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Balazs Stanzel

balazs stanzel
Person Details
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Country

  • Albania
Participants Details

YRM Network

  • Pastoral Growth

Ministry Focus

  • Pastoring and Bible Teaching

Occupation

  • Christian Ministry

Funding Status

  • Needs YRM Funding
Participants Answers
What is your ministry?

I have been a pastor in Pécs, Hungary, since 2008. My wife and I came to this city in 2007 after Bible College to help one of our Bible College teachers in a local church plant. Soon he moved away and handed over the responsibility, and we have been working, serving, and leading here ever since. Our leadership team is eight people and 25 volunteer helpers in various ministries and practical help. I am also working part-time as a bible teacher in a Baptist high school, which is a great privilege and opportunity for me.

When did you trust Christ?

I decided to follow Jesus when I was 16. I spent my childhood in a very legalistic environment, where the pressure of unbiblical rules and condemnation pushed me away, but I was always strongly drawn to God. Shortly after my decision, I was forced out of that fellowship. I did not attend any church for four years. I remained hungry for God and continued praying regularly but was deeply hurt by this group. In the meantime, I started working in production as a sound technician, I was pretty successful, yet I became very depressed and spiritually hungry. Finally, I said yes to an invitation by my sister to this church, where I heard verse-by-verse expository teachings and received a genuine love. I was there every week for nine months when I decided to follow Jesus again. That commitment was a whole-hearted cry that He would make sense of my life and lead me. Two months later, they diagnosed me with metastasized testicular cancer. The following months of operations and chemotherapy are when I fell in love with Jesus. This was the time when I received a calling and an unexplainable peace. A year later, He granted me to be cancer free, and I immediately enrolled in Bible College.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

For many years I have done ministry from various motivations and wanted our church to grow. Our leadership team and church have grown quite a bit in the last five years. After delegating responsibilities, I realised how little I cared for my soul and spiritual development and how much I took my marriage and my wife's spiritual stability for granted over the years. I desire to grow as a man and a husband.

What is your leadership role or what were your past leadership roles?

I have been a pastor since 2008.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

Our fellowship is unique in that university students represent over 20 nations. We desire to raise them for spiritual work as they go and work professionally after graduation. My wife and I hope to work ourselves out of our job here to be sent out one day to help some students start their ministry who already left our church and returned to their country. I am surrounded by a few passionate and called young men and women, and I want to see them walk out their calling here.