Dominik Svitel|| needs YRM funding ::

Dominik Svitel|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Slovakia

Occupation:
Christian Ministry

Ministry Focus:
Children and/or Youth

What is your ministry?

I oversee two youth group ministries. One ministry is in my church but because of Covid, it is very limited now. We are unable to meet or stay in touch with our students. The second youth ministry is my work with CRU. This ministry is more developed and consists of ministry to students and young adults. We are doing ministries like sports outreach, book clubs, and youth groups. We also try to support other ministries around Slovakia.


What do you hope to gain from participating?

I think the mentoring program will help me to grow personally and spiritually. I love to learn from new people and from experienced people. I am especially interested in learning what different things people have been doing to adapt to Covid. I think nowadays it is good to invest in people’s individual growth. I have been mentored and have been part of several discipleship groups, so I am very much looking forward to another one. I hope to learn more about the practical ministry that I do, but also to learn some new skills.


What is your leadership role?

I am an elder in my local church. I am also part of the leadership of the CRU organization in Slovakia. I have been doing youth ministry in my church for more than 15 years. I also sometimes preach, and I lead a small group. We try to meet as often as possible, but everything is online these days.


Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I want to receive advice about the vision and direction of our youth ministry. I am faithful to what our plans are, but I would like to be clearer about our end goals. I want to help the youth to become mature Christians.


Peter Pristiak|| needs YRM funding ::

Peter Pristiak|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Slovakia

Occupation:
Christian Ministry

Ministry Focus:
Pastoring and/or Bible Teaching

What is your ministry?

I am the pastor of a small city Brethren (Free Evangelical) church in East Slovakia. This is my third pastoral placement, so I am just starting out, having come here in December of 2020. The church consists of people of all generations. There are quite a lot of single adults, so we do not have many children. The church went through a crisis of leadership prior to my arrival, as the pastor and elders did not understand one another. There is a new group of elders who are quite young – all of them are in their 30s. The church needs to experience deep forgiveness, acceptance, and a fresh start.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I need to have people in my life who can speak honestly and hold me accountable. I hope that the Year-Round Mentoring can be a place for this. Sometimes this kind of networking can be a valuable source of refreshment and community. I am willing to listen to others and through this listening, I hope to understand what the Lord wants me to do. I also see some challenges and weaknesses in my character, temperament, and behavior; I hope that this fellowship will cast a light on my life.

What is your leadership role?

I am a pastor in East Slovakia.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

My task is to build bridges among members of church because of some divisions that took place in recent years. This division was not caused by differences in theology, but by different views of how the church should be organized and led. I need to be sincere and truthful when talking with people, as we need to clarify what we need to put to order. Another task is to help the young elders to become good leaders. I am also trying to prepare some men for preaching ministry.

Marian Kanuch|| needs YRM funding ::

Marian Kanuch|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Slovakia

Occupation:
Christian Ministry

Ministry Focus:
Pastoring and/or Bible Teaching

What is your ministry?

I am serving the body of Christ as a pastor in a Lutheran congregation in Zilina, Slovakia. I have been serving with my wife for 12 years. In our congregation we have four pastors. In our congregation we also have a good group of volunteers and two full time staff: a youth leader and an office administrator. I also serve as a regional leader. I oversee 22 local congregations. I lead local pastors, visit churches, provide pastoral care for pastors, and so on.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

The Year-Round Mentoring program is a great opportunity. I will have the chance to learn from people around me, to listen to how others are trying to revitalize churches, to hear where they are struggling and moving forward, and how they are managing obstacles and challenges. Spending time with other leaders is also very helpful. It will be a place for accountability and for learning from people from different backgrounds who are in different contexts.

What is your leadership role?

I am a pastor in a local congregation and a regional leader. I am focusing on church revitalization in both contexts. Our local congregation has 2,000 members. Many of them are nominal Christians, but it is an active church. The core of the church is healthy and open for fresh renewing. Our local church is pioneering in some things for the current Lutheran context in Slovakia. We are renewing worship services, using media, focusing on discipleship and small groups, and so on. I have also started discussions with 22 local pastors about church revitalization. I can facilitate this discussion because of my leadership role.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

The church in Europe needs to be revitalized. The last year has been challenging with COVID-19. But it was a helpful year in that it moved churches to make some changes. We need to talk more seriously about church in a post COVID era. We have already started the revitalization process in our local church. We have taken some small steps and we are moving forward. COVID has been on the one hand challenging, but on the other hand helpful for revitalization.

Ivan Staron|| forum funded ::

Ivan Staron|| forum funded ::

Country:
Slovakia

Occupation:
Christian Ministry

Ministry Focus:
Discipleship

What is your ministry?

Since 2008, I have led the marriage ministry in Slovakia, which became a non-profit organization in 2013. I am also a member of the board of directors of Marriage Week, a civic organization. Our marriage ministry consists of three areas. The first is a national ministry where we organize motivational weekends for couples. These consist of seventeen lectures organized into 4 to 6 weekends per annum in four levels. In 2010 we were asked to expand and later established this ministry in the Czech Republic. The second aspect of our ministry is the Marriage Week campaign in Slovakia, where I and my wife are members of the national team from its beginning in Slovakia in 2010. Thirdly, we participate in local ministry. In 2017 our organization established a relational and family center in town where my wife and I live. We offer programs for individuals and couples.

When did you trust Christ?

I made my original decision to trust and follow Jesus at the age of 14 at a Baptist conference. I repented of my sin and invited the Lord Jesus Christ to be my Savior and the Lord of my life.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

In the first years of my faith walk, I was influenced by our pastor, who gave me strong pillars of biblical teaching and a love and respect for God’s word. In 2007 my wife and I experienced God ́s calling to do marriage ministry. I was the owner of a small leather and fur company, and God called me through His word to “sell everything you have …….then come back and follow me”. In this ministry, I was led by a pastor and the Intimate Encounters materials. We have been doing marriage ministry in Slovakia and Czech Republic for more than 10 years now. God has taught me to be vulnerable and honest with God, my wife, and my neighbors. In 2015 I was diagnosed with cancer and had the opportunity to know God differently, more personal way. For the last two years, God has invited me to plant a church in our town together with a pastor and a small group of believers.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I expect that both my current marriage ministry, as well as the church plant, will benefit from my attending the European Leadership Forum through my learning new leading skills, making new connections, and receiving new inspiration.

What is your leadership role?

