Stefania Shaded|| needs YRM funding ::

Stefania Shaded|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Poland

Occupation:
Artist

Ministry Focus:
Fine Arts, Women’s Ministry

What is your ministry?

I am a pastor’s wife and am responsible for women’s ministry in our church as a women’s chaplain. I mentor two women who are responsible for leading Bible study groups. I disciple three young mothers. I organize outreach through art exhibitions. I have developed friendships with gallery owners in Poland and Czech Republic, who allow me to share the Gospel when I exhibit my paintings. I am leading art workshops once a week to reach new people for Christ. This gives me the opportunity to have one-on-one time with students and to study the Bible with them.


What do you hope to gain from participating?

For me it is important to have accountability. Two years ago, I was part of another Forum Year-Round Mentoring group for leaders; they held me accountable for painting 8 hours a week. This accountability helped me so much to make painting one of my priorities. Because of that accountability I grew in my skills. I want to grow more in working together with other artists on different projects. Most of the artists I know in my local context are either Catholic or atheists. I need to have other Christian friends who are artists.


What is your leadership role?

I am a mentor and women’s chaplain.


Why should someone invest in your ministry?

So far, I have exhibited my paintings at the invitation of galleries or when others have organized exhibitions for me. I do not like to advertise myself. It is easier and more comfortable for me to suggest others for exhibition. I need help in this area of “self-promotion.” I have the gift of hospitality. I can cook and enjoy a larger group of people. I do not like write, remind, or organize. I need to work with someone else as a team. I am disciplined and systematic, but I am not good at delegation. I have a hard time holding others accountable for their work. I hope to grow in this area. I also hope to make new contacts with other artists and learn from their work and experience. I would be happy to mentor younger artists.


Damaris Otremba|| needs YRM funding ::

Damaris Otremba|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Poland

Occupation:
Artist

Ministry Focus:
Fine Arts, Church Planting

What is your ministry?

I have been involved in the arts throughout my entire life. I grew up in a home full of artwork painted by my parents, so it was impossible not to have a passion for the arts. I studied painting and art at Belhaven University and completed a Masters in Art Education in Silesia. I have done many personal and group exhibitions. My passion from my youth has been creating paintings that will bring glory only to God and that will motivate and inspire others to think about Him. For over 20 years I have been creating art that can be used in the church for building up believers and outside of the church for reaching the unsaved. I also continually encourage other believing artists in Poland to use their talents for building up the church and for evangelism. I believe that my main calling as an artist is to bring God glory.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I want to be mentored and coached in serving God with my gifts in painting. I also want to build deeper friendships with like-minded people working in the arts. I also want to be mentored in how to one day start a ministry to Christian artists. I am also hoping that some of my doctrinal struggles regarding paintings of Jesus’ image in the church will be addressed, especially in the context of Roman Catholicism in Poland and Europe. I want to learn from other artists (especially visual artists) about how they use their talents to glorify God and serve Him.

What is your leadership role?

For the past 20 years my husband and I have been involved in church planting in Poland. We are also mentoring others to do the same.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I am hoping to develop my knowledge of how to paint in the church and outside of the church in the context where I live and serve. I am also hoping to learn how to start a ministry that will encourage artists to minister in the church for building up the body of Christ and reaching the lost.

Adam Dulinski|| forum funded ::

Adam Dulinski|| forum funded ::

Country:
Poland

Occupation:
Christian Ministry—Pastoring/Church Planting

Forum Network:
Church Life, Leadership, and Planting

Ministry Focus:
Pastoring and/or Bible Teaching

Adam Dulinski is the senior pastor of a church he helped plant in Warsaw in 2017.

When did you trust Christ?

I was converted in my home when I was 7-years-old. I was brought up in evangelical family. But I can say I started a new chapter with God when I realized what it means to be free in Christ and began listening to His voice.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

Three years after I got married there was a big crisis in my life. God used that period to give me understanding about what it means to be a new creation in His Kingdom.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

I hope that the Forum will give me new perspective, new connections, new relationships, and new knowledge. I would like to have a wider perspective on what God is doing in Europe and other parts of the world. We are in the dynamics of a church that was planted three years ago. We have a vision of “Warsaw soaked with the Gospel through healthy local churches.” We want to plant other church fellowships. But we are also trying to build a vision of cooperation for churches in Warsaw to create a Gospel movement here.

What is your ministry?

I am the senior pastor of new fellowship in Warsaw planted in 2017. Together with my wife we are leading up to 120 people including, pastoring, teaching, preaching, evangelism, and administration. Mainly our church is made up of citizens of Warsaw, especially from the Bemowo district. We try to engage as much as we can in the local community with Gospel-centered ministry. Bemowo is a district of 120,000 people and is growing fast.

What are your past leadership roles?

I have been a youth pastor, discipleship pastor, missions pastor, and church planter, all at Christian Fellowship North in Warsaw over a period of 15 years.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

My wife and I helped plant a church in Warsaw, the capital city of Poland. With a population of 1.8 million people and 3.1 million people in the greater metropolitan area, it is the 7th most-populous capital city in the European Union. Investing in Warsaw will have a great impact on Poland.

Lukaz Wysocki|| forum funded ::

Lukaz Wysocki|| forum funded ::

Country:
Poland

Occupation:
Christian Ministry – Christian Organization

Forum Network:
Leaders of Christian Organizations

Ministry Focus:
Discipleship

Lukaz Wysocki leads and disciples men in Poland.

When did you trust Christ?

I grew up in a Roman Catholic home and as a teenager I was fed up with tradition and religion. Seeing no evidence of a living God I became an atheist. In the year 1999 I was 17 and at the end of high school. I went to a Christian camp and met followers of Christ. The testimony of their lives made me think about my life. At this camp I heard the Gospel and the testimonies of many teenagers. My attitude towards God started changing. Because of that experience I asked God to reveal Himself to me if he was real. He did that and I soon made Jesus the Lord of my life and decided to follow Him.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

A year after I became a believer, I started university. For five years I was involved in Campus Crusade’s (Cru) student ministry. During that time other students and staff had an impact on me. In the beginning I attended a Bible study and other group meetings. Then I was challenged to lead Bible study groups and to share my personal faith. Through that process I grew spiritually and become a volunteer leader of the Campus Crusade (Cru) ministry. After graduation in 2007 I joined Cru as a full-time missionary and have been serving among students now for nine years. For the last three years I have worked planting a church and that has also motivated my growth.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

I hope to build new relationships with people who serve God’s Kingdom. I hope to receive encouragement and to share experiences. I am looking to connect with mentors or more experienced brothers who could direct me and offer advice.

