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Jan Mahrik

jan mahrik
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Country

  • Slovakia
Participants Details

ELF Network

  • 2024 Media Communicators Network

Ministry Focus

  • Pastoring and Bible Teaching

Occupation

  • Christian Ministry

Funding Status (ELF)

  • Needs ELF Funding

Ján Máhrik has been wholeheartedly involved in youth ministry in Slovakia for over a decade. On a local level, he has been working full-time as a youth pastor while developing an outreach project called ESCAPEclub with the purpose of creating a platform where the church and the city meet. On a national level, Jan is co-founder of the Union of Children and Youth which serves to develop youth ministries across Slovakia. Jan has been called to a church-planting movement in recent years but still serves youth leaders as a teacher, coach, and mentor.

Participants Answers
What is your ministry?

I am leading a church plant, which was planted in 2016. I am also involved in various church planting networks and serve as a board member of our denomination. One of my church planting strategies is an intensive online publishing presence, including writing books, publishing YouTube videos, and publishing a podcast. Our podcast was recently awarded the number one Evangelistic podcast in the Czech and Slovak Republics, which has leveraged our ministry to the unchurched. I also co-wrote two books based on the podcast content. One of them deconstructs cultural assumptions about Christianity and explains the Gospel's take on it. The book sold out and is being reprinted and translated into Czech.

When did you trust Christ?

I was born in a Christian family, and my dad became the pastor of an Evangelical Free Church when I was five. My parents led me in the ways of God from my childhood, and they clearly expressed that He should be my highest priority. I understood that the most crucial thing in my development was to trust God and walk in all the ways He commands me. Since childhood, I have had respect for God, and I prayed to Him, trusted Him, and knew that when I died, I would stand face-to-face with Him. I knew that He was real and that He rules the universe. When I was a teenager, I realized the power of sin in my life. As hard as I tried to behave well, I could see that I couldn't stop myself from making mistakes and bad decisions. However, all my failures and errors were points where I could, again and again, rely on God's mercy and grace. Those are the points that, in the end, brought me closer to God. It was when I was 17 that I fully understood and experienced the meaning of Jesus' death and blood.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

Since my childhood, my parents led me to God, and they clearly expressed that He should be the topmost priority in life. I understood the most crucial thing for me to grow is to trust God and walk in all the ways He commands me. All my failures and errors were points where I could rely again and again on God's mercy and grace. Those are the points which at the end brought me closer to God. When I was 15-18 years old, my youth leaders were people who encouraged me to join different ministries and taught me how important it is to devote your life to ministry to God.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I believe not much of my ministry would be possible without ELF. I have been attending ELF for over a decade, and it has been one of the most significant resources in my ministry. At ELF, I have met people who helped shape my understanding of the cultural impact and taught me how to engage with secular post-Christian culture. Thanks to the seminars, books, and mentoring, I developed my apologetic arguments and passion for persuasive evangelism, and thanks to my experience in the Church Planting Network, I have supported and maintained my ministry.

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

I have been involved in leadership positions since I was 17. I have been a webmaster, multimedia assistant, and then a youth leader and worship leader prior to being a pastor.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

About 10000 people will be served through our local church ministry, publishing ministry (podcasts, Youtube videos, and publishing), and networking (organising conferences, teaching, and preaching) both in Slovak and the Czech Republic. Our ministry is intensely missional; thus, we serve people on two levels: we equip Christians from all backgrounds to everyday gospel living and sharing and reach the unchurched (mostly ex-Roman Catholics) people with persuasive gospel presentations.