What is your ministry?
I am serving the body of Christ as a pastor in a Lutheran congregation in Zilina, Slovakia. I have been serving with my wife for 12 years. In our congregation we have four pastors. In our congregation we also have a good group of volunteers and two full time staff: a youth leader and an office administrator. I also serve as a regional leader. I oversee 22 local congregations. I lead local pastors, visit churches, provide pastoral care for pastors, and so on.
What do you hope to gain from participating?
The Year-Round Mentoring program is a great opportunity. I will have the chance to learn from people around me, to listen to how others are trying to revitalize churches, to hear where they are struggling and moving forward, and how they are managing obstacles and challenges. Spending time with other leaders is also very helpful. It will be a place for accountability and for learning from people from different backgrounds who are in different contexts.
What is your leadership role or what were your past leadership roles?
I am a pastor in a local congregation and a regional leader. I am focusing on church revitalization in both contexts. Our local congregation has 2,000 members. Many of them are nominal Christians, but it is an active church. The core of the church is healthy and open for fresh renewing. Our local church is pioneering in some things for the current Lutheran context in Slovakia. We are renewing worship services, using media, focusing on discipleship and small groups, and so on. I have also started discussions with 22 local pastors about church revitalization. I can facilitate this discussion because of my leadership role.
Why should someone invest in your ministry?
The church in Europe needs to be revitalized. The last year has been challenging with COVID-19. But it was a helpful year in that it moved churches to make some changes. We need to talk more seriously about church in a post COVID era. We have already started the revitalization process in our local church. We have taken some small steps and we are moving forward. COVID has been on the one hand challenging, but on the other hand helpful for revitalization.