What is your ministry?

I am leading and developing a ministry in Poland for Christian men, regardless of denomination. I also help a local church (SCH Pabianice), where I am responsible for discipleship and men’s ministry. I serve about seventy men each year. In a local church, I teach and lead through Bible groups and individual meetings.

What are your past leadership roles?

During my university years I was a student ministry leader. When I became full-time staff with Cru, I was a team leader for three years and led many projects in that ministry.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

God called me to serve men in Poland. As I serve others, I am aware that I need to grow. I know there are many traps and dangers in the spiritual journey; having others come with me along that journey will help.

Krzysztof Wojcik|| forum funded ::

Krzysztof Wojcik|| forum funded ::

Country:
Poland/amoteam_text]
Occupation:
Christian Ministry – Pastoring / Church Planting

Forum Network:
Theologians

Ministry Focus:
Pastoring and/or Bible Teaching

Krzysztof Wojcik is a pastor in Poland.

When did you trust Christ?

I trusted the Lord in 1983 in Lodz, Poland. I was eagerly looking for salvation in the Catholic Church, but in vain. I prayed for one year, however, the only prayer I knew was the Lord’s prayer. Then my cousin invited me to a Pentecostal church where I found the true way of Jesus.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

In my early days I watched many abuses in the church. I asked the Lord to help me discern spiritual things and be an observer of His Word. I attended the Theological University in Warsaw. I moved to Gdynia where my theological education was badly received because people were afraid of theologians. It was a moment in my life when I wanted to leave, but the Lord called me to ministry and since then I have been a pastor.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

I desire continuous development despite being in my 50s. I still have a lot to learn. I also desire to meet other pastors and Bible teachers from Poland and from elsewhere in Europe. Poland is still a very Catholic country and it is good to have fellowship with other believers.

What is your ministry?

I am the pastor of a church. I help people in spiritual need through counseling. I help people understand God’s Word and provide answers to tough biblical questions. I preach and teach the Bible.

What are your past leadership roles?

I was a teacher for the student organization Petra. In addition, I was in charge of the ICI correspondence Bible course in Poland, and a commuter teacher in the Bible school in Elbląg in northern Poland.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I am passionate for the Gospel and ministry. I am committed to spreading the Gospel throughout Poland and all of Europe.

Sara Kominek|| forum funded ::

Sara Kominek|| forum funded ::

Country:
Poland

Occupation:
Christian Ministry—Christian Organization

Forum Network:
Organizational Development

Ministry Focus:
Education and/or Training

Sara Kominek is an EXIT Tour Director for Josiah Venture.

When did you trust Christ?

I grew up in a Christian home and made the decision to invite Jesus into my heart as a seven-year-old. However, when I was 14, I made a choice that Christianity was not only our family’s faith, but my faith. I have been following Jesus ever since.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

When I was 16, our church was missing a youth leader and together with two friends my age, we stepped up and became the leaders. Then Josiah Venture missionaries from the United States started attending our church. They opened their home to the youth and mentored us, showing us what true discipleship is about. At the age of 24 I decided to take a bold step; I followed God’s calling and left my career to become a full-time missionary in my own country.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

My local church does not invest much into me. I hope that during the Forum I will be trained and stretched. I also would love the opportunity to meet people with similar passions. I want to share about what I have been learning, learn from the experiences of others, and renew my heart where it needs it.

What is your ministry?

I am a team leader whose goal is to enable Polish churches to reach out to public schools with high-quality prevention programs based on Christian values. Our lectures to students cover topics like addiction, self-worth, bullying, Internet pornography, and depression. We have a Christian rock/rap band that performs short gigs. Throughout the week we visit several schools and local churches to organize afternoon youth clubs. At the end of the week the band plays a concert where we share the Gospel and hand out Bibles. Each school year we do six weeks of EXIT Tours, reaching 5,000-6,000 teenagers.

What are your past leadership roles?

For the last five years I have been a country director for EXIT, our ministry within Josiah Venture. I oversee a team of three people and 20+ volunteers from different countries and denominations.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I was once myself a young youth leader mentored by American missionaries and that made a huge difference for me. Now I want to be that person for the youth leaders I work with as a Josiah Venture missionary. I want to grow in order to invest in them. I have been blessed and want to be a blessing to others.

Magdalena Szysxkowska|| needs YRM funding ::

Magdalena Szysxkowska|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Poland

Occupation:
Christian Ministry

Ministry Focus:
Discipleship

What is your ministry?

I am involved in my church community in different ways. I lead a Bible study group for women. I am in the church choir. I also am involved with seminars for women that my church organizes two or three times a year. As the leader of a small group, I want to be an example of Christ’s love to the other women, to show them love and interest and concern, to build trust in sharing in their problems and struggles. I want to build relationships with them daily, not just once a week when we formally meet.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I am eager to get to know other Christian leaders and learn from their experiences. I would like to gain more self-esteem and to be more disciplined about my own prayer life and study of the Bible. I want to become better at making disciples.

What is your leadership role?

My sister and I lead two Bible groups for women. I am responsible for a group for new Christian women or women who are not believers but searching.
Based on the materials from our church and other sources I prepare questions and commentary for the group. I am also responsible for the winter Christmas meeting for women. The aim of this meeting is to share the Gospel and encouraging women to grow in their faith. I am responsible for the topic, the verses of the Bible that will be meditated, and usually one of the women will share the Gospel. This is what really excites me, and I love the interaction with people!

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

My goal to know the Bible, to grow in faith, and to become more and more Christ-centered. To be a good leader, first I must grow myself. Then I can help other women to come to Jesus. I want to show women in my small group how essential it is to read God’s Word and to apply it to their own lives. In my group, I have mostly very young Christians or women who are still hesitating to become Christians. The challenges that I face are to not become discouraged when women don’t come regularly to the group. It is hard for me, and I get angry at them. I see that I want to control them in a sense. I know that to study the Bible and to know God is the best thing and I become irritated when some of the women have other priorities. I must be more patient. There are also some Catholic women coming to the group, so I must navigate how to communicate the truth of the gospel while also not scaring them away from the group

Monika Shaded|| forum funded ::

Monika Shaded|| forum funded ::

Country:
Poland

Occupation:
Fine Arts

Forum Network:
Artists

Ministry Focus:
Education and/or Training

Monika Shaded is a doctoral student in painting and runs a group for student artists at her university.

