Veronika Onodi-Szabo|| needs YRM funding ::

Veronika Onodi-Szabo|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Hungary

Occupation:
Christian Ministry

Ministry Focus:
Children and/or Youth

What is your ministry?

I work for an organization called Ifjúságépítők Alapítvány. We are a group of people listening to God’s call in responding to the needs and challenges of youth workers in Hungary. I would like to build a healthy, committed team of fellow-workers and volunteers with a clear vision. I would like to see each member of our team growing in faith and skills and helping us to improve. I believe that as leaders we have a huge opportunity and responsibility toward the ones we lead and that we should be examples in humility and boldness. I believe that our goals (equipping and embracing and empowering youth workers) can and will be best achieved by having strong partnership relationships with other organizations in the field of youth ministry.


What do you hope to gain from participating?

Year-Round Mentoring will help me grow in leadership skills and confidence. I feel the inner motivation and need for mentoring and training to be a better leader for my team and co-leader for my leader. I believe this group is an amazing opportunity to learn together as a community. I believe that with the help of an experienced leader I can discover my weaknesses and strengths and become better in helping others discover theirs, too.


What is your leadership role?

I am currently the HR manager of the team, and I will be co-leader in our organization in two months. I would like to prepare for this role as I have never been at the highest leadership position in an organization before. I will be commissioned and involved in leading gradually, starting with one area first. In another organization (IFES Hungary) I am responsible for five young people who are leaders of youth ministry groups on three different university campuses. I am a mentor helping their growth as mission leaders at their universities.


Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I often find it hard to make decisions and to lead a group towards a decision. I want to learn to let go of my precision and perfectionism. I want to become more courageous in speaking my mind and in communicating goals that are attractive to others. I want to grow in perseverance.


Leah Stanzel|| needs YRM funding ::

Leah Stanzel|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Hungary

Occupation:
Christian Ministry

Ministry Focus:
Discipleship

What is your ministry?

I am a pastor’s wife who serves in various roles both within the church and outside of it. My primary roles are to serve my family and the church body. My husband and I have six children, four biological and two adopted. Outside of the ministry of serving my husband and children, we have an international church where we have Hungarians as well as international students from over 20 nations. We love to make disciples of the nations without even leaving our home country! I am passionate about teaching the fullness of Scripture to the ladies in our church, as well as meeting with them for one-on-one discipleship.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I hope to gain valuable skills in leading women’s Bible studies and women’s ministry. I specifically hope to grow in practical skills, as well as personally in how to better lead in my church. I am beyond excited to learn how to raise up women from the more than 20 nations we minister to, to send them back out into their home countries hungry for the Word of God and hungry to love well and make disciples.

What is your leadership role?

As a pastor’s wife in a church plant, my leadership roles have taken many forms over the years. From leading children’s ministries, women’s ministries, or planning church events and outreaches, I have held various leadership hats over the years. Now that our church has grown, and we have been able to raise up a team of leaders around us, I am able to spend more time pouring into individual leaders as well as other women in the church. I continue to lead the women’s ministry, as well as having a leading role in planning many of the church events.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I would love to learn from others about how they have led women, how they have learned to love well, and how they have bridged cultural and language barriers. As a women’s ministry leader, I want to build a community of women who love well and deeply, who are rooted in Christ, and who grow in the knowledge of the Word. My hope is that they then return to their home countries and replicate that in places in desperate need of Jesus.

Julia Berecz|| needs YRM funding ::

Julia Berecz|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Hungary

Occupation:
Government/Civil Service

Ministry Focus:
Children and/or Youth

What is your ministry?

I work for a charity working in Hungary in youth ministry. Previously, I was involved in student ministry for two and a half years. I was also part of a team responsible for ministry among people above 25. Currently, I am not involved in any other ministry. However, I would like to serve in full-time ministry in one of three areas: in women’s ministry; in creating a platform for Christians in Hungary to discuss questions of our national and global social, political, and professional environment and in the light of the gospel; to create a place for weary Christians and seekers. I am trying to understand which of these directions I should go in and how I might be involved.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I have about one year left in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in my current position. After that my position will probably change. In the meantime, I want to understand what I should do next. I need a mentor to help me in making these decisions and to whom I can stay accountable. I would be grateful to be able to learn from a woman who has experience and who lives in a different context.

What is your leadership role?