I have been leading my own company for eighteen years. For twenty years, I was the chairman of the elder board in my local church. For one year, I was on the board of directors for the Baptist accommodation facility.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

Healthy marriages are becoming a challenge even in Christian communities. I believe marriage ministry is an important service the church can provide for its members. I also believe it could be an effective mission tool in secular society. People can see specifically how we experience God and His word in our marriage and family.

Ester Staron|| forum funded ::

Ester Staron|| forum funded ::

Country:
Slovakia

Occupation:
Christian Ministry

Ministry Focus:
Discipleship

What is your ministry?

In 2008 I started work with marriage ministry in Slovakia. Beginning in 2013 I have been a member of the board of directors and a member of the board of directors of Marriage Week, a civic organization. Our team organizes motivational weekends (Intimate Encounters) for married couples in the spring and autumn for different denominations in Slovakia. We use tried and tested programs focused on gaining a better understanding of each other’s needs, which results in a new closeness. It is very helpful for improving a good marriage or rebuilding a troubled relationship. In 2009 we brought this ministry to the Czech Republic. Today there is a team of three couples that can organize and lecture at motivational weekends in all four levels. The most important goal is to lead couples to speak openly about their hurts and to be empathetic toward each other so that they can experience oneness in their marriage in all three areas – spirit, soul, and body.

When did you trust Christ?

I made my personal decision to trust and follow Jesus at the age of 11. I was reached through preaching about God ́s love and righteousness. I felt guilty and desperate for acceptance by God and prayed with the pastor and asked God to forgive my sin and for Jesus to come into my life as my Savior and Lord.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

My first steps with God were influenced by our pastor. He inspired me to love God and His word. At home raising little children I felt a deficiency in spiritual growth and found a devotional called “My Utmost for His Highest” by Oswald Chambers where I could go deeper in my relationship with God. During that time, I was also attracted to books by Larry Crabb and Neil T. Anderson to better understand myself and others. In 2005 I was deeply influenced by Intimate Life Ministries and Intimate Encounters by Dr. David and Tereza Ferguson. It influenced our marriage and renewed my relationship with my husband. In 2007 God invited us to end our business of 18 years and follow Him to start marriage ministry in Slovakia. It was a big step into an unknown future and an opportunity to know God as the God of the future. Difficulties with teenage children, the challenge of aging parents, and my husband’s cancer helped me to rely on God and believe that He is in control over my life and the lives of my dearest.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

Through the Forum I hope to be motivated and acquire new skills that would be beneficial for our marriage ministry and our work in church planting. Knowing new people could also be inspirational and beneficial.

What is your leadership role?

Together with my husband we led our own fur and leather company. I also established and led women ́s mission groups in our local church.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

Loving God and loving each other is the greatest command. These two relationships impact each other. Without a healthy relationship with my marital partner, our closest neighbor, I am not able to have a healthy relationship with God, and vise-versa. I feel the importance of working with couples and sharing with them God ́s principles for relationships and to experience the truth of the Bible in their marriage. Their marriage can bring glory to the Lord and bring healthy relationships to the church and to the world.

Ester Jankovicova|| forum funded ::

Ester Jankovicova|| forum funded ::

Country:
Slovakia

Occupation:
Christian Ministry

Ministry Focus:
Counseling

What is your ministry?

On a weekly basis, I do marriage counseling, personal coaching and mentoring, and lead a small group Bible study. Seasonally I teach at marriage enrichment weekends, womeńs conferences, and workshops, and I am a guest on Christian radio programs. Having lost two husbands to cancer (in 2014 and 2019) I have now started a grieving ministry as well.

When did you trust Christ?

I made my original decision to trust and follow Jesus at the age of 12. This was during a church meeting with a pastor from the United States. During Communism, in a crowded church, God spoke to my heart very clearly that I was a sinner and I needed to have a personal relationship with Him. Since then I have been in a life-long relationship with God, walking in His Spirit.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

During Communism, several lay church volunteers showed no fear for their faith, which clearly defined what and why they believed. My father was one of them. I saw their love and passion for the Lord. As a teenager, I wanted such faith. I also had several strong women who were my mentors and who trained me in inductive Bible study, spiritual disciplines, and spiritual growth.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I pray that God would build my personal faith and restore my body, soul and spirit. I need a season to receive instead of being focused on the people I serve. I will be refreshed and inspired in my ministry through God ́s Word and other people as they share their stories, lives, ministries, serving methods, and messages.

What is your leadership role?

As a pastor ́s wife for 28 years I was involved in many ministries, including children ́s ministry, youth ministry, choir, small group Bible studies, and holistic community projects, most of which were pioneered by my husband and me. I founded a women’s ministry in Slovakia based on the New Life in Christ concept. I founded a discipleship program for training female leaders. Four years ago, I founded and began to lead an evangelism and discipleship program for youth called Fusion (Josiah Venture ministries) in Bratislava. I started two Al-Anon groups and I have been part of them for 17 years.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I am a pioneer. When I learn something, I actively search for ways to use what I have learned and to pass it on. I believe in discipleship. My ministry will benefit as I find inspiration and new ideas.

Jozef Budac|| forum funded ::

Jozef Budac|| forum funded ::

Country:
Slovakia

Occupation:
Christian Ministry—Christian Organization

Forum Network:
Bible Teachers and Preachers

Ministry Focus:
University Students

Jozef Budac is the director of the In-Life student ministry in Bratislava.

When did you trust Christ?

It was during the second half of the year 2008, which was my fourth year of university studies. I was really depressed at that time in my life. I didn’t have any direction in my life. I wanted to have good friendships and a relationship with a girl, but didn’t have those things, and I had lost all meaning in my life. I thought about taking my life because I could not find any reason to live. At my worst moment I stood on a railway track and waited for a train. But the train didn’t come. That evening I prayed to God: “If you can show me meaning for my life, it is yours. I don’t have any meaning for myself.” Within three months I had met people from the Integrity Life (now In-Life) student ministry. They shared the good news with me and showed me that God has meaning and purpose for my life, and that He can use me in this world for many good things. When I realized that this was the answer to my prayer, I decided to trust Jesus and follow Him wherever He might send me.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

The first such moment was when I met people from In-Life and they started to lead me to Christ. This helped me (and is still helping me) to build the foundations of my faith. The second such moment was when I moved from my apartment, where I lived with my friends who were unbelievers, to an apartment with believers from In-Life. In that first apartment were many ungodly, sinful influences. After I moved, my life changed and I started to become more involved in ministry. The third moment was my decision to leave Brno and join a group of five people who were moving to Bratislava to start a new In-Life ministry there. I had to leave many good things in Brno, but it was a great decision. I learned a lot. One of the big things was that I saw how God can use one person in the ministry, and when I am active, how big that impact can be.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

The Forum has helped me to gain good biblical knowledge and has taught me how to lead in ministry. Through the Forum I can become a better leader and become a better member of our ministry team.