When did you trust Christ?

The year 2004 was a turning point in my life. After breaking up with my fiancée, I became depressed and began suffering from anorexia. At the critical moment when I wanted to commit suicide, I cried out: God, if you exist, show me now. God answered. The amazing presence of God came to me. I experienced in that moment His love, joy, and forgiveness. This moment radically changed my life and I decided to follow Jesus.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

The community of believers of which I was a part had a great impact on me. Alina Wieja, an important leader in Poland, had a big influence on me. In 2008, I finished a Christian counseling course through her foundation “Life and Mission”. For three years, I used this knowledge to provide socio-therapeutic classes for children from alcoholic families. I also used art in these classes. My first church community fell apart and it was very difficult time for me, but it was also a great opportunity for growth and trust in God. My husband and I are also missionaries with an organization called International Messenger. My work with this organization has had a big impact on me as well.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

Being at the Forum has given me a lot of inspiration to serve through the arts. There is very little talk about art in God’s plan in Poland. I will be able to take some of the concepts and ideas presented by the speakers at the Forum and present them in Poland. Personally, the Forum was also a time when God told me to take on more leadership responsibility.

What is your ministry?

A year ago I recently returned to the University of Arts in Poznan after spending a few years taking care of our two young children. I am pursuing my doctorate of fine arts in the field of painting. I have also started a student group at the university for artists. I am also an active artist and regularly exhibit in different parts of Poland.

What are your past leadership roles?

From 2006-2008 I was a leader in the church of Effata. From 2008-2011 I led socio-therapeutic classes for children from alcoholic families. From 2008-2019 I was an assistant professor at the University of Arts in Poznan. From 2008-2018 I was a painting teacher in the National Museum in Poznan. From 2008-2011 I was a painting teacher at the Art High School in Poznan. From 2013-2016 I helped my husband organize evangelism camps for children.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

Due to my work as a painter, I am able to be a witness for Christ in a secular environment and in areas where it might be difficult for other Christians to go.

Szymon Chaciak|| forum funded ::

Szymon Chaciak|| forum funded ::

Country:
Poland

Occupation:
Media/Communication

Forum Network:
Media Communicators

Ministry Focus:
Evangelism

Szymon Chaciak is a film producer with Polish Baptist TV.

When did you trust Christ?

In 2007 I gave my life to Jesus and in 2008 I was baptized. My mother-in-law invited me to an Alpha course; after the course I decided that if what the teachers said was true, I wanted to take a chance and follow Christ. During the Alpha course, God freed me from various addictions and the process of changing my heart began. During this time, I experienced God’s personal closeness and various miracles. This confirmed for me that this was the best decision of my life.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

The first important moment was the Alpha course through which I became a Christian. Some other important moments include: being mentored by my first pastor; eight years of attending the David’s Army Church with many important experiences, including receiving teaching about family, marriage, and finances; and two operations that I underwent (I was paralyzed from the waist down and had to learn to walk again). God’s grace has guided me all this time.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

I believe that God has called me to serve Him through the media so as to reach both wider and more specific groups of people with the Gospel message. Working with the camera and with new forms of media is a passion for me. I have already gained some experience and have several films with over 1 million views on social media. I finished film school and I want to work in film all the time. I believe that we Christians can be an antidote and light to society.

What is your ministry?

I am the leader of media service in my local church. We organize the live stream every Sunday. I am also the director of Polish Baptist TV. We record television programs, reporting, and documentary films. The average coverage of our Sunday broadcasts is about 1,000 people, while some of our programs have 70,000 views. Seventy percent of our viewers are age 25-44 and about 80% are men.

What are your past leadership roles?

At my previous church I led a home group of a dozen or so people. I was also a member of the church council for two years. I am currently the president of two companies, one in Poland and the other in England. Both companies deal in film production, commercials, documentaries, and television programs. I have run my business for over 15 years.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I am open to new experiences, new ideas, and new knowledge. The media is a great mission field for the Gospel.

Pawel Pilatowski|| forum funded ::

Pawel Pilatowski|| forum funded ::

Country:
Poland

Occupation:
Education—Childhood and Adolescent

Forum Network:
Leaders of Christian Organizations

Ministry Focus:
Ministry Administration and Service

Pawel Pilatowski is a pastor and the principal of the John the Baptist Primary School.

When did you trust Christ?

I made the decision to follow Jesus in 2004. A close friend of mine who was a Christian had a brain tumor. I really wanted to pray for her healing, but when I knelt down, I was so convicted about my own sin that for hours I confessed my sins and begged God to take over my life because I couldn’t live my life on my own. God answered this prayer, freed me from my addictions, and during the next few days healed the person I prayed for. Since then I look for God’s will and serve Him.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

About a year after I met Christ, I connected to a missionary from Christian Missionary Fellowship International, Cameroon, who helped me grow in my prayer life and fasting, as well as gain a more radical approach towards sin. A few years later I moved to Warsaw, where I served in a church in a poor neighborhood. I worked with the leaders and the addicted people in the neighborhood, who were going through rehab. In Warsaw I met a pastor and missionary group from Norway who served in many different ways. Through their ministry God dealt with many wounds from my dysfunctional family that I had been carrying since my childhood. At the same time God engaged me in the ministry. I went on to move to Toruń, where God led me to organize meetings for Christians who were outside the church. The goal of those meetings was to help those people to return to Christian fellowship and be a blessing. At that time, I met my wife. My marriage is a great lesson of humility and patience. God led my wife and I to move to the town of Garwolin to support a small church there.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

I would love to gain knowledge of ministry development and to make contact with people who may be able to help me grow in my Christian education ministry. I want to build relationships with Christians in various countries who are devoted to Christian education.

What is your ministry?

I am a preacher and elder in Społeczność Chrześcijańska w Garwolinie, a small church in Garwolin. I do evangelism, preach, and provide counseling. At the same time, I am employed as head of administration for a Christian school and kindergarten in Warsaw. God has put in my heart a vision for establishing a Christian school in the city of Torun. I believe the ministry that God is starting may touch hundreds and thousands of Poles because of its influence on future generations through Christian education. Throughout the years of the schools’ operation hundreds of its graduates will impact their local communities.

What are your past leadership roles?