I am not in a leadership position within any ministry. At the same time, I work in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary in a middle-level leadership position. I am trying to understand how I can be part of God’s work in the church, but I also want to understand how I can be part of the wider society as a follower of Christ. I am torn about where to go and what to do. I don’t know if I should stay in public administration and look for a meaningful position there, or if I should leave the public sector.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I would like to understand what I should do with the dreams that I believe I have received from God. What are my responsibilities? How should I strive for the realization of my dreams? Or should I accept my limits and simply wait for God to make a way? I would also like to understand how I should continue in my professional life: should I stay in the public sector or leave to the private sector and stay involved in bigger social issues and discussions less directly?

Dalma Adriany|| needs YRM funding ::

Dalma Adriany|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Hungary

Occupation:
Christian Ministry

Ministry Focus:
University Students

What is your ministry?

I work with the campus ministry of Cru in Budapest, Hungary. Our aim is to win students for Christ, help them grow in their faith, and to become disciples who then disciple others. My ministry involves a lot of personal initiation on campuses, organizing outreach events, leading Bible study groups, helping students become leaders, training them to share the gospel with others, and becoming multiplying disciples themselves.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

The Year-Round Mentoring program seems like a great opportunity to learn more about discipleship from women who have walked ahead of me and who have more experience in this field. This is really my passion and I want to use this opportunity to grow. I want to develop a more biblical view of discipleship. I want to learn more about what it means in practice and to be more professional in what I do.

What is your leadership role?

I am not in a leadership position within Cru right now. However, I lead students individually and I lead Bible study groups. Last year I was responsible for organizing our weekly outreach events in Budapest. My responsibility is to help students grow in their faith and help them become leaders who lead other people to Christ. I would like to teach them how to read the Bible, how to initiate spiritual conversations, how to share the gospel, how to lead small groups, and how to pass on their knowledge of God. I also try to help students heal from the emotional wounds of the past.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

This is my third year in campus ministry. It is still not clear to me what my goal should be with my disciples: To help them mature in faith? To help them share the gospel independently? To develop their character? To get to know the Word better? Ideally, it should be all these things. But people’s lives are complicated and there is not a specific set of actions that work for everyone. God is teaching me to let go of control and trust Him, but sometimes I get lost in what I need to do.

Richard De Oliveira|| needs YRM funding ::

Richard De Oliveira|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Hungary

Occupation:
Christian Ministry

Ministry Focus:
Education and/or Training

What is your ministry?

I am missionary with Word of Life Fellowship. I serve in Hungary as director of the Bible Institute, and I am part of the leadership of the general ministry of Word of Life Hungary. I am also involved in teaching and discipleship ministry. We welcome students from various countries in Europe and other continents for a year or two of Bible studies, theology training, and practical ministry activities. We have received an annual average of 60 students in the last few years. The average age is 21 years old. Our goal is to train them biblically and theologically to live an effective life for the Lord in any occupational context.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I look forward to interacting and learning from leaders who are already working in the European context. I want to share difficulties, doubts, and ministry plans. In other words, I am looking for brothers who can share the load with me. Of course, I would also like to help others as the need and opportunity arises. I am looking to learn from other leaders who have been working in Europe for a longer time, therefore, with more experience to share with me.

What is your leadership role?

I serve as director of the Bible Institute. I lead the entire staff involved in the institute’s ministry. Today, we have 16 dedicated people in this ministry. As part of the overall Word of Life Hungary ministry leadership team, I am involved in major ministry decisions, including team care, finances, doctrine, discipline, and planning for the future. I also build relationships with the Word of Life Europe directors. The Word of Life has ministry is in 18 countries in Europe and we work in cooperation with them. The goal is to send students to do internships, to start training programs for young people, and to offer mentoring.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I want to develop the following skills: leading and motivating a multicultural team; planning for the short-and medium-term future in a culture of resistance to change; surviving in the ministry in a cross-cultural context; better understanding the challenges for leadership in the European context, especially in the east.

Aron Ablonczy|| needs YRM funding ::

Aron Ablonczy|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Hungary

Occupation:
Christian Ministry

Ministry Focus:
Education and/or Training

What is your ministry?

