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Jana Mackova

Jana Mackova
Person Details
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Country

  • Czech Republic
Participants Details

ELF Network

  • 2022 Organisational Development and Fundraising Network

Ministry Focus

  • Ministry Administration and Service

Occupation

  • Christian Ministry

Funding Status

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

My ministry has always been connected to stewardship, organizational matters, or project development and management for organizations. I was the CEO of the European Training Center, an NGO founded by the YMCA. I served as an elder in my church, where I organized events and held financial responsibilities. I started as a missionary among students, where I worked with youth on the local and national level. When I started to work as a Christian minister, I graduated with an M.A. in practical theology from TCMI Institute. Afterward I was hired by the European YMCA to start and operate the European Training Center, which I did for 16 years. I also manage a ministry in Bihar, India, where the Czech church built a school and support mission. I serve as a member of the supervisory board for a Christian school called Noah in Czech Republic.

When did you trust Christ?

As a child who grew up in church, my relationship with God was formed step by step. I made my conscious decision to follow Jesus at youth camp when I was a teenager. I was baptized and became a member of the church. God guided me through my childhood. I see my relationship with God as a lifelong process of asking God, from time to time, to go deeper or to choose the path of my relationship with Him.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

The first defining moment was my decision to follow Christ and joining my church's youth group afterward. A second defining moment was my ministry as a youth leader and missionary among students. A third defining moment was studying practical theology through TCM International Institute. A fourth defining moment was having Christian friends with whom I could discuss God's Word and model my practical faith.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I would like to be inspired by the mentors, but also by the participants. I want to learn new perspectives on organizational development. I would also like to combine organizational skills with personal growth and spiritual commitment. I hope for inspiration and encouragement that will bring blessings to my colleagues and the entire Czech Evangelical Alliance. I hope to gain skills that will help me be a better support to the CEA leadership, a useful member of the team.

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

I currently work as the Chief Operating Officer of the Czech Evangelical Alliance (CEA). My job is to set up organizational and financial systems and implement tools to help our ministry be smart and seamless. I prepare annual budgets, plan events, and communicate with donors, friends of CEA, CEA members, Czech churches, and so forth. I work closely with the CEA General Secretary to develop and implement an evolving plan to achieve our goals and run projects. In my service project in India, I am ready and supported by CEA to spend one month in a year in India by serving in a school.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I would like to improve my care for donors. I would like to learn to better plan and manage the growth of my organization.