I was the leader of a support group for addicted people. I was a leader and interpreter for meetings for Christians outside the church in Torun.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

Christian education ministry is an investment in the structure of future society. There is a great need for Christianity to continue its impact on nations and local communities. Christian education gives an opportunity to prepare future generations so that their main goal will be following Jesus. I have already invested in my own education so I can meet legal requirements to run a school in Poland. I have also gained experience and spiritual formation during my work in a Christian school.

Agata Tolloczko|| forum funded ::

Agata Tolloczko|| forum funded ::

Country:
Poland

Occupation:
Christian Ministry—Other

Forum Network:
Pastoral Counselors

Ministry Focus:
Discipleship

Agata Tolloczko helps organize English clubs, does street evangelism, and is studying to be a missionary.

When did you trust Christ?

I was born in a Catholic family. Our relationship with God was comparable to that of most of Polish families – based on religion and tradition. We were focused on what people thought about us and keeping up appearances, not on God. I understood God as an institution, not as someone real. Thank God that He gave me much an older sister who was interested in the real God and who was searching for Him. She introduced me to Jesus and taught me about Him. During a summer camp I felt real, genuine contact with God and I came to understand my need for Him.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

The defining moments of my Christian walk have been my baptism, learning how to make disciples with a more mature Christian friend, attending systematic Bible study meetings, sharing an apartment with a good Christian friend, and moving to Ukraine to be a student at missionary school in Odessa.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

Attending the European Leadership Forum will be an unbelievable benefit to my ministry. After I finish missionary school, I would like to start a discipleship ministry among women in Poland related to sharing the Gospel with them, preaching about the identity and value of women in Christ, and helping them become mature Christians. The workshops and Network on discipleship will be of enormous help to me as I prepare for this journey.

What is your ministry?

I help to organize evangelistic English Clubs for students. I do street evangelism. I am also studying in a missionary school and will have a six-month internship with a discipleship ministry. I continue to lead a Bible study small group and I am involved in discipleship.

What are your past leadership roles?

My friend and I led a weekly Bible study group in our apartment for a few years. Moreover, I have started my education at a missionary school in Ukraine and I will be involved in many ministries there.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

By investing in my training and my ministry individuals will help me with developing individual and group discipleship among women, and in helping me develop a biblically-based approach to use in helping women become disciples of Christ and reaching more women who will be future disciples.

Iwona Pietrzak|| forum funded ::

Iwona Pietrzak|| forum funded ::

Country:
Poland

Occupation:
Education—Childhood and Adolescent

Forum Network:
Church Life, Leadership, and Planting

Ministry Focus:
Worship

Iwona Pietrzak is a worship leader and an art teacher in the Christian school she started with her husband.

When did you trust Christ?

I was raised in traditional Catholic home and family. When I was 18 years old, I started to think about the meaning of life. Around that same time my older brother became a born again Christian and he started to tell me about having a real relationship with God. It was very easy to see how much my brother’s life had changed. As a result of all this, I started to read the Gospel of Matthew from the beginning. When I got to the 6th chapter, God touched my heart so strongly that I was completely changed from the inside out. I repented of my sins and became a born again Christian.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

When I became a Christian I had different moments in my life that were defining moments. These include my baptism in 1989, becoming a worship leader in 1990, marrying my husband in 1997, attending Bible school in 1999, the birth of our twin boys in 2003, moving from the city of Warsaw to Poznan in faith in 2006, and returning to Warsaw in 2017 to start a Christian school with my husband.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

The Forum has given me a better understanding of art, God, and God in art. I am so encouraged because the Forum gives me the opportunity to learn from other leaders, get to know them, share our lives and experiences, and pray for each other.

What is your ministry?

Today I am a worship leader. I write worship songs and lead worship teams in two churches. I lead a discipleship group for women. My husband and I started a Christian school called King David’s School, where I am an art teacher. My husband and I also organize a small discipleship conference for our church.

What are your past leadership roles?

I have been a worship leader since 1990. I have been a discipleship group leader since 2003.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I would like to grow in the area of reaching people with the gospel through art. I believe this is a great way to reach people because non-Christians are more open to thinking about spiritual things when they are presented in an artistic way.

Andrzej Kempczynski|| forum funded ::

Andrzej Kempczynski|| forum funded ::

Country:
Poland

Occupation:
Christian Ministry – Pastoring/Church Planting

Forum Network:
Apologetics

Ministry Focus:
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.

Krzysztof Kacprowicz|| forum funded ::

Krzysztof Kacprowicz|| forum funded ::

Country:
Poland

Occupation:
Christian Ministry—Christian Organization

Forum Network:
Media Communicators

Ministry Focus:
Children and/or Youth

Krzysztof Kacprowicz is the national director of Youth for Christ Poland.

When did you trust Christ?

I was 12-years-old when my uncle told me about Jesus and asked me if I wanted to give my life to Jesus. After a few conversations with my uncle, I decided to repent of my sins and give my heart to Jesus.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

I was 16-years-old when I was baptized in water. Not long after my baptism, I began to feel a calling to ministry. During that time, after talking about it with my mentor, I decided that I wanted to go to the Baptist seminary. Another defining moment in my life was when some friends and I started Life Church in Warsaw. Another important moment was when I felt that my ministry in Life Church was going to end; I prayed for the next step and was led to become the national director of Youth for Christ (YFC) Poland.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

Being at the Forum is so helpful because everything for me is so new. I have just started my journey as the national director of Youth for Christ. The Forum is helping me to improve my management and leadership skills. It extends my boundaries about service among young people. I am able to meet people from whom I will be able to learn how to better serve the young generation. Networking.

What is your ministry?

I manage the work of people involved in YFC Poland projects. I support and develop the leaders of our projects and our community center. I am building cooperation with other organizations. I manage and raise the finances of the entire YFC Poland organization.

What are your past leadership roles?

I was one of the youth leaders in the church where I attended when I was a teenager – Evangelical Church of Poland. I was one of the leaders of Life Church Warsaw.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

God put me in the position of being the national director of a ministry. I have only been in the role for a year, but I want to develop YFC Poland so that we can reach more young people and invest in more young leaders. I want to learn from more experienced people. I know that a lot depends on my decisions and I want to learn how to make them wisely.

Justyna Wawrzyniak|| forum funded ::

Justyna Wawrzyniak|| forum funded ::

Country:
Poland

Occupation:
Christian Ministry—Christian Organization

Forum Network:
Academic

Ministry Focus:
Education and/or Training

Justyna Wawrzyniak is a Bible teacher, lecturer at a Christian college, and the Vice President of a training organization called the Proca Foundation.