I am a leader of a youth organization called Youth Builders. This is a support ministry for youth leaders in Hungary. There are many leaders who serve youth, and there are many organizations that organize programs for teens, but there aren’t many that are behind them as a backstage. We equip leaders, train them, and work with them. We have a conference in cooperation with 11 denominations that has served more than 650 leaders in the last 4 years. I also serve in a church plant in Diósd, where I work as a local pastor.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I hope to learn from the experiences of others and to gain informative knowledge from the trainers. I would like to grow personally with my skills and to read more and gain more knowledge. I would like to find answers to my leadership challenges. I would like to learn more about how to decide between important and urgent to dos, how to lead the team spiritually, and how to evaluate our annual ministry strategy.

What is your leadership role?

I am leading a team of seven people: five are full time and two are part time. I am responsible for strategy, direction, and partner relationships. I plan our projects, lead one on ones, maintain contact with advisers, train and equip the team members, recruit volunteers, and oversee our finances. I write articles about youth ministry. I give lectures about youth ministry at conferences and theological seminars. I lead and mentor other leaders on our team.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I want to learn more about time management, especially making a weekly schedule for the team. I want to learn more about organizational development and developing a structure for equipping team members and for self-education.

Zsuzsanna Nemethy|| needs YRM funding ::

Zsuzsanna Nemethy|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Hungary

Occupation:
Government/Civil Service

Ministry Focus:
Pastoring and/or Bible Teaching

What is your ministry?

I am a small group leader. In my job, I am a former lawyer and now a legal expert.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I have a lot of questions about being a leader and I hope I can discuss those questions with the others. I hope the others will share their experiences and I can learn from them. I would really like to learn from those who have been doing this for a very long time and have a clear vision. I would like to learn from others’ successes and failures. I think this is a good opportunity to figure things out and to not have to figure out on my own things that have already been tried and proven to work.

What is your leadership role?

I am the home group leader of a bunch of young professionals in their 30s. There are only two home groups in our church; the other group focuses on exegesis and a thorough understanding of a passage from the Bible. The home group that I lead is more of systematic theology. When I started leading the home group, we spent six months reading Wayne Grudem’s “Systematic Theology” book. We then spent six months learning about the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Currently we are using a book by Szabados’s book, who is a European Leadership Forum speaker.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I think I have challenges in all areas of teaching the Bible. I have a lot to learn. Because we are usually talking about a topic and a systematic theology rather than specific Bible passages, I need help in doing exegesis and in talking about Bible passages. I also need help in understanding what my role is and what the Holy Spirit’s role is. I always prepare for leading the small group, but how can I be spontaneous and sensitive to the guiding of the Holy Spirit?

Laszlo Benke|| needs YRM funding ::

Laszlo Benke|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Hungary

Occupation:
Pastoring/Church Planting

Ministry Focus:
Pastoring and/or Bible Teaching

What is your ministry?

My Bible teaching activity is related to my position as a lecturer in Hebrew Studies. Specifically, there are between 90 and 120 freshmen every year at my Academy (structured as a British open university). I teach the students Biblical Hebrew from second to third form. By the time they reach fourth form, where I hold reading courses, the year has thinned to about 70 students. In the fifth form, they can choose specializations; at that point they can enroll in my class on textual history and canon, as well as my class on the theoretical problems and history of Bible translation. Each of these is attended by 10-15 students each year.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

Last year I attended a Langham workshop and was surprised at the variety of tools Tyndale House and other organizations have produced, as well as my utter need to be more methodical at approaching a text.

What is your leadership role?

My leadership roles are related to my teaching position (limited to the classroom). I am a philologist, a translator, and a lecturer, but not a leader per se. So “leadership” might not be the best word for my classroom activity, yet when we read and engage in interpreting, for instance, the binding of Isaac or the Peniel story, I feel I am in a ministerial “position,” especially as some of my students seem genuinely surprised that they can come up with their own insights. Maybe my lecturing is leadership inasmuch as I lead them to the discovery of being entitled to interpret the Bible on their own and providing them some basic tools to do so.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I am good at studying the Bible by myself and interpreting it for myself, but when I want to share in a smaller group I get confused at the delivery. I want to say too many things at the same time. I think I need help in my delivery and at distilling the essence of what I learn from my studies. Moreover, I am looking forward to learning tools of exegesis and learning more about inductive methods since I want to see more structure, systematism, and awareness in my exegesis.

Kata Balog|| forum funded ::

Kata Balog|| forum funded ::

Country:
Hungary

Occupation:
Christian Ministry—Other

Forum Network:
Church Life, Leadership, and Planting

Ministry Focus:
Worship

Kata Balog is a worship leader and works in children’s ministry.

When did you trust Christ?