What is your ministry?

In-Life’s ministry focuses on university students in Czech Republic and Slovakia. Our ministry reached 10,000 students last year. I am the director of the In-Life ministry in Bratislava. I am responsible for leading the ministry here and also for leading a team of students. I give talks for believers and for unbelievers. I also disciple students involved in our ministry.

What are your past leadership roles?

I was a supervisor in my secular, programming job, where I was responsible for projects and a team of people. In the ministry of In-Life, I was one of five people responsible for students in the city of Brno.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I believe that God is calling me to disciple others. He is continually bringing me in contact with young men who need to be mentored and taught. This is the desire of my heart. God gave me the vision of bringing up 100 leaders, who will themselves go on to disciple and lead others. I believe this could have a big impact on Slovakia.

Roman Balint|| forum funded ::

Roman Balint|| forum funded ::

Country:
Slovakia

Occupation:
Christian Ministry – Pastoring/Church Planter

Forum Network:
Church Life, Leadership, and Planting

Ministry Focus:
Church Planting

Roman Balint is a church planter in Slovakia.

When did you trust Christ?

I became a believer in 2001, at the age of 16. After struggling with social anxiety and drug addiction, I met believers during an English camp in my hometown, through a Baptist church that partnered with American missionaries. After spending two weeks with them and hearing their testimonies, I gave my life to Jesus. I have been living a life of trust and faith in Him since that day.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

The biggest impact on my Christian walk was being discipled by a mentor and several other believers. Being able to see their walk of faith along with the opportunity to ask questions of them helped me to grow greatly in my faith. Another defining moment was being called back to my hometown to plant a church where there was no Protestant church. God also called me and my wife to become foster parents. It has been five years since that day; we have grown a lot.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

I anticipate that the Forum will help me grow in skills such as communication, vision casting, persuasively communicating the Gospel, and disciple-making. I am a church planter, so learning about church planting will also be incredibly beneficial for me.

What is your ministry?

I am a church planter in a small town of 12,000 people. I meet with 15-20 people on a weekly basis to disciple them and with others to share the Gospel. I regularly preach and lead two small groups. I also assist in my home church, where I also preach; the attendance there is about 100 people.

What are your past leadership roles?

I have been the leader of several small groups, a youth leader, a teacher, and a vision leader in music ministry.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I believe the biggest commandment Jesus left us is to make disciples and to take the Gospel as far as we can. I am trying to build my life around that command.

Dominik Svitel|| forum funded ::

Dominik Svitel|| forum funded ::

Country:
Slovakia

Occupation:
Christian Ministry – Other

Forum Network:
Youth Ministry Leaders

Ministry Focus:
Children and/or Youth

Dominik Svitel is a youth leader in Slovakia.

When did you trust Christ?

I grew up in an orphanage beginning at age four. From age eight to fifteen I attended the Catholic church on Sundays. A group from the Mission to the World organization visited our orphanage and would spend time with us and invited us to their church. I have always been interested in God and really enjoyed hearing the Gospel clearly and boldly. Becoming a believer was more of a process for me and not a one-day event. It all happened between my 15th and 18th year.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

Every year I look back and see God at work in me and my growing dependence on Him. One strong defining moment was the first time I preached. It is still a blessed moment. I have mentored a couple of men throughout the years and I’m very thankful I had an opportunity to influence their lives. During the summer we organize camps and see God’s work. I am inspired to see teenagers moved by the word and Spirit. Two teenagers became believers through my sharing the Gospel with them. And, last but not least, I enjoy seeing how God is taking care of my ministry. I have been with CRU for six years and I love to focus all my time for Gods’ kingdom.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

I hope to be inspired by what I hear and learn and by meeting new people. Hopefully I can make some connections to partner with other churches and organizations.

What is your ministry?

I am from Trnava, Slovakia, and I work for an organization called Athletes in Action. We develop sports potential in kids and teenagers in order to build platforms to share the Gospel.

What are your past leadership roles?

I have had a few leadership roles. I am currently part of a strategic team for the vision of our church and lead youth ministry for teenagers. Also, I am co-leading our home group. In the past I have organized camps and mission trips to other countries.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I would like to gain as much as possible and take all the good opportunities for spiritual and ministry growth back to those I serve in my country.

Tomas Matocha|| forum funded ::

Tomas Matocha|| forum funded ::

Country:
Slovakia

Occupation:
Christian Ministry – Pastoring/Church Planting

Forum Network:
Bible Teachers and Preachers

Ministry Focus:
Pastoring and/or Bible Teaching

Tomas Matocha is an assistant pastor in Slovakia.

When did you trust Christ?

I grew up in a Christian home but my first decision to trust and follow Jesus was made at a Christian summer camp when I was about 12 years old. When I was 22, following a period of internal unrest, I suddenly saw myself as utterly selfish and self-consumed. Then and there, in fear of any possible hidden compromise, I repented of all my sin and gave all of me – my skills, my ambitions, my life plans and dreams – to God. From then on, what God says goes since He deserves my complete obedience and devotion.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

In December 2013, I experienced hunger for God and sought direction for my life. God answered and called me to be one of His servants to bring the Gospel to this generation. I applied to study evangelical theology at the University of Matej Bel in Banska Bystrica, Slovakia. It was during my studies that I grew very close to the local Baptist church, and my wife and I ended up house-sharing with the local Baptist pastor. During the last year of my master’s program I had some doubts about becoming a pastor. After more than four months in the ministry, I clearly recognize this was the right decision. I have been growing in my relationship with God and fell in love with His church. Together with my wife, we see our place.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

I expect the European Leadership Forum to benefit my ministry in two ways: tools and contacts. The training will introduce me to new methods of doing ministry. I am keen to learn new skills and improve the ones I have in order to improve my effectiveness. At the same time, I am always encouraged to see others striving for the same goal – advancing His kingdom. I would like to meet Christians who work and are interested in the same ministries I am, namely, preaching, Bible teaching, and church revitalization. I expect to establish not only contacts for future cooperation, but also relationships with my brothers and sisters so that we benefit from each other as members of Christ’s body.

