor in our church. Since I am going to be leader, I need to learn to be a good leader. I am leading the youth group in our church and helping to lead the all youth groups in our denomination. I would like to learn to be more responsible and to use better my time. I believe that taking part in the Forum will help me to be a better leader now and in future. I am expecting to receive great inspiration for my ministry.
What is your ministry?
I am studying for my master’s degree in theology and preparing to be a pastor. The main part of my ministry now is in our local church in Bohumín. I have been the youth pastor there for 2 years now. I lead worship once a month. I play organ accompanying the Sunday service twice a month. I also take care of the money in our local church and I am one of the presbyters (elders).
What are your past leadership roles?
One of my past leadership roles was in the Christian festival CampFest mentioned earlier. I was the leader of one team of Czech and Slovak kitchen volunteers. I was also a coordinator of European Volunteering Service in an NGO for nearly three years.
Why should someone invest in your ministry?
I want to serve God the best I can, now as youth leader and as a pastor in the future. I believe that I can learn a great deal from the European Leadership Forum.