I first heard the Gospel when I was 5 years old. I attended a church service with my mom, where I was taught about Jesus and what He has done for me. I felt a calling in my soul and I gave my life to Jesus at that time.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

I had a good group of Bible teachers in my church and I learned a lot from them. As I was growing up I helped in children’s camps, at youth conferences, in small groups, and in my church’s youth ministry. When I was a university student I participated in an IFES group with two other students; I learned so much from the coordinators and the workers of IFES in Hungary. I visited churches depending on which city I lived in and I finally began to serve at Agora Church in Budapest. I could see the people there growing in Christ. Currently I am serving on the worship team and in the children’s ministry in the church.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

I have learned so much more about God and about how to live as a member of the body of Christ because of the Forum. I have grown as a Christian. I have learned more about God and His work and His plan for my life and my church. I have built networks and relationships with others from other countries and have been able to share the outcomes with my church and with others from my country. The Forum is such a blessed week, where I meet new people who I can learn from and share with.

What is your ministry?

I was formerly in Wales and have returned to Hungary. Currently I am serving on the worship team in my church. I am also working with the children in the children’s ministry. In the last year I was also part of the leadership of our church while our pastor was on his sabbatical. I am making in steps in how to do church revitalization in my church and I am trying to find other dominations in my country who are open to start church revitalization ministry. I am planning to start a PhD program on this topic. Finally, I serve as a volunteer for the Hungarian National Forum.

What are your past leadership roles?

I was a leader in my old church in the youth ministry, but I moved to a new city. I was a leader in our IFES group at the university for almost two years, where I helped with the weekly meetings. I was also a worship leader before moving to Wales to help plant a church with a couple of pastors from England.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I can see some of the problems in churches in Hungary that make the people frustrated. Many people are “religious,” but they are not really believers. I would like to help them find a way to change their thinking about Christianity, ministry, and theology. I would like to help people find Jesus so that their scars can be healed and they can become new.

Erno Nagy|| forum funded ::

Erno Nagy|| forum funded ::

Country:
Hungary

Occupation:
Social Services

Forum Network:
Pastoral Counselors

Ministry Focus:
Counseling

Erno Nagy is the director of a Christian charity in Hungary.

When did you trust Christ?

I grew up in a Christian family and attended a Baptist church. I heard the Gospel many times. Unfortunately, I feared death and my main goal was to avoid hell. I had no idea how to become a Christian until one day I heard a friend explaining the Gospel to a common friend, and it hit me. At that time, I put my faith on a healthy foundation and not on the fear of hell.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

The church leader of the Brethren Church in my home city had a big impact on my life, as did the youth group in that church. Later I experienced an influencing and defining time at the Bible School in Wiedenest, and after that at the Akademie für Weltmission in Korntal. These schools were important not only for theological formation, but also in my personal faith. Eight or nine years ago I had a deep personal life crisis – it wasn’t an easy time, but it had a huge impact on my life. The counseling process was very helpful, and I decided to study counseling at the University in Budapest (which also had an intense impact in my life).

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

It is always a benefit to “stretch the mind” and discover new resources – not only for ongoing ministry but for my own spiritual health, too. Additionally, meeting people from different ministries is inspiring.

What is your ministry?

I have been leading the organization Biblia Centrum, a Christian charity, for almost 20 years. I also participate in church ministries: preaching, organizing conferences, youth ministry, marriage ministry, and counseling (equipping, small groups, marriage, singles).

What are your past leadership roles?

I have been the director of a Christian charity, Biblia Centrum, for 20 years.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I believe it is important to continue growing in my spiritual life. It is my conviction that the effectiveness of my ministry will never be larger than my spiritual development. I desire to become better in the areas I currently serve in and to find effective help in areas where I am not as strong (i.e., organizing).

Csilla Panzel|| forum funded ::

Csilla Panzel|| forum funded ::

Country:
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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.

Zsolt Biro|| forum funded ::

Zsolt Biro|| forum funded ::

Country:
Hungary

Occupation:
Christian Ministry—Christian Organization

Forum Network:
Pastoral Counselors

Ministry Focus:
Pastoring and/or Bible Teaching

Zsolt Biro is a Bible teacher for Grace Ministries Hungary.

When did you trust Christ?