What is your ministry?

As an assistant preacher, I preach two or three times a month. I lead a weekly Bible study, provide pastoral care for the members of our church, disciple one young man and a young couple considering marriage. I actively participate in leading weekly youth meetings.

What are your past leadership roles?

I have some leadership experience from my service in Royal Rangers, the ministry in the church I grew up in. That included helping prepare weekly meeting activities, games, devotions, etc., for children. I also participated in the preparation and execution of several summer camps. During my theology studies, I organized a group of younger fellow students to serve with music and preaching in a local prison.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

By the grace of God, I demonstrated my devotion, diligence, and perseverance when I left my good-paying job and finished a summa cum laude, five-year-long, master’s program in evangelical theology. Despite many hardships along the way and with the support of my devoted wife and church family, I am now preparing to become an ordained pastor. Investing in my training will enable me to work more effectively and benefit the church.

Miroslav Balala|| forum funded ::

Miroslav Balala|| forum funded ::

Country:
Slovakia

Occupation:
Christian Ministry—Evangelism

Forum Network:
Bible Teachers and Preachers

Ministry Focus:
Children and/or Youth

Miroslav Balala is a youth pastor and co-leads an outreach program and camps for high school students.

When did you trust Christ?

I made the decision to become a follower of Jesus during the winter of 2010. Up until that time I had thought that my attempts to live a good life according to my moral standards would be enough to ensure me a “place in heaven.” But in September of 2010 I met a group of young Christians in Žilina, the town I was born in. I was shocked by the love I saw in their community. I started spending more time with them and I started to read the Bible with them during youth group meetings. Several people from the youth group spent many hours with me discussing God, kindly responding to my questions, and showing me love I had never felt in any other community. After the gospel soaked into my life, I understood that all my attempts to live a moral life fell short because I was isolated from God. I could only be rescued by trusting Jesus and inviting Him into my life as my Savior and Lord.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

One of the most defining moments of my Christian walk was when a youth pastor in Žilina invited me to be part of a youth group team in 2011. I was also asked to co-lead a small group, in which I helped with Bible teaching, led the discussions, and spent time with high school students. The youth pastor guided me and mentored me from the beginning of my Christian walk. He continued to be my mentor as I grew in Christ. Two other important and challenging moments were when I became a husband and later when I became a leader of a youth group in Levice.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

I expect that I will be able to grow in my ability to teach and preach the Bible to the young people I serve so that I can help them see who God is in a way they will understand. I want to grow in understanding the Bible and to preach it more faithfully and with better clarity. I am currently part of a year-long mentoring program for Bible teachers and preachers as well, so I would like to grow even more in my understanding and communicating the Bible during the Forum.

What is your ministry?

Since 2017, I have been a youth pastor for high school students. Throughout the school year I also co-lead Fusion, an outreach project focused on relationships using music as a tool. I also co-lead KECY camps (a summer music/sports outreach camp for high school students).

What are your past leadership roles?

From 2011-2016, I was a member of a youth group team in Žilina and I led worship for three years. Then, after getting married and moving to Levice in the summer of 2016, I became a youth pastor. I also led worship in Levice for two years.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I believe that the Lord called me to His mission among the young people in Levice. He has given me a passion to learn and understand His Word deeply and to teach young people to understand it, too. I would love to grow in these areas. I believe that in the end the Lord is the one who is glorified and magnified through this.

Adrian Marusak|| forum funded ::

Adrian Marusak|| forum funded ::

Country:
Slovakia

Occupation:
Christian Ministry—Evangelism

Forum Network:
Evangelism

Ministry Focus:
Children and/or Youth

Adrian Marusak is the leader of KECY English Immersion Camps in Slovakia.

When did you trust Christ?

In 2012 I attended a KECY English Immersion Camp thinking it would be a fun thing to do in the summer. At that camp I heard the Gospel for the first time. I didn’t immediately believe, but it raised a lot of questions for me. One thing I was sure about was that the love the people at the camp showed towards me was really different from what I knew from other Christians I had met. I thought that if there really was some kind of God who loved us, then those people surely knew Him. A few months later, I attended a winter camp that was run by the same group. At that second camp I finally trusted Christ. Later I started to realize more and more how good God is and what it actually means to trust in Him.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

After my decision to follow Jesus, I started to meet together in a small group led by one of the leaders from the church. We studied the Bible more deeply and learned about discipleship. This had a huge impact on my walk with Christ. I would also say that situations that were extremely hard in the moment have been the times that God has used to make me grow the most, whether it was losing a great friend or struggling through seasons of doubt.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

I hope to learn how to be a better leader and also to meet people from other parts of Europe leading similar ministries. I believe that when the leader gets better the whole organization gets better, so I think anything I grow in can have a direct impact on the entire ministry I am part of.

What is your ministry?

I lead KECY English Immersion camps. These are the same camps that led me to the Lord. The camp process starts with one camp week during the summer where our main purpose is to get to know the students more and to share the Gospel with them. Then throughout the summer we are doing “follow ups” with them to immerse them in youth groups and other student activities. During the school year we go deeper with the students through youth groups and small groups.

What are your past leadership roles?

I have been the leader of a worship team responsible for doing worship evenings a few times a year and also playing songs at Sunday services. I also led worship in KECY camps.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I have really seen God change lives through the ministry I am part of, including my own life. That is the reason why I keep being part of this ministry and why I love doing it. However, I am still a young leader, so there are many areas where I have room to grow.

Tomas Henzel|| forum funded ::

Tomas Henzel|| forum funded ::

Country:
Slovakia

Occupation:
Health/Medicine

Forum Network:
Evangelism

Ministry Focus:
Pastoring and/or Bible Teaching

Tomas Henzel is a medical doctor, pastor, and church planter.

When did you trust Christ?

