Vladimir Cizmanski|| YRM funded ::
What is your ministry?
I pastor a small church in Podgorica, the capital of Montenegro. The church is slowly growing and there are challenges that need to be addressed and met. I came from Serbia 30 years ago to be a missionary in Montenegro where there were not any evangelical churches at that time. I started with no connections. It was a challenge to start a home group but by God’s grace it happened after a few years of sharing the Gospel with open-minded people who were searching for the truth. It took time to grow the home group and to start public meetings. Now there is a group of nearly 40 local people in the church and I believe we can grow further. I am one of three elders in the church, trying to take it to next level of fellowship and ministry.
What do you hope to gain from participating?
I would like to gain a clearer perspective for the future regarding how to achieve the goals that are set for the church. I would like to work on myself, to become a better leader who can help less experienced people who are just starting to walk with Jesus. I need to work on my organizational skills so that am more focused to the most important matters. I would like to have a mentor who can see where I am and openly speak about my failures and encourage me to do what needs to be done.
What is your leadership role?
I am one of the elders and pastors of a small church in Montenegro.
Why should someone invest in your ministry?
Because the church where I serve is small and without a history of evangelical heritage, I need to help people to understand the purpose of the church on Earth. I want for our church to have a DNA of strong community with each other, to be a mission-oriented church, to be able to plant new house groups in different cities in Montenegro, and to help shepherd this growth. All evangelicals in Montenegro are first generation born-again Christians. Most of them are now family, so people have little free time due to their businesses. They love the Lord but there is a need to have those from the younger generation who are not as busy.