I became a Christian more than 20 years ago. I started to attend a Reformed church and began having conversations with the pastor. He gave me a book called “Why I Am a Christian,” written by Ole Kristian Hallesby. I read this book in parallel with the Bible itself. I wanted to know God and I wanted to have the same experiences that Ole Kristian Hallesby described in his book. One morning while I read from the Gospels, it was like my eyes were opened. I understood everything: why Jesus came, what the cross means, and that I needed to make a decision. I prayed and gave my whole life to my Creator that day.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

As I began to grow as a Christian, I became a leader, too. First, I taught I Sunday school. Then I taught in the church youth group. Later, I became one of the elders of my church. These were big steps in my faith and Christian walk. Now I am a teacher with Grace Ministries Hungary, where I try to serve my Lord in the nation of Hungary.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

Christian ministries are not really supported by churches in my country. It is very difficult to get relevant information about leadership, financial stewardship, and so forth. It would be a great step for my ministry to receive this kind of teaching and training through the European Leadership Forum. I think the biggest current need that I have in my organization is for me to develop personal leadership skills.

What is your ministry?

I work in several different ministries. The first is Grace Ministries Hungary, where I am a Bible teacher and disciple men in the Christian faith. I also organize an international evangelism conference called Balatonnet that serves around 1,200 people. I also run a Christian media ministry called Gospel Café where we try to reach as many people as we can through the media, including social media platforms, television, and book publishing.

What are your past leadership roles?

First, I taught Sunday school. Then I taught in a youth group. Next, I became an elder in my local church.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

Eastern Europe is in a very bad situation and my country is worse than average. Most people have not encountered the real Christian faith. We have to destroy those walls and show people the real Christian faith. Our mission is to show people the real Christian faith, heal them, and build them up as disciples of Christ.

Dora Szabados|| forum funded ::

Dora Szabados|| forum funded ::

Country:
Hungary

Occupation:
Health/Medicine

Forum Network:
Evangelism

Ministry Focus:
Counseling

Dora Szabados is the director of women’s ministry for Evangelical Christian Church Veszprem and a pastoral counselor.

When did you trust Christ?

In 1988 when I was almost 16, I went to a Christian camp where only girls were together and an old lady taught the Bible to us. One night she taught about the prodigal son and God put His hand on my sins and showed me how wretched I was. I asked for a personal conversation with this old woman and just cried and cried for an hour over my sins. Then we prayed together. I told Jesus everything I had said to the old woman. Since then the Lord has been taking care of me and changing my heart. I am very thankful to Him!

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

The old woman who prayed with me to accept Christ was a big influence on me. A woman from our church whose life was very difficult also influenced me because the way she loved the Lord was so intimate. Other defining moments were when I got married, when I had my children, and when my husband became a pastor.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

I want to become more competent in discipling younger Christians in the church. I also want to support my husband’s apologetic ministry and to be encouraged by other evangelical leaders.

What is your ministry?

I am the leader of the women’s ministry in our church. I hold a meeting for all the women in our church every month. Right now we are also studying a book together, which is developing relationships between the women. I regularly meet with women in the church who are in need of pastoral counseling. I also lead the worship on piano in the church.

What are your past leadership roles?

I have previously been involved in teaching pre-adolescent children at our church and organizing the entire ministry for them.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

First, I am involved in the counseling ministry of my church— both as a pastor’s wife and as someone who is interested (and hopefully gifted) in counseling. I would like to learn more about the biblical foundations of counseling. Secondly, I would like to support my husband as the Forum National Leader for Hungary, and therefore have a more personal experience of the Forum myself.

Attila Nagy|| forum funded ::

Attila Nagy|| forum funded ::

Country:
Hungary

Occupation:
Science and Technology

Forum Network:
Artists

Ministry Focus:
Apologetics

Atilla Nagy co-leads the marriage ministry in his church alongside his wife, has a career in telecommunications, and is also a playwright who hopes to communicate Christian truths through his plays.

When did you trust Christ?

I was 24, just married, when my wife persuaded me to attend the preparatory course for confirmation at her church. My life was gradually changed during that year and finally, at the confirmation ceremony, I could confirm my faith in Jesus Christ with my heart, my soul, and my mind.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

The defining moments have included my confirmation, during which my older son was baptized. I have learned about God’s promises with respect to our children (Psalm 127:3; Judges 13:7-8; James 1:17). I felt an immense growth during the months when I worked on a drama for which the main characters were two martyrs of the faith: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Zsigmond Varga. It has been a blessed journey for me.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

My heart is filled with joy that I can attend the European Leadership Forum. My first Forum was one of the most influential weeks of my life. The event gives me tremendous help in my ministry. I have received a lot of ideas and resources for my ministry. I met people who are dealing with similar issues as us; we are able to encourage and support one another. I am a playwright. My dream is to write a play which I can stage as an apologetic situation or a debate about our struggle in the human condition. During the Forum, I can learn a lot about apologetics and can meet people who might want to help me get the play written and published and staged.