In 1997 during a church evangelism conference I realized that I am a sinner and needed to personally accept Christ as my Savior, even though I had grown up in a Christian home. At that time, I entrusted my whole life to Jesus Christ as my Savior and Lord.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

Growing up in a Christian home certainly had a role in defining my walk with Christ. Being a part of a student discipleship group formed by my youth minister also had a profound impact on my faith. Another incredibly important defining moment for me was the year I spent as a missionary in Tanzania, from 2003-2004. During this time, I helped in a medical center and led a boy’s group in a church plant.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

The European Leadership Forum has definitely been a great help and encouragement for me. I want to be faithful as a Christian leader. The Forum has shown me how to do this. In Slovakia we very much lack the understanding that as Christians we are responsible for our society and culture. The Forum has given me insights into how to reflect the character of Christ to our culture. The Forum helped me, for example, to organize the first ever Slovakian mission youth conference. The possibilities for the fruitfulness of such things are endless. Without the support, help, and resources from the Forum, I would not have been able to put together something that seemed so vast. I believe, however, that it will change the future of Slovakia.

What is your ministry?

I am a church planter in Bratislava since the summer of 2018 after planting a church in Nitra. I work as a bi-vocational pastor and medical doctor. I lead a national church planting network called PLANt.sk.

What are your past leadership roles?

I was previously a youth leader in my church, responsible for 30 teenagers aged 16-18. In addition to weekly meetings I organized small group Bible studies and summer evangelistic camps and mission activities. I also traveled to other Slovakian churches and spoke to the youth about the role of missions in their lives.

In addition to working with youth, I also use medical school as an opportunity to witness and evangelize. I am currently part of a Christian Medical Group that encourages and supports one another as we are Christians in a secular field.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I’m grateful to all who make it possible for me to come to this encouraging, supportive, mission-focused event. Thank you for giving generously to minister to me in this way. You have given me an example of the certainty that all one has is God’s. May you find satisfaction in God’s house.

Tomas Sklars|| forum funded ::

Tomas Sklars|| forum funded ::

Country:
Slovakia

Occupation:
Christian Ministry—Christian Organization

Forum Network:
Bible Teachers and Preachers

Ministry Focus:
Children and/or Youth

Tomas Sklars works for INSIDE, a ministry that disciples youth. He is also a small group leader and youth group leader.

When did you trust Christ?

I became a Christian in 2011. It was at my first weekend camp. Previous to this I had attended a confirmation class and taken religion classes at Lutheran middle and high school. However, this was the time when all the knowledge I had accumulated over the years started to make sense. I was touched Revelation 3:15 and I realized it made no sense for me to just believe in the existence of God. I had to make a choice whether I wanted to live for Him. I decided to enter into a relationship with Christ and go all in for the Lord.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

During my first year as a Christian, I grew a lot in my youth group. Leaders invested in me through a small group focuses on apologetics, which helped me to understand why I believed what I did. Slowly, I started to get involved in other things, like a youth group at my school. Later, I was invited to join the leadership team of my own youth group. During those years I led two English camps, studied theology and youth ministry at Zilinska Univerzita, and started to serve in the INSIDE ministry, which I lead today as a full-time youth ministry coordinator for Bratislava region. All these opportunities formed my walk with Christ.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

I love learning new things and throughout my life I have learned how much impact in inspiring conference can have. At the Forum I have had some amazing opportunities to meet a lot of new people, which I believe will open up doors for future cooperation. Being part of a network on church planting, I will hopefully also be able to start conversations in my church about how we might plant more churches in the future. I am also a youth group leader in my local church, which I have led since 2013. Besides this, I lead two small groups and teach religion in local elementary schools.

What is your ministry?

The INSIDE ministry is a regional ministry focused on bringing the gospel message to youth and helping them grow in their faith. We prepare missional activities – weekend camps, summer camp, and one-day activities like sports days. We create a network of volunteers serving in local churches and cooperate with them on a regional level. We also equip volunteers to be able to serve better.

What are your past leadership roles?

I have previously been an English camp leader.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I believe that I am a fast learner and I am not afraid to try new things and new adventures in ministry, which might further increase the impact of this investment. I believe the ministry I am part of has a huge impact on the lives of teenagers and the lives of local churches.

Marek Tomasovic|| forum funded ::

Marek Tomasovic|| forum funded ::

Country:
Slovakia

Occupation:
Christian Ministry—Pastoring/Church Planting

Forum Network:
Bible Teachers and Preachers

Ministry Focus:
Pastoring and/or Bible Teaching

Marek Tomasovic is an assistant pastor.

When did you trust Christ?

It was at a Christian camp in the summer of 2007. I was praying and, for the first time, I felt like God is really there and listening to me. And I felt His presence right there next to me. That was the beginning of my relationship with Jesus.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

I think that the way that others impacted my faith was through their own relationship with Jesus and me seeing their lives and their living faith. And then of course situations in my life where God was working and teaching me lessons (like when I gave up a job so I could do ministry and God miraculously took care of me financially). Or when I was struggling with a sin that I was not able to defeat but He was still there waiting for me to come and to restore my soul and give me more strength to keep fighting and I finally won the fight (He taught me that He is faithful and He is still there for me despite what I have done). And one of the biggest things I see is that God was taking care of me long before I became a Christian and preparing me to accept Him when the time came.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

The Forum has always been a place for me where I find encouragement, gain new skills, find new resources, and make new friends from the fellow servants in the ministry. It is hard to overstate the impact the Forum has had on my life and my ministry over the last few years. To be able to experience it again, to make new friends, find encouragement, gain new resources, and meet people who are passionate and hopeful about the Gospel in Europe – it’s something I just want to be a part of.

What is your ministry?

My main current ministry focus is towards preaching and leading. Together with my wife and other single man we lead one of three missional communities in our church, which provides more of discipling and counselling opportunities. Since the spring of 2016, I’ve been part of the church staff as an assistant pastor in training. Besides this, I am involved and the wider youth ministry of my denomination where I am one of the main speakers and seminar teachers. A few times I’ve had the privilege to speak at Josiah Venture’s National Youth Conference in Slovakia.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

Being able to have fellowship with Christians from all around Europe is an invaluable aid. Being able to talk with different people and hear their opinions and ideas to my situation (and vice versa) is a rare and great thing.

Ben Uhrin|| forum funded ::

Ben Uhrin|| forum funded ::

Country:
Slovakia

Occupation:
Christian Ministry—Pastoring/Church Planting

Forum Network:
Organizational Development

Ministry Focus:
Pastoring and/or Bible Teaching

Ben Uhrin is the the President of the Slovak Baptist Union.

When did you trust Christ?

