Eric Richter|| needs YRM funding ::

Eric Richter|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Spain

Occupation:
Christian Ministry

Ministry Focus:
Pastoring and/or Bible Teaching

What is your ministry?

My current position could be defined as a pastor in training. The current pastor of our church is around 65, and in the next three or four years he is going to retire. My church and my denomination (FIEIDE) support me financially so I can study for a theology degree and do ministry in the church. It is not clear if I will be the next pastor of the church. I could also end up in another church in the same denomination. Within the church, I am part of the pastoral team and a member of the administrative board. I preach and do personal discipleship.


What do you hope to gain from participating?

I expect to learn from experienced pastors to deal with the usual challenges that a new pastor faces, including personal spiritual growth and conforming to the image of Jesus, a healthy balance between family and ministry, growing in my love for church members (especially the difficult ones), developing a God-centered vision for the church, learning to plan for the long-term, and designing a plan to form healthy and mature leaders.


What is your leadership role?

I am a pastor and a theology student. I am also part of a support group for a church in our denomination that has no pastor. I am one of five pastors who take care of the preaching and other pastoral matters for this church.


Why should someone invest in your ministry?

My main challenges right now are my relationship with the current pastor and the lack of mature leaders in the church. Regarding the pastor and I, we used to have a good relationship, but as the years have passed, we see that we have different styles of leadership and fundamental theological differences. We still maintain a cordial relationship, but it is awkward for both of us to spend time together and speak about something meaningful. We care for each other and work together, but I know that things would better if we learned to work out our differences. I also need to learn to work with people with whom I disagree and put into practice a combination of grace and truth.


David Oliver|| needs YRM funding ::

David Oliver|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Spain

Occupation:
Christian Ministry

Ministry Focus:
Pastoring and/or Bible Teaching

What is your ministry?

Twenty years ago, I was invited to help Cru ministries in innovation, starting a journey across Europe and then worldwide to help others developing leadership and innovation. Fifteen years ago, I was invited to an Alpha conference in London and the next month start helping Alpha International in the areas of innovation and media. Ten years ago, I was invited to help replant the church in which I was member, and six years ago I accepted the invitation to be the senior pastor of the church.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

In my current ministry context, 40 to 60% people come from a Catholic background. We need to know how to present the gospel more effectively in this context. We need good biblical answers to issues related to Mariology and idolatry.

What is your leadership role?

I am the Senior Pastor at EPV Church in Sant Cugat del Valles. I am the Spain National Director for Freedom in Christ Ministries and president of Catalonia’s Pastors Association AMEC. I also serve on the boards of different Christian organizations. I am an advisor to Cru Global Church Movements.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

In the different ministries in which I serve, we usually are in contact with people from a Roman Catholic background. Even though we have some shared beliefs, we have difficulties dealing with the authority of the Bible, sacraments, and other such matters. In other cases, rectors approach us to get training to use our materials in their own context and they try to modify or introduce variations to conform to their own doctrine.

David de Lago|| forum funded ::

David de Lago|| forum funded ::

Country:
Spain

Occupation:
Christian Ministry – Christian Organization

Forum Network:
Leaders of Christian Organizations

Ministry Focus:
Ministry Administration and Service

David de Lago is a regional manager in Spain.

When did you trust Christ?

I accepted Christ as my Savior when I was 14 years old. I was in church one Sunday when my pastor shared the Gospel and gave an altar call. I didn’t respond at that moment, but I understood that Jesus paid for every single sin in my life. That night when I was alone in my bed I prayed to God and accepted Jesus Christ’s payment for my sins.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

When I finished Bible College in Spain, I decided to move to Dallas to get an MA in Missiology and Church Planting. I saw God providing for my family the whole time. My faith at that time grew with tremendous power. It was a hard time, but I would do it again if God called me to take such a big step.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

I think the European Leadership Forum will help me to obtain new ideas and connect with other brothers and sisters in Christian leadership in other countries.