What is your ministry?

In our congregation, my wife and I are co-organizers of the marriage ministry. This includes presentations and discussions about biblical marriage. We are beginning preparation of a new series based on FamilyLife’s Art of Marriage material. In addition to my professional career in telecommunications, I am also a playwright. I see a great amount of dramatic potential in apologetics.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I can see two reasons why individuals may want to invest in my ministry. First, marriage is under pressure and I would like to be better equipped for persuasively sharing the biblical view of marriage with the couples who attend our church events. Secondly, as a playwright, I have a calling to share the gospel. This is important because European culture has become totally post-Christian.

Tamas Schauermann|| forum funded ::

Tamas Schauermann|| forum funded ::

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.

Peter Gyori|| forum funded ::

Peter Gyori|| forum funded ::

Country:
Hungary

Occupation:
Christian Ministry—Pastoring/Church Planting

Forum Network:
Evangelism

Ministry Focus:
Pastoring and/or Bible Teaching

Peter Gyori is a pastor and trains other pastors in his region.

When did you trust Christ?

I grew up in a Christian family. I am in the 10th generation of a line of pastors. Probably the most influential factor for me becoming a Christian was the way my family, my parents and grandparents lived their life. Their Christianity was genuine, natural, joyful, committed, sacrificial, and faithful. It was great to grow up in a family like that despite the fact that it was in the hostile, Communist era. Of course, I had to find Jesus for myself. In my early teens I was confronted with a troubling question: it is OK to know a lot about the Bible and Jesus, but what does He mean to me personally? That question stuck deep in my heart. Later someone challenged my faith and advised me to thoroughly investigate all the elements of my faith and Christian practice. I honestly did that. Finally I ended up saying: I don’t want to live a Christian life simply because I was taught so, but because I want Jesus as my God and Savior.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

My grandfather and his father-in-law were important figures in the revivals in Hungary in the 1920s, the 1940s and 1950s. My parents served Jesus in many different ways under the Communist regime. For example, they distributed smuggled Christian literature and contemporary Christian music. At that time it was fun and adventure. Later I understood what it really meant. Growing up in such a home had a great influence on me. It was an important turning point when I got received the call to be a pastor. Later I struggled with and survived cancer. Of course my pastoral ministry, post-graduate theological studies, and marriage have also a great importance in my Christian growth.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

The European Leadership Forum is a great learning and fellowship experience. Through the Forum I have been able to engage in new connections. The book store is also very helpful. I was able to pray with other leaders for the evangelization of Europe. It is funny to say, but I was also able to get to know other believers from my own country! I hope to be able to return and do all of that again.

What is your ministry?

I am the pastor of a church congregation with different kinds of ministry areas. I train other pastors in my region and so I am a pastor of pastors.

What are your past leadership roles?

I have been entrusted with leadership roles in many different situations ever since my youth: leading in camps, leading youth, and so on. When I became a pastor I was basically “re-planted” in a fairly large town, in an urban setting.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

In my country – as probably in most of the Western countries – we experience that the “traditional churches” have either lost their faithfulness to the word of God or their ability to impact the larger culture. We face a flood of secularism in a spiritually weakened country. Regaining our land for Christ is important. We need to train the next generation of leaders and plant new churches.

Adam Szabados|| forum funded ::

Adam Szabados|| forum funded ::

Country:
Hungary

Occupation:
Christian Ministry—Pastoring/Church Planting

Forum Network:
Theologians

Ministry Focus:
Evangelism

Adam Szabados has been the pastor of a church in Veszprém since 1999. He also has a popular blog on Christianity which has a million views every year.

When did you trust Christ?

