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2022 Disciple-Making Leaders (Foundational) Network

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    Disciple-Making Leaders
Equipping Christian leaders in Europe to help God’s people grow to maturity

The aim of the Disciple-Making Leaders Network: Foundational Track is for each participant to develop biblical convictions about leadership and disciple-making, so that by the end of the Forum they understand their calling as leaders to build relationships that help God’s people become mature. A key component of this Network will be small group interaction, discussion, and time set apart for Q&A throughout the four days of the Forum, which will help deepen participants’ learning. The Network will also include lectures on key biblical material and discussion of practical examples. Participants will be encouraged to develop practical strategies for becoming more effective in disciple-making.

Applicants should be those involved in Christian leadership (at any level) who desire to develop maturity in the members of the body of Christ and are willing to grapple honestly with their responsibility to make disciples. Prior preparation will be set for all applicants.

Applicants should be leaders who desire to develop maturity in the members of the body of Christ and are willing to grapple honestly with the responsibility to make disciples. This Track is designed for those who have NOT attended the European Leadership Forum Disciple-Making Leaders Network in previous years.

Network Leadership

Emanuel grew up in communist Romania, but the faith of his parents had a huge impact on him. As a student he was involved in discipleship and during those years his student groups grew from 2 colleagues to more than 50. In 2001, he joined the staff at Emanuel University of Oradea where he is serving now. He completed his PhD in software engineering in conjunction with University of Nice, France, and then he earned his MA in Pastoral Theology in Oradea. Both his involvement in academics and in the church aim to evangelise and mature disciples for Christ. He is married to Nadia and has three boys.

Jay Mosser has served in pastoral roles for 40 years – about 20 years in various assistant pastor capacities and the rest as senior pastor. Through those years he has served in three churches ranging from smaller (less than 50) to larger (about 1,000). Along the way he has worked with children, teens, worship ministry, pastoral care, preaching, and leadership. Jay has an M.Div. from Western (Conservative Baptist) Seminary and a D.Min. from Corban University in Oregon, where his doctoral thesis was titled “How a Pastor’s Theology of Shepherding Affects the Health & Growth of a Church.” He is married to Kathy and has three daughters and four grandchildren. In his spare time, he loves to read, hike, travel, watch sports, and spend time with his family.

Network Speakers

Zala Cempre was born and raised in Slovenia, where she now serves as an overseer of youth and young adults ministry in her local church in Ljubljana. There, she disciples, leads, and trains a group of volunteers. On a national level, she leads a 2-year discipleship program for college students and serves as a director of evangelical camps. Zala loves to take students on short-term trips to former Yugoslavian countries where they serve the needs of the local churches. Zala holds a bachelor’s degree in management and master’s degree in international business.

Jay Eastman was born and raised in the US, attending The Ohio State University for undergraduate and graduate school. He has degrees in English and English education. He is married to Holly, and they have three children. He has taught English around the world and has served in Berlin, leading works in social outreach, evangelism, discipleship, and church planting, since 2001. He also serves as a consultant with Global Training and Development and Results-based Conversations™, providing solutions for groups seeking effective ways to collaborate in the midst of complex situations.

Terry English is the Vice President of strategy and training for Josiah Venture. As such he oversees the creation and rollout of ministry team and disciple making resources throughout Central and Eastern Europe, and also oversees evangelistic ministries and tools currently being used by over 400 churches. Prior to moving to the Czech Republic 20 years ago, he also worked with youth and student outreach ministries in the USA, UK, and Norway. While his focus is now on training local churches, he also continues to work with a local youth ministry in the Czech Republic so that he can keep his finger on the pulse of current trends in youth culture, and has recently helped his local church plant a new expression of church in Ostrava.

Heather Holdsworth is a lecturer, Bible teacher, and artist. Her focus is in the subject of Spiritual Formation and Discipleship for all ages. She lectures in the innovative Chalmers Institute, St Andrews where ‘the academy’ and ‘the church’ are brought together in helpful dialogue, in Edinburgh Bible College, and more recently for pastors and leaders in rural Kenya. Much of her recent art is a unique meditation on lament through visual representations of the ancient words of the Psalms. Heather lives in Edinburgh, Scotland with her husband, Adrian.

Jay Mosser has served in pastoral roles for 40 years – about 20 years in various assistant pastor capacities and the rest as senior pastor. Through those years he has served in three churches ranging from smaller (less than 50) to larger (about 1,000). Along the way he has worked with children, teens, worship ministry, pastoral care, preaching, and leadership. Jay has an M.Div. from Western (Conservative Baptist) Seminary and a D.Min. from Corban University in Oregon, where his doctoral thesis was titled “How a Pastor’s Theology of Shepherding Affects the Health & Growth of a Church.” He is married to Kathy and has three daughters and four grandchildren. In his spare time, he loves to read, hike, travel, watch sports, and spend time with his family.

Emanuel grew up in communist Romania, but the faith of his parents had a huge impact on him. As a student he was involved in discipleship and during those years his student groups grew from 2 colleagues to more than 50. In 2001, he joined the staff at Emanuel University of Oradea where he is serving now. He completed his PhD in software engineering in conjunction with University of Nice, France, and then he earned his MA in Pastoral Theology in Oradea. Both his involvement in academics and in the church aim to evangelise and mature disciples for Christ. He is married to Nadia and has three boys.

Network Programme

Sunday, 22 May

Sometimes people think about the Christian life in the same way they buy a car. What model do I like? What optional equipment best fits my lifestyle? Do I need a rugged vehicle or something that primarily looks good? The Bible calls every believer to "grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ" (II Peter 3:18). We call that "discipleship," a Holy Spirit-driven and non-optional process that is the subject of both warm encouragement and strong warnings in the book of Hebrews, our text for this opening session.

During the years of 13-25, most habits and life-choices are made, including the decision to become a follower of Christ. Studies show that 90% of professions of faith are made before the age of 21. Without youth ministry, there will be very few adults and families in the church in the years to come. So how can we be intentional in discipling this generation? What is important to know when we interact with them and what are some practical ways to disciple them? In this session questions like these will be addressed. We will also seek to understand best practices and mistakes that are made in discipling teens and young adults, enabling you to create a strong disciple-making relationship with young people.

Monday, 23 May

When we stand before groups asking questions that challenge, sharing passages for transformation - we speak words that delve into our own souls. How do we lead when our faith and identity tremble? In this session, we consider the tensions of our disciple-making commission in this beautiful, mysterious journey with God.

Tuesday, 24 May

Our current socially distant context has created many challenges, but also provided us with new opportunities. This session will examine how we can continue to follow Jesus’ command to make disciples even when it is hard to meet in person. If Paul could do it from prison, we can for sure do it from the comfort of our homes!

How does God work in us to live renewed lives? How can we be His light to one another and to those struggling in darkness? This joint session of the Foundational and Advanced Disciple-Making Leaders Networks will examine Philippians and focus on how God works powerfully in us for the benefit of others.

Wednesday, 25 May

We learned that there is no shortcut to maturity and there is no shortcut to mature leadership. All of us embark on life’s journey with a variety of backgrounds and experiences that affect the progress we make in our growth. All of us are led by God to make disciples in different contexts. One thing is sure: no matter how much we know, or what our spiritual, psychological, or emotional heritage might be, it takes time to mature and it takes perseverance in the long term to make disciples. In this last session we will explore:

  • How can we continue to grow as disciple-makers?
  • What are the next steps to springboard to fruitful ministry?

We plan to end by forming cohort groups to keep one another accountable to the plans we've made and to spur each other on throughout the year and then entrust each other in God’s providence in prayer.