I grew up in a Christian home and I made decision to follow the Lord at the age of 10 at a youth camp. My decision has been challenged many times since, but by the grace of Lord I daily give my life to Him to be used for the sake of His kingdom.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

After my baptism in early youth another important time was when I felt the call to the ministry and I applied to study theology. Those years at seminary were a blessing to me. Two U.S. missionaries I worked with as a student influenced my life by believing and investing in me – their encouragement, time, mentoring, and prayers were of great importance. My wife is another blessing and encouragement for my life and ministry. My trips to the U.S. were a gift from God. I always met the right people to help me to move the next step.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

The Forum has greatly enhanced my understanding of various areas of life and ministry. I was able to buy many books that I use regularly in my ministry, and I can’t imagine how I would work otherwise. I hope to return to the Forum to be challenged, equipped, and encouraged for the future.

What is your ministry?

Since June 2018 I am the full time President of the Slovak Baptist Union. I lead the church planting support team and I created and lead the Slovak national M4 team. I coach one of our church plants, and visit churches and pastors. I develop ministry teams and networks.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

Several years ago I went through a period where I heard about leadership from every side. I was afraid to listen to all of it, thinking that I would not be able to be the one to take up the call of leadership. But I knew deep down that God wanted me to be a leader. Since then I have already gained some knowledge and insights into leadership, but I know I must learn more if I am to fulfill what God has called me to. Attending the Forum has helped me in fulfilling this call because of the people, training and resources that are available for me to use and learn from. Through these things, with hard work and perseverance, I believe I can achieve what I am called to do.

Natalia Luptakova|| forum funded ::

Natalia Luptakova|| forum funded ::

Country:
Slovakia

Occupation:
Christian Ministry—Christian Organization

Forum Network:
Disciple-Making Leaders

Ministry Focus:
Education and/or Training

Natalia Luptakova is the National Director of the Scripture Union of Slovakia.

When did you trust Christ?

I made my public decision as a child of 11 years of age during an evangelistic meeting in my church. I confessed my sins and accepted Jesus as my personal Savior.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

The most important thing for me is growing together with my husband in faith, through all of life’s ups and down. We had a period of time without children and this time was given to us as a time for serving others through publishing ministry. The way I was connected with the Scripture Union ministry was really special to me and I understand it as God’s calling to me for full time ministry to kids and young people. Going through illness and my husband´s unemployment were moments I felt God´s presence and assurance that He provides, and that He acts in His time and in His way.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

When working with young people, you need to be on the cutting edge. You need to be aware of new trends that will come and to be prepared for them. I believe that the Forum is a place to hear, to be enriched, and to be encouraged for ministry among young people. I want to connect with people who are struggling with the same questions as me and who strive for close relationships with God.

What is your ministry?

The focus of Scripture Union’s ministry is to encourage people to be engaged with the Bible. We are doing this through Toddlers and Mum group, kid’s clubs, training volunteers, camps, and literature. Our main focus now is to encourage parents to read the Bible with their kids. Through publishing a book called “Big Bible Challenge” and having a website for the book, we are providing resources, training, and workshops on how to read the Bible with kids. A very important part of our ministry is regular training for young volunteers from age 15. Each year we have new applicants for training and volunteering in summer activities.

What are your past leadership roles?

I was part of a team in my church working with teenagers. For about 15 years I have developed Toddlers and Mum groups, produced written materials, trained others, and planted new groups in my area. I also led a small team writing curriculum for religious education for a Christian school.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

There is a whole new generation of young people who are asking questions, a lot of them coming from formal Christian families and they are hungry to hear about Truth. And I feel I need help in helping them. There is always space to grow, and sometimes I forget to invest in myself when caring about others and helping them grow. On the other hand, maybe there will be someone who could benefit from my experience.

Mark Abrman|| forum funded ::

Mark Abrman|| forum funded ::

Country:
Slovakia

Occupation:
Christian Ministry—Pastoring/Church Planting

Forum Network:
Youth Ministry

Ministry Focus:
Children and/or Youth

Mark Abrman is the young minister in his local church and teaches at a school for youth leaders.

When did you trust Christ?

I grew up in a Christian family. My dad was, and still is, a missionary and a pastor. My parents taught me about Jesus from as far back as I can remember. When I was six-years-old, I made the decision to accept God’s gift of salvation through Jesus Christ.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

I gave my life to Jesus at the age of six, but I rededicated my life to God at age 13. At that time I started to actually read my Bible and pray. I may this recommitment at a youth camp after I heard a sermon about how God wants to use us and be the Lord of our lives. I knew that God had saved me, but that He really wasn’t my Lord. I realized that if I want to be used by Him, I need to let Him use me and to have control of my life. After I graduated high school I went to the Word of Life Bible Institute in Hungary, planning to get my degree in economics after the two years of study. God changed my heart, though, and during my studies there I felt His calling to full time ministry. Since then I had been commissioned into the ministry, ordained, and have become the youth pastor at the local church where I live. All throughout the years I have had people who have influenced me and helped me to make the right decisions, including my parents, leaders in the church, teachers, and mentors.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

I believe the Forum will help me learn truths about God, His character, and His works. I will be inspired in the mission field. I will learn practical skills, methodology, and tactics. I will gain resources that will be beneficial to me and those I serve. I will meet other people in ministry who will remain friends even after the Forum.

What is your ministry?

I am the leader of the youth ministry at our local church, but this ministry extends to youth from other parts of the country through various events and camps. I teach at a youth leaders’ training school where I lead and help youth leaders from all over Slovakia to be more effective in their local ministries. I also act as the pastor at my church in the main pastor is not there.

What are your past leadership roles?

My first leadership role involved leading small groups at camps when I was a teenager, being a counselor and the leader of the counselors at various camps in Slovakia and Czech Republic. I later became the director of summer camps at our church. Starting in my second year in collage I would lead one or more young men in their walks with Christ as a mentor, encouraging and challenging them. Sometimes I would lead small groups as well.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I am eager to learn. I am young and the sooner I learn the longer will I be able to implement this knowledge in my ministry. I have a sphere of influence with hundreds of people in Slovakia and other central European countries due to my work with youth.

Ivan Fink|| forum funded ::

Ivan Fink|| forum funded ::

Country:
Slovakia

Occupation:
Student

Forum Network:
Church Revitalisation

Ministry Focus:
Education and/or Training

Ivan Fink is a full-time student at Evangelical Theology Faculty and helps to counsel and minister to people fighting substance abuse.

When did you trust Christ?