I was brought up in the church, so I heard the Gospel from my early childhood. But it was in a Hungarian Fellowship of Evangelical Students camp that the grace of God conquered my resistance. I was 16 years old and I felt very guilty for my lifestyle. The Holy Spirit enabled me to give my entire life, will, mind, and heart to Almighty God. After that I knew from experience that Jesus is alive.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

I married my wife, Dóra, in 1996 and we decided to live in Veszprém and began to attend a church plant in the town. In 1999 I became the pastor of that church. A year later the church became an independent evangelical church. My years as a pastor of the church have been testing times for me, but also very rewarding. Times of loneliness and the burden of responsibility taught me to depend on God and about the incomprehensible covenantal love of Christ.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

When I came to the Forum the first time in 2004, I was a pastor who was isolated in the ministry and I was surrounded by many people who were drifting away from the faith. It was a very discouraging situation. And I had no idea there were so many other Christian leaders like me who either were struggling like me or had already found a larger fellowship or a pool of resources that they could rebuild their convictions. When I came to the Forum, I was just shocked by what I experienced.

The Lord has used the Forum in my life in unexpected ways. The Forum is helpful to me in so many ways. It is a blessing to meet other Christian leaders and to just encourage one another. We have lovely fellowship at our dinner tables, where we receive mutual encouragement from one another. It has been a great blessing to be able to meet speakers and participants who have such wonderful hearts.

What is your ministry?

I pastor an evangelical church. I have been a pastor for more than 20 years. I lead the work of the Hungarian Evangelical Forum, which is a direct fruit of the European Leadership Forum. I also write for a website which communicates the truthfulness of the Gospel to Hungarians, which has turned out to be an unexpected success. I am working on a PhD now in New Testament, which involves also teaching Greek and some other subjects at a university in Budapest. I also sometimes speak at conferences and other events.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I would like to thank you for your generosity and the support that I received from you so that I could participate in the Forum. Thank you for your financial support. May God bless you and give you a hundredfold return in spiritual riches! The Forum is a wonderful opportunity to be in the mainstream of European evangelical thinking and networking.

“I don’t see anything in Europe that would have a more powerful effect on the continent as far as the Gospel is concerned than the European Leadership Forum.”


Robert Lemperger|| forum funded ::

Robert Lemperger|| forum funded ::

Country:
Hungary

Occupation:
Christian Ministry—Christian Organization

Forum Network:
Leaders of Christian Organizations

Ministry Focus:
Evangelism

Robert Lemperger is the director of Evangelical Publisher and Literature Mission, a publishing company in Hungary.

When did you trust Christ?

I grew up in a Christian family. I made my decision to follow Jesus when I was 17-years-old after realizing that I was lost and that I owe my life to my Redeemer. While I was attending secondary school I read the Bible, but my heart was half in the world. However, after watching the lives of some servants of the Lord, I realized that Christianity is not only about knowledge, but also about a real connection to the Lord, and that to establish and uphold the relationship I needed to accept the grace of God because I was lost.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

When I was 17, I came into contact with a missionary organization. By watching the lives of missionaries, I realized that what I needed was to give my life to my Savior wholly.

There are two writers who have also had great impact on my faith. The books of Lawrence Crab have showed me the significance of relationships, especially my relationship with God, as well as how sinful human nature truly is. Through the books of C. S. Lewis, I have gained a deeper insight of the human soul and the work of God. Other very important moments of my Christian life have been when God taught me to rely solely on Him, for example when my wife and I both lost our jobs at the same time.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

I benefited so much from the last Forum that I think it will improve my work for God if I attend again. The Forum is an excellent opportunity to develop relationship between evangelical leaders. It concentrates spirit, knowledge, enthusiasm, experience, and ideas. I can use many things I have learned at the Forum in preaching and teaching.

What is your ministry?

I am the director of the Hungarian Evangelical Publisher and Literature Mission. It is a nonprofit organization for publishing. We publish 20-25 books per year. I am also the editor of our evangelical magazine and I write articles. I am an elder of the local Brethren church in Eger. It is a small church. I do preaching and teaching. We put a lot of effort into reaching lost people in our city. Evangelical believers are less than 1% in Hungary.

What are your past leadership roles?

I was a leader of a Hungarian youth mission. It is a mission organizing youth camps mainly for teenagers from both Christian and non-Christian backgrounds. I was a member of the leadership team, but because of a lack of time I now participate on a smaller scale. I was a member of the leadership team of the Hungarian Fellowship of Evangelical Students.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I could widely utilize the training and networking possibilities that the Forum provides in my service, especially in evangelical book and magazine publishing. The publisher and mission I work for needs external support and sponsorship to uphold the operation. It is not capable of subsidizing my participation in the Forum. I work in several aspects of Christian service, but my financial position is far too small to invest in such a profitable opportunity as the Forum.

