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Filip Kegel

Filip Kegel
Person Details
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Country

  • Poland
Participants Details

ELF Network

  • 2022 Bible Teachers and Preachers (Advanced) Network

Ministry Focus

  • Children and/or Youth

Occupation

  • Other

Funding Status

  • ELF Funded
Participants Answers
What is your ministry?

I serve as a vicar in a Baptist church in Gdansk to serve as a pastor in the future. My ministry includes preaching, leading services, overseeing the college students' ministry, and producing short videos explaining the Christian faith in question-and-answer form.

When did you trust Christ?

When I was 12, I began to read the Bible out of curiosity to understand the foundations of the Christian faith for myself. I was raised as a Roman Catholic, but I slowly began to identify as a Protestant because of my Bible reading and much research. During this process, I came across Romans 3:27-28, which speaks of justification by faith. I didn't understand it, so I searched the Internet for answers. I found a blog by Mateusz Wichary, a Baptist pastor who is now the president of the Baptist Union of Poland. This was when I finally understood what the cross was all about. A few months later, after watching a movie inviting people to trust Jesus, I decided to follow Him and wholeheartedly embraced the gospel. This was when I was at the age of 15.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

One critical moment in my Christian walk was when I attended a Baptist church two years after my conversion. A second important part of my development was when I embraced Reformed soteriology, which was around the same time.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

The European Leadership Forum gives me additional tools to understand, apply, and teach the Word of God. I also benefit from others' experiences in youth and college ministry and preaching in general.

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

About a year after my conversion, in 2014, I began to lead a Bible study group for teens from my school. It lasted for a year and a half. In 2016-2017 I led another Bible study group for teenage boys who had taken part in our church's family camp.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I am studying theology and architecture. My theological studies prepare me for pastoral ministry, to which I am deeply called. I am studying architecture to receive an education that would enable me to work outside the church and serve as a pastor if the church couldn't sustain me financially. Unfortunately, the church where I want to serve is a new church plant and possibly won't support me in the coming years.