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Joel Forster

Joel Forster
Person Details
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Country

  • Spain
Participants Details

YRM Network

  • Pastors

ELF Network

  • 2023 Media Communicators Network

Ministry Focus

  • Evangelism

Occupation

  • Media/Communication

Funding Status (ELF)

  • Needs ELF Funding

Funding Status (YRM)

  • YRM Funded
Participants Answers
What is your ministry?

I work for Evangelical Focus, a news information website for Europe. It was started in January 2015 by the Spanish Evangelical Alliance with the support of the Forum of Christian Leaders, among other entities. We reach around 30,000 readers monthly. We report about current issues from a Christian perspective, giving a voice to evangelical Christians who have interesting insights on relevant topics. The team and contributors from multiple countries see this ministry of bringing together journalism and mission as a way of serving the church and connecting with society. We aim to build bridges between church and society, giving a voice to Christians who make a difference in all areas of society. We do journalism to serve God's mission in a post-Christian Europe.

I'm also an elder in a church in Valencia, Spain. I have been in the church's leadership role with another elder for one year. I am involved in preaching, musical worship, and overseeing other areas of the church, as well as much of the pastoral care.

 

When did you trust Christ?

Walking with God and following Jesus has been a journey over many years. I first understood the weight of my sin when I was 11 years old, and since then have been understanding more and more aspects of the Gospel, like the meaning of the cross, the depth of God's grace, and why I should live for His glory. For me, there have been different moments in my life where I have understood with my mind and my heart things I thought I knew. And thankfully, there is still much to learn to get a bigger picture of God and his kingdom.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

One key moment was starting university, leaving home, and arriving in an environment where it seemed like God was not around. Getting involved with a GBU group in my university, reading the Bible seriously, finding answers to questions for myself and fellow students, and growing in Gospel-centred friendships were vital. During those years, I also got the evangelistic vision to connect the Gospel with our culture. 

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I hope to get input and some answers to dilemmas in my work as an elder in the church. To listen to the experience of others who are more experienced, to contrast my thoughts with that of others to see if they make sense, and to network with other young pastors. I hope that what I learn will help me lead more effectively and serve the church in needed ways. Also, it may help my personal and familiar balance to ensure I can run the race in the mid-long term. I am also interested in knowing how things applied in other parts of Europe would work for us in our city.

I am very grateful to be part of the Forum and share with others from all over Europe engaged in media. I have made valuable connections, and many collaborations have come out of previous Forum meetings. The Forum is the highlight of my year. I can get a vision of what God is doing on our continent and receive specific training in the media area.

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

I was president of the GBU student committee for the university in Barcelona from 2006-2008. I had an internship at TV3, which is the Catalan Public Television station, in 2008. I was a relay worker for UCCF from 2009-2010. I have been a writer for Protestante Digital since 2008 and a GBU staff worker since 2010.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

Having a Christian point of view on the daily news is a key issue in Spain. I want to keep learning and getting a new vision to work on my responsibilities and start new projects side-by-side with other people, which advance God's kingdom both in Spain and Europe.