When did you trust Christ?

I was born in 1977 in a traditional Polish Catholic family. As a teenager, I was already looking for a deep and meaningful life. At the age of 15 I started dabbling in the occult and parapsychology. I started to take courses in clairvoyance. Then I met my spiritual father, who asked me questions about Jesus. He helped me search for answers. This ultimately led me to a lively and fruitful relationship with Jesus Christ based on love and trust. I was born again in 1994 after I gave my life to Jesus while walking in the woods.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

After I became a Christian I was rejected by my family. Then my father died. Later still I developed a chronic illness. All of these events made me turn to Jesus for comfort and strength.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

I would love to gain new inspiration and ideas from other disciples makers.

What is your ministry?

I am Bible teacher. I am a lecturer at a Christian college. I conduct training workshops and lectures at Christian conferences. I am also the Vice President of an organization called the Proca Foundation. Proca’s Ministry primary focus is providing all kinds of assistance to ministers, elders, and church leaders in their ministry; coaching and encouraging Christian businesses in their struggles; and using workshops, coaching, and mentoring to reach into the community. We exist to serve Christian leaders and train them to use different tools to be more effective and to live their God-given purpose, so they can achieve their calling.

What are your past leadership roles?

For 10 years I was a teacher of Sunday school, and later, the director of the children’s ministry department in the biggest Pentecostal church in Poland. After getting married in 2003 I was sent on missions with a Christian organization that is now called Proem (it was known as Word of Life at that time). After a year and a half of service, my husband and I felt that God was calling us to a new place. In 2008, we founded organization that supports, develops, and appreciates Christian leaders in Poland. We conduct trainings and development opportunities for Christian leaders and church leaders in Poland.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I am teacher, trainer, and university lecturer. Each year I influence hundreds of others either individually through coaching and mentoring or through workshops and courses I teach at Christian universities.

Dawid Werner|| forum funded ::

Dawid Werner|| forum funded ::

Country:
Poland

Occupation:
Christian Ministry—Evangelism

Forum Network:
Church Life, Leadership, and Planting

Ministry Focus:
Ministry Administration and Service

Dawid Werner is a regional coordinator for Josiah Venture.

When did you trust Christ?

I made my decision to trust and follow Jesus as my personal savior when I was 16-years-old while attending a Christian camp in Oćwieka. The preacher was sharing about God’s love and forgiveness. Broken by a Holy Spirit, I went to the restroom and locked the door. I was weeping, confessing my sins, asking God for forgiveness, and thanking Him for His love and sacrifice.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

After I made my decision to follow Jesus, I did not want to give up one particular sin for God. It was looking for value and acceptance in relationships with women. When I was 9 my mother has died. Through a relationship with four friends of mine who were sisters, God showed me who I am in Him. Those four sisters showed me how I should treat women in my life. Another defining moment was when I became a youth leader. It was a great motivation to me to get closer and closer to Jesus by serving others. I was equipped by our pastor. I became an elder. I grew in preaching and leading others spiritually. Five years ago I became a full time ministry worker. This was God’s confirmation of His calling for my life. Since then I have been growing in making disciples, equipping others, and leading and coordinating a team.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

At the Forum I will learn how to be a better disciple maker. I will be inspired by others to serve our God. I am also currently making a big decision about my future. I hope God will speak to me about that as well.

What is your ministry?

I am a regional coordinator for Josiah Venture. I help develop relationships between Josiah Venture Poland and local churches in the region. I support youth leaders by equipping and empowering them to be better disciple makers.

What are your past leadership roles?

I was formerly the coordinator of youth ministry in my local church.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

The main reason is the fruit we can see in our ministry. Every year we organize more camps, and we see more kids making decisions to trust and follow Jesus. Every year we see more believers getting involved in ministry. We see churches being refreshed and awakened by what happens with the youth in their communities. By God’s grace we can see the fruit of what we do.

Adrian Strozek|| forum funded ::

Adrian Strozek|| forum funded ::

Country:
Poland

Occupation:
Christian Ministry—Pastoring/Church Planting

Forum Network:
Theologians

Ministry Focus:
Pastoring and/or Bible Teaching

Adrian Strozek is the pastor of a church in northern Poland.

When did you trust Christ?

I made my original decision to follow the Lord Jesus in July of 1982.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

The defining moments of my Christian walk began in my home. My mom was a great testimony for me. She was the first person who shared Gospel with me and has been a great influence since then. Another defining influence was my church. I grew up in Brethren Church in southern Poland. It was conservative, Bible-believing church. During my high school years I felt a growing desire and call to go into full time ministry. I decided not to go to medical school, but instead to go to seminary to prepare for the ministry. I can’t underestimate the influence of my teachers and fellow students. Another defining moment was marrying a woman ready to support me in ministry. There was also the church that I did my pastoral development and training, and 10 years ago finally becoming a pastor in a local Baptist church in Gdansk in northern Poland.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

Most of the people in the church are university educated, so I see the need to develop my apologetic skills and approach. Though I took apologetics courses in my seminary years, I still have much to learn. My role as a pastor in a local church also means that I must be prepared to give all the time – sermons, leading and preparing small groups, leadership development, pastoral counseling, and so on. I need time to be fed and inspired and refreshed in my ministry so that I can help feed and inspire others.

What is your ministry?

I am a pastor of a local Baptist Church in Gdansk, in northern Poland. It is a young, growing church that is very active. My responsibility is to keep the right direction of the development of our church, through teaching, leadership development, keeping a balance between different ministries, and increasing the church’s growth. I preach and teach on Sundays and during the week at small groups and in youth meetings. I teach at conferences and help lead camps. I intentionally develop new leaders in our church. I try to inspire our church for mission and evangelistic involvement. I delegate different ministries to responsible people, so the church is engaged and using its gifts.

What are your past leadership roles?

Before I become a pastor in Gdansk, I was youth pastor in the nearby town of Malbork for five years. Before that I was involved in leading mission trips, and youth and children’s ministry both locally and nationwide.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I need support for refreshment, inspiration, reflection, and preparation for future challenges in my ministry. Gdansk is a large city where many people will hear the Gospel and God’s church is growing. The Forum is an excellent opportunity to meet excellent teachers and partners for ministry. I will be extremely thankful for any investment in my development and my ministry.