What is your ministry?

I am the Regional Manager of SearchforJesus.net in Spain with Decision and Aso. I am also Decision’s Project Manager, where I lead evangelistic campaigns.

What are your past leadership roles?

I was a youth leader for over five years and a worship leader in the church for over five years.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

Every year we reach more than 1,000 people with the Gospel in Spain and around the globe. We saw over 100 people come to Christ this year in Spain. We are young men and women with a passion to share the Good News with our generation.

Ismael Sanchez Cortes|| needs YRM funding ::

Ismael Sanchez Cortes|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Spain

Occupation:
Christian Ministry

Ministry Focus:
Pastoring and/or Bible Teaching

What is your ministry?

I am quite involved in teaching in my ministry in the university and in the church. I deliver seminars, workshops, and evangelistic talks to students in the university. I have also taken some courses on Bible preaching here in Spain as a part of Langham Ministries’ involvement with the Lausanne Movement. I really love preaching. I am aware that I need to improve in so many areas, but I can’t help but enjoy and love it when I preach and teach the Bible.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I would like to keep practicing my preaching skills so I can improve and be a better preacher. I would love to dig deeper into the Bible with people who love Scripture as I do. I think this is a good opportunity to have some fellowship amongst brothers and sisters who find this ministry as interesting and fascinating as I do. I think this could be a good opportunity to share challenges, joys, and learn from each other for the glory of God. I am excited to learn more about preaching and about the Bible.

What is your leadership role?

I work as a staff worker for the IFES movement in Spain, called GBU (Bible university group). This is my seventh year now in this role. I take care of students, equip them to do mission, train them, accompany them, and help them to plan and evaluate the ministry they do in the university context. I usually teach in churches, both in youth groups and to the larger church body. I am an elder in my church, where I frequently preach the Word of the Lord. I am also in charge of preparing the schedule of the preachers in our church. I lead the youth group in my church and train future youth leaders.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I need to improve my applications and the way in which I explain the gospel. I want the gospel to always be present in my preaching, but in a way that does not seem repetitive. I need to improve my sermon preparation process. I need to be more focused and structured. I would like to improve the way in which I connect the Bible with our contemporary world.

Albert Crespo|| needs YRM funding ::

Albert Crespo|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Spain

Occupation:
Bible Teaching

Ministry Focus:
Church Revitalization

What is your ministry?

I am a Hebrew teacher at IBSTE, a seminary that offers a bachelor’s degree in theology with civil equivalence by the Spanish Ministry of Education. I am preparing a new subject for September: the Pentateuch.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I want to understand the differences between the Roman Catholic institution and the people who attend the Catholic church, yet who read the Bible and want to follow Jesus in an authentic way. I want to understand the key points of difference between Catholicism and evangelicalism.

What is your leadership role?

I have been an elder in a Brethren Assemblies church and a full-time worker in the same denomination for 5 years.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I live in Spain, a context with a Catholic background. Although Spain is increasingly becoming less Catholic, especially among young people and in the region of Catalonia, I find myself among people whose understanding of Christianity is equal to that of the Roman Catholic Church. I hope to be able to be fairer in my understanding of Catholicism and to be able to reach out to the people within the Roman Catholic Church to understand them and help them to come to Christ.

Esteban Lozano|| forum funded ::

Esteban Lozano|| forum funded ::

Country:
Spain

Occupation:
Media/Communication

Forum Network:
Pastoral Counselors

Ministry Focus:
Evangelism

Esteban Lozano is the director’s assistant and scriptwriter for an evangelical television program in Spain.

When did you trust Christ?

