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David Oliver

David Oliver
Person Details
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Country

  • Spain
Participants Details

ELF Network

  • 2021 Leaders of Christian Organisations (Groups A & B) Network

Ministry Focus

  • Pastoring and Bible Teaching

Occupation

  • Christian Ministry

Funding Status

  • ELF Funded
  • Needs YRM Funding
Participants Answers
What is your ministry?

I am an ambassador of Christ in the city. At Catalice City Gospel Movements, I provide tools, training and mentoring in discipleship, and multiplication to leadership. I help others revitalize, plant or replant, and grow discipleship in their church.

When did you trust Christ?

On December 28th 1982, after attending a service at my home church, I had a strong sense of sin and my need for salvation. A few hours later, accompanied by one of my good friends from the church, I confessed and repented from my sins. I surrendered my life to Christ and received him as a Savior and Lord.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

I was a regular member of my church with a career in engineering. Twenty years ago, I was invited to help Cru ministries in the area of innovation. I started working across Europe and then worldwide to help others develop leadership & innovation. Fifteen years ago, I was invited to an Alpha conference in London and the next month started 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 a 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?

I want to gain more understating and training in gospel movements in the city. I want to hear fresh perspectives on the current situation of gospel movements in Europe. I look forward to connecting to a European network of peers. 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 or what were your past leadership roles?

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?

They could invest in the potential to ignite and develop City Gospel Movements in 2 major cities in Spain (Barcelona and Madrid). They would also help to develop the next generation of leaders that can not only plant new faith communities, but revitalize and strengthen the current church. 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.