Michal Pronczuk|| forum funded ::

Michal Pronczuk|| forum funded ::

Country:
Poland

Occupation:
Christian Ministry

Forum Network:
Scientists

Ministry Focus:
Ministry Administration and Service

Michal Pronczuk is an assistant pastor, and leads the Biblical Creationist Society, which organizes lectures, discussions, and evangelistic meetings on the topic of creation.

When did you trust Christ?

I trusted Jesus in the autumn of 1990. It happened when a member of Campus Crusade for Christ visited me in my room in the dormitory of my university. Together we studied the four spiritual life rules and as a result I accepted Christ.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

My baptism in 1992 was an important moment for me. Studying at the Biblical School of Theology in Wroclaw, which is now the Evangelical School of Theology, was another important moment. Initiating a series of lectures related to biblical creationism involving Christian scientists was crucial to my Christian walk as well.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

For me the Forum serves as a source of inspiration, ideas, and contact with Christian scientists. I have met several key Christian scientists at the Forum; they have been able to help me build a biblical creation movement in Poland. The Forum will also help me to learn more about church development and church planting.

What is your ministry?

I am an assistant pastor in a local Baptist Church in Torun, a city in northern Poland. I am also the chairman of the Biblical Creation Society in Poland. In the church I preach, lead, and organize Bible studies, support the church with apologetic tools, and perform administrative tasks. In the BCS, I organize conferences, invite speakers to attend conferences and other events, write for Christian newspapers and websites, and help engage the media through film, books, and radio programs. I also actively work among students at Toruń Nicolaus Copernicus University, including organizing public lectures with scientists.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

My deep desire is to develop my skills to serve God through the truth of Biblical creationism, so I need to gain more knowledge and experience in this field. Moreover, I need to know people who serve God in the same way both as lecturers and organizers.

Jadwiga Markiewicz|| forum funded ::

Jadwiga Markiewicz|| forum funded ::

Country:
Poland

Occupation:
Christian Ministry—Christian Organization

Forum Network:
Pastoral Counselors

Ministry Focus:
Discipleship

Jadwiga Markiewicz works for Matthew 28 Ministries, and leads a discipleship program for women called Metamorphosis.

When did you trust Christ?

I made my decision to follow Christ in 1981 when I was a student through the ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ in Poland.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

During the last three years of my university studies, after I made my decision for Christ, I was involved in the Campus Crusade student ministry. I attended Bible study meetings and large student meetings. I was discipled by Campus Crusade staff, and was challenged to serve God full time. When I finish my studies I joined the Campus Crusade staff in 1983.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

The Forum is a great time of learning, encouragement, vision casting, and inspiration for my ministry. It is a good opportunity to make new connections and exchange experiences. It is wonderful time of rest in God’s arms.

What is your ministry?

I help women from different Polish cities and different churches to grow in their relationship with Christ to be disciples of Christ. I help them grow in God’s Word and apply His Word to their everyday lives. I help teach them how to share the Gospel and to help others to know Christ. A year ago I started our “Metamorphosis” program, which disciples 20 women, many of whom are themselves leaders for women in their cities and churches.

What are your past leadership roles?

In my ministry I have been a small group leader, the leader of a women’s teaching team, and was responsible for training new staff. Now I am our women’s forum leader.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

My heart is for evangelism and discipleship among women, so they can know God personally and live as free people in Christ, spreading His fragrance. If the lives of women change, they will tell others about Jesus, and make a difference for Christ in our country.

Robert Miksa|| forum funded ::

Robert Miksa|| forum funded ::

Country:
Poland

Occupation:
Christian Ministry—Pastoring/Church Planting

Forum Network:
Disciple-Making Leaders

Ministry Focus:
Pastoring and/or Bible Teaching

Robert Miksa is a pastor in Gdansk, Poland.

When did you trust Christ?

I became a Christian when I was a teenager at a Billy Graham crusade in Poland. I was then baptized in 1979.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

There have been numerous defining moments in my life as a Christian, including: being discipled for three years in a small group organized by the Navigators; taking several courses from Bible Education by Extension, which deepened my faith; being involved in Advanced Training Studies for young pastors organized by the BEE staff, which helped me to understand the nature of ministry; and studying at Christian Theological Academy.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

The Forum helps me to understand the problems I am facing as a minister. It is also very encouraging and refreshing, especially after a whole year of sometimes hard times in ministry. This past year’s seminars with Bobb Biehl were very helpful, very practical, and exactly what I needed in my ministry. The teaching on issues related to homosexuality was also very helpful. The Forum is probably the best conference I have ever attended, both because of its speakers and content, and because of the encouragement I receive from people. The Forum helps me to develop my skills in apologetics as well.

What is your ministry?

I have been the pastor of a Baptist Church in Poland for 27 years. I was one of three young pastors on a small pastoral team when the church began. Right now I am the senior pastor. I am involved in several of the church’s ministries. I work with youth and students, and I do apologetics, preaching, teaching, and some counseling. I also teach hermeneutics in a Baptist seminary and write articles for Poland’s national Baptist magazine. We are also planting new churches in the area.

What are your past leadership roles?

I was a youth leader. I was a choir leader. I have led Bible studies. I have preached. I was an elder. I wrote articles for Christian magazines on the Christian life and apologetics issues. Current I am a senior pastor.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

It seems to me that what is needed in today’s ministry is a more apologetic approach in preaching, teaching, and evangelism. It seems to me that God is using me in these fields, but I see my limits. I need more training in apologetics and preaching.

Remigiusz Neumann|| forum funded ::

Remigiusz Neumann|| forum funded ::

Country:
Poland

Occupation:
Christian Ministry—University Evangelism

Forum Network:
Theologians

Ministry Focus:
University Students

Remigiusz Neumann is a church pastor in one church and a youth pastor in a second church.

When did you trust Christ?

I grew up in a Christian home, so I knew about Christianity from an early age. I made my decision to repent and follow Jesus when I was 16-years-old during a special evangelism service in my home church. I felt convicted and knew that I wanted to follow Jesus Christ with my whole heart.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

When I was 18-years-old I started to work as a youth worker and youth helper. I also attended several Christian camps, youth conferences, and retreats as a counselor. I have met several influential people who have really encouraged me and shaped my understanding of faith.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

Attending the Forum has helped me to learn how to better make disciples of the youth in my sphere of influence. I have received excellent teaching and new ideas for my ministry.

What is your ministry?

I am a pastor in two churches. I am a youth pastor in a Baptist church in Łódź, Poland. In the second church I am the full time pastor. These two churches are in two different cities in Poland. I am also active in youth ministry in the larger Baptist denomination in Poland. Previous to that I spent several years in other churches as a youth pastor. I take care of youth, teenagers, and college students.