I was raised in a Christian family. I grew up hearing stories from the Bible, and I believed them intellectually. But it was not until I was 18-years-old that I came to have a relationship with Jesus Christ. I went through some problems at that time that brought me to a saving relationship with Him.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

One of the defining moments was when I was at university when I was 18-years-old. I had a relationship with a girl, but it ended. That brought a lot of pain into my life. Through that period of my life, God taught me to rely on Him, no matter what. He taught me that everything is under His control and that I can rest in Him because of His perfect guidance. Since that time, whenever I struggle, I remember how Christ brought me to peace when I most needed it.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

The Forum encourages and strengthens me to go on with my ministry. Through the Forum I have also gotten to know other believers who are involved in mass media work; we have been able to learn from each other and help each other.

What is your ministry?

I work as a scriptwriter for an evangelical television program that is broadcast every Sunday on Spanish public television. I began doing this work 11 years ago and I gain more responsibility every year. I am also an elder in my local church, where I preach once a month and lead a Bible study group with my wife.

What are your past leadership roles?

I was a youth group leader at my local church in Madrid for 10 years, and a Bible teacher in Christian youth camps.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

Our program, “Good News TV,” is a very useful tool to bring the Christian message to Spanish society. It is important that our show is as good as possible. Therefore, training and resources are important.

Ana Calvo|| forum funded ::

Ana Calvo|| forum funded ::

Country:
Spain

Occupation:
Education—Childhood and Adolescent

Forum Network:
Disciple-Making Leaders

Ministry Focus:
Education and/or Training

When did you trust Christ?

Growing up in a Catholic country in an evangelical home wasn’t easy. My friends from school could not understand when I explained that my father was a “pastor” (they thought he was literally a “shepherd” in the field, which is what the word “pastor” means in Spanish). Very early on in life I had to decide what I thought about my parent’s faith and why we were so different compared to my friends. What was the truth? What about my Catholic friends or my Jehovah’s Witness friends? Who was right? How could a 12-year-old discern the truth? In the midst of my questions, I trusted the God of my parents and who the Bible said He was.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

I think for most of us growth comes when God uses the twisted roads and question marks that often come to our lives. Broken relationships and big changes, like moving to other countries and changing jobs, have helped me to understand how temporary and limited we are as human beings, but also how God has greater ways, purposes and plans than what we might have dreamed of. In my late twenties I attended seminary in the United States and pursued a Master’s degree in Christian Studies. My time at seminary was a wonderful opportunity to deepen in God’s Word and meet extraordinary people who are working all over the world. Life in Europe where Protestantism is not a majority religion is a daily challenge and a hard adventure to be on. My job in FEREDE is a daily challenge, as we work with the four other confessions that have legal cooperation with the Spanish government: Catholics, Muslims and Jews. My hope is that God will make me a person who can dialogue and who can speak about the beauty of the Gospel to a world that is very complex and needy.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

Being aware of the bigger pictures is always a source of encouragement and of wisdom. Networking and biblical training in Europe are necessary given the special hardships and difficulties we face. I am excited to meet other people who may be working in similar capacities, to learn and fellowship with them.

What is your ministry?

My role as the coordinator of Evangelical Religious Education in FEREDE encompasses the following: representing the ERE department before the Spanish Government and Ministry of Education together with the CEO of FEREDE; theological and pedagogical training of future Religious Evangelical teachers; creation of the kindergarten, primary and secondary Evangelical Religious Education curriculum for schools and teachers; providing information and maintaining relationships with parents, churches and pastors who are interested in learning more about Evangelical Religious Education in schools.

What are your past leadership roles?

While living in the United States, I was a university teacher for 3 years and was involved in mission trips with college students. I also served in World Vision for 3 years in Spain, however not in a leadership role.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

The ministry of FEREDE and Evangelical Religious Education is critical in Spain given our country’s long background in Catholicism and difficult journey growing in Religious Freedom. Having religious education in schools helps to normalize religion and religious freedom in Spain. Our country remains hostile towards other religious groups as a result of the lack of tolerance in our history. The ministry of Evangelical Religious Education can be lonely and it is in need of collaboration and help in many areas.

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