I made my original decision to follow Christ in December of 1999, in the Teen Challenge rehab center where I was looking for a solution to my drug addiction. When I gave my life to Christ it completely changed my life. God gave me freedom and hope I had never had. He also gave meaning to my life, put faith into my heart, and granted me a new life that I enjoy living even to this day.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

I was in the Teen Challenge program from 1999-2001, where I first started to read the Bible and pray. Every day we had quiet time, worship services, Bible studies, and individual lessons where we learned how to apply biblical truths practically in our lives. This helped me to understand the Bible, Christianity, and to meet God personally. Later, in 2011, I joined Evangelical Theology Faculty in Banska Bystrica, where I am a student today. This school has given me new perspectives on the church, Christianity and Christian ministry.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

The Forum provides everything necessary for my ministry. It helps me to grow and to be more efficient as a leader. It is also a place where I feel at home, among family. It is a place where I can recharge my batteries and find inspiration to grow and be more efficient in my ministry when I come back to my country. Although I study theology, I find the Forum extremely theologically nourishing, and I just feel that I grow as a church leader in general because of it.

What is your ministry?

Because of my background, I often serve people that face addictions and crises in life. I do counseling and pastoral care. Besides that, I am a preacher in the International Baptist Church of Bratislava, and I also help my pastor in Banska Bystrica with Bible studies, preaching, and so on. I am also a co-leader of the men’s group that we have in the church and part of the mission team. I am also a theology student.

What are your past leadership roles?

My past leadership roles have been different, and varied in accordance to the actual needs of the church. I was a mission team leader when we had been doing international missions in Serbia. I was also one of the leaders in our Roma mission trips, where I would be one of the speakers.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

My ministry is a combination of two components: biblical truths and theoretical knowledge on one side, and life experience and understanding on the other. In my ministry I try to combine the two, so that I can understand people through love and acceptance, and then offer Christ and His Word as the ultimate solution. I have found that people accept the solution offered much more easily when I tell them how I have been in a similar situation myself.

Marian Kanuch|| forum funded ::

Marian Kanuch|| forum funded ::

Country:
Slovakia

Occupation:
Christian Ministry—Pastoring/Church Planting

Forum Network:
Church Revitalization

Ministry Focus:
Pastoring and/or Bible Teaching

Marian Kanuch is a pastor in Zilina, Slovakia, and a PhD student.

When did you trust Christ?

I turned to Christ at a youth conference when I was 16-years-old.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

My pastor encouraged me to study Theology and I then took a summer internship at a Lutheran church in Reading, Pennsylvania, in the U.S. in 2003. I was also affected by reading Rick Warren’s book, “The Purpose Driven Church.”

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

Every leader needs to grow in his ministry, faith, skills, abilities, and relationships. The Forum prepares me to confront contemporary challenges and provides me with accountability. The Forum is a great opportunity for spiritual and personal growth. It is a place to grow spiritually, to connect with other leaders, to gain a deeper understanding of our faith, and to receive encouragement. It is the best tool available to me to improve my leadership skills. It is a great place to network with other believers and to form new relationships with other Christian leaders. Every year I invite other leaders from my church and my area to attend the Forum, so that they can receive excellent training. The Forum also has a great bookstore where I am able to purchase excellent books at a discounted price.

What is your ministry?

I am a Lutheran pastor in Zilina, Slovakia, to a congregation of more than 2,000 people. My responsibilities include preaching, teaching, pastoral care, and more. I am also the vice bishop for our denomination in the East district. I oversee 22 local congregations – almost 30,000 people. In May of 2018 I finished my PhD studies at the Lutheran Seminary Bratislava on the topic of “Planting New Churches as a Challenge for Lutheran Missiology.”

Gabriela Gazova|| forum funded ::

Gabriela Gazova|| forum funded ::

Country:
Slovakia

Occupation:
Christian Ministry—University Evangelism

Forum Network:
Bible Teachers and Preachers

Ministry Focus:
University Students

Gabriela Gazova is part of Integrity Life, an organization that ministers to and disciples university students.

When did you trust Christ?

It happened 14 years ago in my room after some two years of attending an evangelical church. I realized that the life I had been living before was just a pretense. I had been trying to do good works without realizing that change had to come from the inside. In my room, that day in the summer, the Holy Spirit compelled me to read the first epistle of John and He showed me my sin. I saw the need to repent since there was no way I could keep living the “good life” on my own.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

After I became a Christian my heart changed. I was able to forgive people who I had hated or disliked for various reasons. After I became a Christian I also made many new believing friends who showed what love and grace is in their willingness to forgive me. They have shown me that my value does not come from what I do or think or how smart I am, but from God’s love toward me. Finally, I have been involved in the ministry of Integrity Life for more than a decade. God has used this ministry to show me that discipleship is crucial in reaching the world with the Gospel. I have been able to learn a lot of practical things there as well, like how to speak in public, how to prepare a devotional, how to lead other people, and so on.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

There are many inspirational speakers at the European Leadership Forum. I hope to have the opportunity to meet speakers who could come to speak at our events for university students. I hope to be trained better in youth work. I also want to encourage others in Eastern Europe by what God has been doing in our ministry.

What is your ministry?

We work with university students in the Czech Republic and now in Slovakia, where I serve. We evangelize and disciple the students using various activities – lectures on topics like time management, the creative arts, the credibility of the Bible, healthy boundaries in relationships, and others. Our aim is for every university city in Czech Republic, Slovakia, and on to have a ministry on campus that would bring the Gospel to the students and disciple them.

What are your past leadership roles?

While I was living in Prague and Brno, I led girls in discipleship small groups. I was responsible for the media promotion of the ministry on Facebook and our website, and was in charge of prayer meetings.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I have been with my current ministry for more than 10 years. I am faithful to the call that I believe was placed in my heart. I love the ministry and what God has been doing through it. God, in His grace and to my joy, has been using me in bringing his lost children to Him and has given me gifts (such as easily becoming friends with young people, public speaking, and a thirst for knowledge) which, I believe, are an important part of drawing others to Christ through our ministry. I am very grateful that there are people who consider supporting somebody who would not be able to afford this conference. I know from my colleagues that it is always a time where they gather a lot of new and interesting information, make new contacts, and find encouragement and ideas for ministry for the future. I would like to be inspired firsthand in this way as well.