What are your past leadership roles?

I started to lead when I was 18-years-old. First I was a youth leader in my home church. After that my pastor suggested that I study at theological seminary. So I did. Then I started my pastoral training in the city of Torun, but for financial reasons I was not able to continue and had to find a full time job. In 2007 I was presented with another pastoral opportunity in another city, so I moved and I started my pastoral training again. After three years of training I moved to another city to start a youth pastor job. That job lasted for two years. In January of 2013 I moved to Łódź to my current job as a youth pastor. I have since also become a full time pastor in a second church.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I believe that I have a lot to learn and need more training and study. I am grateful for any additional training I receive because it will help me to improve my ministry and the work I do with teenagers and university students.

Mateusz Nowacki|| forum funded ::

Mateusz Nowacki|| forum funded ::

Country:
Poland

Occupation:
Christian Ministry—Other

Forum Network:
Theologians

Ministry Focus:
Children and/or Youth

Mateusz Nowacki is a youth leader in his church and a lay preacher.

When did you trust Christ?

I made the decision to follow Jesus when I was 12-years-old. I was attending a Bible study and I came to understand that the Gospel is real and that I need to trust and follow Jesus. For me it was more a process, rather than a single moment that changed my life. I grew up in a Christian family and attended a Baptist church. It came to my mind that Christianity is the truth and the only thing that is worth of following

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

The most defining moments of my Christian walk have been hard and painful times. When my girlfriend broke up with me in November of 2010, it changed a lot in my life and made me think harder about my faith and whether I was really committed to it. Another difficult time was when my mom got a cancer three years ago. It got me thinking more about life and death, about things that are everlasting, and things that will not perish. I also learned a lot as a leader in a youth camp, which I have done more than 10 times. Those camps really changed the perspective I have for my life.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

I want to return to the European Leadership Forum because of the influence it has already had on my ministry. The Forum is a great time of meeting new people who have similar ministry challenges to mine. It is an opportunity to share experiences, come up with creative solutions, and to focus on what God has called us to do. It is truly a blessing to be able to learn from people who have been serving the Lord longer than me and to have the possibility of talking with them about my future.

What is your ministry?

I am responsible for leading and teaching two Bible groups for boys and for leading youth meetings every week. I also take care of a men’s meeting once a month. I preach during Sunday service once every two months. I lead prayer meeting every Wednesday morning and try to provide pastoral care for people in our church.

What are your past leadership roles?

My past leadership roles very mostly concerned about serving the youth. I have been a leader at Christian youth camps 10 times.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I am humble and very aware of myself, of my limits, and of the sins that I struggle with. I am engaged in other people’s lives and passionate about the ministry that I do. I finished study at the University of Technology in Gdansk, and worked for five years as Robotics Engineer with laser welding, automotive, and ships. I left my job as robotics engineer because I think that full time ministry will be better for growing God’s kingdom. The elders in my church and all our church also recognized that this is a good decision.

Damaris Otremba|| forum funded ::

Damaris Otremba|| forum funded ::

Country:
Poland

Occupation:
Fine Arts

Forum Network:
Artists

Ministry Focus:
Church Planting

Damaris Otremba is an artist and church planter.

When did you trust Christ?

I was brought up in an evangelical Christian family in Poland. My father, grandfather, and great grandfather were church planters in Poland and Syria. Jesus became my Savior when I was 6-years-old. When I was 14-years-old, I devoted my life to serving the Lord to reach lost people wherever He might call me.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

From ages 6-9 years old, I was in an Arabic Muslim school for the children of Middle Eastern diplomats, where I was put down for being a Christian. But my faith in Jesus Christ became firmer because of that. In high school, while attending a European Youth Conference, I committed to serving God as a full time missionary wherever He sends me. By God’s provision I spent eight years in the U.S. studying. I was on an athletic scholarship, playing basketball and volleyball for my college while getting trained for church planting. In my college years, the defining moments were short-term mission trips to Albania, Peru, and Syria. Another was when a dear friend was killed in an accident. In my adult life, the defining moment was when our first church plant failed and I had to learn many hard lessons. Later God asked us to give Him all that we own, which was another freeing lesson. More recently, I was diagnosed with an incurable thyroid cancer, but God healed me.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

The Forum is an inspiring and equipping time for me. I am able to meet people involved in similar ministries in Europe. We encourage each other and can share our experiences with one another. I am especially interested in learning more about how to minister to Muslims in Poland, especially to younger Muslims.

What is your ministry?

I am involved in three different ministries. First, I paint paintings to bring the message of Christ to non- believers and believers. I reach out to the artistic community in our town in the university to share the gospel of Christ and disciple them. Secondly, I am helping my husband in planting a new church (Holy Trinity Church). I disciple women in leadership, disciple youth, and help mentor couples in ministry. Finally, I am co-founding with my husband a ministry called Operation Genet, which is a gospel-centered, disciple-making and church-planting initiative, which helps other church planters in Poland.

What are your past leadership roles?

My past leadership role had to do with being the co-founder (with my husband) of a church in Poznan, Poland, called Genesis Christian Community. My ministry was coordinating visual arts for evangelistic events, including paintings, sculptures, multimedia, and so on. I also coordinated the ministries for women, youth, and children.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

One of the biggest challenges in my country is that the Polish people predominately consider themselves Christians by being born into the Roman Catholic Church. Some of them indeed are true believers, but very few. Most are nominally religious Catholics without an understanding of the Gospel of grace, without a saving faith, who do not know or read the Word of God. They perceive Christianity as a form of religion filled with rituals, not a relationship with God on a personal level. The younger population is becoming more and more secular and materialistic, yet they maintain a Catholic identity My country desperately needs intentional church planters that will disciple people life-on-life and grow multiplying churches.

Wojciech Kowalewski|| forum funded ::

Wojciech Kowalewski|| forum funded ::

Country:
Poland

Occupation:
Christian Ministry—Christian Organization

Forum Network:
Disciple-Making Leaders

Ministry Focus:
Education and/or Training

Wojciech Kowalewski is a pastor and founder and president of non-profit Christian organization called Golden Apple Institute.

When did you trust Christ?