Sandor Molnar|| forum funded ::

Sandor Molnar|| forum funded ::

Country:
Hungary

Occupation:
Christian Ministry—Pastoring/Church Planting

Forum Network:
Theologians

Ministry Focus:
Pastoring and/or Bible Teaching

Sandor Molnar is a church elder and Bible teacher.

When did you trust Christ?

I was an atheist. During my university years, one of my friends talked to me about Jesus. I was interested in Jesus and read the Bible, but I considered it foolishness. However, I was open to finding the truth and I so one day I said, “God if you exist I want to know you.” In those days my grandmother became ill and the doctors said she would most probably die after the operation. I was so depressed. My friend told me that I could ask God to heal my grandmother. I prayed to the God I did not believe in at that time. My grandmother fully recovered and the doctors did not understand. From that time on I started to read my Bible and very soon I recognized that the Bible was talking about me. I realized my sins. One day the whole picture became clear to me; it was like putting together a puzzle. I prayed and received Christ into my life.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

The most defining moment for me was at the very start of my Christian walk: when I realized that God existed and that He had revealed himself in the Bible. He has been my Pastor ever since, leading me, using different people like my pastors, my Christian friends, my wife, different life situations like longing for my spouse, building our home, or going through a disc hernia, etc. I cannot choose any particular moment because every day when I spend time with God and whenever I understand anything from Him, that is a defining moment for me.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

I believe that if I can grow in the skills of expository preaching God may use me to spread the Gospel and also help other Christians to grow more effectively. I also think I would benefit from meeting other fellow ministers who labor in the same kind of ministry.

What is your ministry?

I am currently an elder and Bible teacher at Calvary Chapel Budapest. Among my leadership duties my main ministry is a teaching ministry: I teach the Monday night in-depth Bible study at our church on a weekly basis. I have been teaching the Bible verse by verse, book by book, for the past eight years. I am also a theology student at Covenant Theological Seminary.

What are your past leadership roles?

I was a youth leader in a reformed church for five years. I was a home fellowship leader in Calvary Chapel for seven years. I have been an elder in Calvary Chapel Budapest for 15 years. I have been a regular weekly Bible teacher in Calvary Chapel Budapest for eight years.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

The main focus of my ministry here in Eastern Europe is twofold: preaching the Gospel so that God’s kingdom might grow and feeding God’s people with the Word of God so that they might grow up to maturity. Thank you to anyone who wants to invest in this ministry financially.

Istan Horvath|| forum funded ::

Istan Horvath|| forum funded ::

Country:
Hungary

Occupation:
Christian Ministry—Christian Organization

Forum Network:
Bible Teachers and Preachers

Ministry Focus:
Ministry Administration and Service

Istvan Horvath is the General Secretary of the Hungarian Evangelical Alliance.

When did you trust Christ?

I was 19 when I met Jesus Christ. Until that time I believed that God is existed, but I thought He was very distant from me and that I couldn’t know Him personally. But then I had an experience where I felt His presence and love. I prayed to God and received His forgiveness and His peace.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

I have had many joyful experiences in my life. I have also had a lot of trouble in my Christian life. But through every experience I have received the peace of God. After I became a Christian I stepped out of the Catholic Church and founded a little independent church. Sometimes our church was under pressure (mainly during the time of Communism) but God gave us His grace and the church grew. Later, problems started among us in the leadership of the church and we had some serious controversies and divisions. But God was with me through it all.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

I am a teacher and preacher in my church. I hope that through the Forum I can receive excellent, practical teaching that I can apply to my ministry. I want to talk with more experienced leaders and learn from them.

What is your ministry?

I lead the ministry of the Hungarian Evangelical Alliance as the general secretary. I lead a Bus4Life ministry through Operation Mobilization Hungary. We serve in the schools with a Pro Life program and among marginalized people (for example among prostitutes). I lead some other ministry trips, mainly with foreign mission teams and in various evangelistic summer camps. I also serve in ministry groups that work with the blind, with Roma people, and with people who have recently divorced. Finally, I am part of the leadership in our church; I preach regularly and am part of the praise and worship team.

What are your past leadership roles?

In 2000, I joined a local Baptist church where I became an elder, a home group leader, and a mentor for a church leader in an independent church. Prior to that, I was a pastor in our underground church from 1982-1999.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

If I learn more, I can share more with other leaders in my country.

Laszlo Beregi|| forum funded ::

Laszlo Beregi|| forum funded ::

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.

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