Daniel Harcar|| forum funded ::

Daniel Harcar|| forum funded ::

Country:
Slovakia

Occupation:
Christian Ministry—Christian Organization

Forum Network:
Bible Teachers and Preachers

Ministry Focus:
Children and/or Youth

Daniel Harcar is a national leader in Slovakia in a youth ministry organization called Josiah Venture.

When did you trust Christ?

I come from a non-Christian family and I became a believer through English camps in Slovakia 10 ago.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

I want to keep learning about how to lead ministry on a national level. There are not many opportunities to do that in Slovakia.

What is your ministry?

I am serving through Josiah Venture in Slovakia. Josiah Venture is an organization that equips young leaders throughout Central and Eastern Europe to fulfill Christ’s commission through the local church. I serve by leading in this ministry at the national level. My role is to lead key leaders from over 10 different churches and train them to lead camps with the goal of sharing Gospel with unbelieving students. Over the years I have discipled multiple leaders who are now serving in their churches and leading youth groups. In the summer of 2017 we held 11 camps and had 360 students attend who heard the Gospel and were invited to become part of the local church in their town. Before these summer camps I prepared multiple training events for key church leaders and for over 100 of their team members.

What are your past leadership roles?

Before I took on my current role I was a staff worker in Josiah Venture.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I come from a non-Christian family and from post-Communist country, where my parents were not able to learn about faith in Christ. My mom became a believer through my ministry and that is an awesome sign that the whole country is changing, not just the younger generation. I am praying to see revival in Slovakia in every generation.

Jan Henzel|| forum funded ::

Jan Henzel|| forum funded ::

Country:
Slovakia

Occupation:
Education—University

Forum Network:
Theologians

Ministry Focus:
Pastoring and/or Bible Teaching

Jan Henzel is President of his church’s denominational board, the Evangelical Free Church of Slovakia, and a visiting professor at a seminary.

When did you trust Christ?

I accepted Christ in 1969, at the age of 15, during an evangelistic summer camp. My decision was preceded by several months of personal spiritual struggle, during which I was acutely aware of my sinfulness. I knew about Christ’s death for me, but it was only at the camp that I surrendered my life to Him.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

My pastor and predecessor discipled me for several years and helped develop my love for the Bible and sound theological books. In 1972, I applied to study theology, but was not allowed to do so by our Communist state authorities. After that, I was closely watched by the secret police and was unable to receive a promotion at work until the fall of Communism in 1989. In 1992-1993, I was able to complete my first theological degree at London Bible College. In 2001, I completed my PhD in Systematic Theology.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

I have participated in its work for several years because it helps me to keep up to date in recent developments in theology and in the way evangelical theologians may respond to them. The Forum has made it possible for me to make personal contacts with other European theologians. It has helped to widen my horizon within the evangelical movement in Europe, something that I am still working to instill into the thinking and ministry of my denomination, as well as in other churches. Around the world, but in Eastern Europe especially, believers are divided by denomination. It is frustrating as a leader of leaders to know that there are many great Christian men and women in my country with resources and ideas that will spread evangelical thinking, and yet without the Forum I would have never known them. I am now able to unite with other evangelical leaders and spread the Gospel more efficiently and effectively as we work together rather than on our own. I would not be able to say this was happening without the work of the Forum. I want to continue developing all the benefits I mentioned and would like to build and strengthen the connection between great resources provided by the Forum and our needs in Slovakia.

What is your ministry?

As General Secretary of Cirkev Bratska I represent our denomination to other denominations inside and outside of Slovakia and to the state. I also serve on the Theological Committee of the International Federation of Free Evangelical Churches, where I oversee the ordination process of new pastors, organize and teach seminars on expository preaching, and hold an annual conference on Biblical proclamation. I am also a senior lecturer in Christian Ethics and Historical Theology the University of Matej Bel in Banska Bystrica.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I desire to enrich and expand my expositional preaching ministry, not only in my church, but abroad. It is so important for people to focus on what God wants to say to us through His Word rather than focusing on what makes us feel good. I want to be able to serve and teach a wider range of people. By investing in my ministry, you will be able to encourage the integration of Eastern European ministry and theological research into the international Evangelical movement. We as evangelical Christians are called to be agents of hope for Europe.

Jose Calvo|| forum funded ::

Jose Calvo|| forum funded ::

Country:
Slovakia

Occupation:
Christian Ministry—Pastoring/Church Planting

Forum Network:
Church Life, Leadership, and Planting

Ministry Focus:
Children and/or Youth

When did you trust Christ?

When I was 15-years-old I attended a Christian youth camp and realized how much God loved me in spite of my sin and rebellion. I decided in that moment that I wanted to trust Jesus’ sacrifice and follow His plan for my life. I started to serve in church as an usher and helping with cleaning the church building. Eventually I started to help the pastor with some of his office work and to play in the worship band

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

When I was 18-years-old I moved from Mallorca, Spain to Zilina, Slovakia through a European volunteering program. I helped in the local church and got involved in their youth ministry. After that I started to study theology in Slovakia and, as time went by and my language knowledge got better, I became more and more involved in youth leadership and teaching. Both youth leaders in this local church have been really helpful in my development and have been great mentors in my growing in service, faith, and obedience to God’s calling.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

The Forum is a great source of encouragement; I am able to talk to many leaders, pastors, and missionaries from all around Europe and to share experiences, both good and bad. The talks and workshops were also very good to learn more about our faith in practical ways. Finally, the Forum has helped me develop new relationships and networks with leaders in our country and in nearby nations.

What is your ministry?

At the moment I’m transitioning from being youth pastor to becoming an associate pastor of our church as part of a 2-year training program. At the end of the program I will be an ordained pastor. In this new role as associate pastor, I will still help with youth ministry. I will also coach new leaders and volunteers and teach in the church at Sunday gatherings and in our church’s new Bible school.

What are your past leadership roles?

In 2013 I moved to Slovakia and started to serve in the local youth ministry. In 2015 I did a 1-year internship in the church, working mostly with youth leadership and community groups. In 2016 I became the youth leader of our local youth ministry.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

When I was 18-years-old I moved from Spain to Slovakia answering God’s calling to serve him. After a year of volunteering I felt God call me to stay and continue to be part of this local church, where I continue serve. I started studying theology and preparing for full-time ministry. Last year I finished my Bachelor’s Degree and I continue to pursue my Master’s degree despite the language barrier. I love seeing people come to see Christ as the Lord of all creation and following Him as His disciples. I would love to be more effective in this service.

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