I became a Christian as a teenager. My brother invited me to a local Baptist Church and they shared the message of the Good News with me. I started reading the New Testament and as a result of that I invited Jesus into my life to become my personal Lord and Savior.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

After I became a Christian I joined a youth group and after two years became one of the leaders. I remember when I was asked to preach my first sermon and it was on the theme of “first love.” As I was about to graduate from my high school I discovered my calling for full-time pastoral ministry and went to a Seminary in Warsaw. There I joined the Baptist Church where I become a youth pastor. Later on, after graduation, I was invited to study theology in Wales, where I got my MTh and PhD in practical theology. It was a big stepping stone in my spiritual life and ministry. After I got back to Poland I became co-pastor at the Second Baptist Church in Wroclaw and a few years later began ministering to other pastors and leaders throughout the nation.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

The Forum is a unique meeting and training place where many great leaders representing various fields share their experience with others. I believe that attending will empower me to be more effective as a leader and also provide a space for networking with like-minded people.

What is your ministry?

Golden Apple Institute is parachurch organization that focuses on leadership development, coaching and transformation for pastors, church, and marketplace leaders. It exists to accelerate the impact of evangelical leaders. We provide individual coaching and mentoring, team coaching and strategic networking, practical training and resources and also theological and biblical courses at local churches. I am also the co-pastor of a church.

What are your past leadership roles?

Youth pastor was my first official appointment when I was a seminary student in Warsaw. When I studied in Wales I also served as assistant pastor of Ararat Baptist Church, Cardiff. When I got back to Poland I became co-pastor of Second Baptist Church in Wroclaw. After a few years I begun ministering to other pastors and formed the Pastors2Pastors coaching ministry, which is now Golden Apple Institute, where I serve as President of this organization.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

My calling is to invest in other leaders. It is my strong belief that that empowering visionary and courageously influential leaders will result in positive changes not only in their lives, but also in the people and organizations they serve. It not just about obtaining more information and knowledge, but creating a space for authentic, caring, and purposeful networking resulting in intentional growth.

Adam Cenian|| forum funded ::

Adam Cenian|| forum funded ::

Country:
Poland

Occupation:
Education—University

Forum Network:
Scientists

Ministry Focus:
Apologetics

Adam Cenian is a Physicist in Poland and a member of the Polish National Academy of Science.

When did you trust Christ?

I trusted Christ over 30 years ago during an evangelistic meeting at a local church. I understood that, although a sinner, I could be forgiven, and that the strength to persevere in faith did not depend on me.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

One year after accepting Jesus Christ, I attended a youth conference in Warsaw. I realized during my time there that I should be involved in Christian ministry. I later attended camps with IFES in Poland and England, where I learned how to lead evangelistic Bible studies. I have continued to lead such studies since that time.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

I would like to express my gratitude to those who enabled me to take part in this excellent European Leadership Forum! I admire the content of the Forum, particularly the Scientific Network of which I am a part. Several years ago at the Forum I received encouragement to start the ministry I am now involved in. Since then I have received additional spiritual support and refreshment. Some of the speakers I have met at the Forum have helped us in our ministry in Poland, and we continue to invite such speakers to our area for strategic work for the Gospel. The meetings have helped me to recognize the extent of the work which has been done in my field. I hope that in the future I will be able to contribute even more to the field of science for the sake of the Polish people. We do not yet have many publications available in our language. I hope to be involved in translating and writing new books for our people.

What is your ministry?

I am a scientist by profession, but have been actively involved in church leadership roles since I became a Christian 30 years ago. I have led evangelistic camps, served as a pastor, and have been treasurer for the National Board of Baptist Churches in Poland. I am leading Hevelius Forum for Dialog between Science and Religion in Gdansk. We have Bible studies in our Institute and we organize lectures for those interested in scientific apologetic, I lecture at universities and Christian conferences. I provide material for Christian television in Poland.

Konrad Buzala|| forum funded ::

Konrad Buzala|| forum funded ::

Country:
Poland

Occupation:
Student

Forum Network:
Theologians

Ministry Focus:
Apologetics

When did you trust Christ?

I was born and raised in a Roman Catholic family. I was a devout child, but with no deep understanding of the faith delivered to me by my parents. After receiving my confirmation I was disappointed because I did not notice any change within me. I was also realizing my sinfulness and guilt, which could not be erased by confession and penance. This was the beginning of the process that ultimately distanced me from Christianity of any kind. I felt an emptiness that could not be filled with anything. I turned to esotericism, Eastern meditation, and conspiracy theories. One of them was really strange and it was about the Roman Catholic Church as the Great Harlot from the Book of Revelation. It was interesting because I thought that it was impossible to turn the Bible against the Catholic Church. I was convinced that the Bible was the Church’s book. Vain and unbelieving curiosity brought me to read the Book of Revelation and then I decided to read the rest of the New Testament. I found that it really spoke to me personally. It responded to my deep needs and desperate desires. The Pauline Epistles gave me the remedy for my internal sinfulness and my fear of God’s wrath associated with my guilt. I discovered the Gospel of the salvation by grace alone through faith alone, based on my Savior’s perfect sacrifice and merit alone.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

Paradoxically, my faith has been stabilized by trials. The last two years have been hard for me, but in every situation without a solution I have turned to Christ again and again so that I could find true peace.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

I think that every lecture on apologetics or related to the Reformation’s conflict with Rome will benefit my ministry. At the Forum I will also make contacts and meet people who can help me in what I plan to do in ministry, especially regarding a book I would like to write. I am a Polish student, so Christian books and materials from the U.K. and the U.S. are really expansive, but the great advantage of the Forum is that there is an opportunity to buy such books at a lower price. This is a huge blessing.

What is your ministry?

I am organizing workshops in apologetics with my pastor and we want to continue developing this project. My main field of study is apologetics related to Roman Catholicism, while my pastor is interested in philosophical debate with atheists and agnostics. I have also prepared my first sermons and sometimes I lead the Bible studies at the Christian student meetings, which it seems I will do more frequently in the coming year. When it comes to the Internet ministry, I am a moderator of a Polish Protestant web forum: http://forum.protestanci.info/

What are your past leadership roles?

The record of my past leadership roles is not very long. I am still a student preparing himself for the ministry by continual learning and taking small steps to broaden my ministry field.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I believe that there is a need for genuine, academic, and well-prepared Protestant apologetics in our Roman Catholic country. There are almost no meaningful books on such topics, so my dream is to write one to equip pastors, ministers, and those who are willing to engage Catholics with the Gospel. Continuing and expanding our apologetics workshops in Torun would spread the Reformation message in Poland, which is strictly a Counter-Reformation country.

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