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Marta Sobiech

Marta Sobiech
Person Details
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Country

  • Poland
Participants Details

ELF Network

  • 2022 Politics and Society Network

Ministry Focus

  • Education and/or Training

Occupation

  • Student

Funding Status

  • ELF Funded
Participants Answers
What is your ministry?

I am the editor of two Christian websites and the author of a podcast where I address various social, political, and sociological issues from a Christian perspective and encourage women's interest in theology. I am part of a worship team at church. I also help people traumatized by family events and skeptical about their faith to come out of doubt and trust God. I am preparing my master's thesis in the sociology of religion, sociology of knowledge, and sociology of discourse about the narrative of political participation produced by Baptists and Lutherans in the face of large recent protests in Poland related to contemporary social conflicts.

When did you trust Christ?

I made the decision to follow Christ when I was in high school. Most of my childhood was dealing with my parents' divorce and searching for the truth and questioning whether a good God really existed since he couldn't sustain my parents' marriage. During a very dark time in high school, the Gospel message came to me while reading Romans, and that’s when I realized that salvation is by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, and I decided that I would put all my faith in Him.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

The family Christian camps with my dad and the friendships I made there, were crucial to my faith. I also saw other believers live out God’s principles. I remember on a trip with my friends, I told God that I wanted to give up my current lifestyle, but I needed His help. When I decided to be baptized, I began to be plagued by forceful doubts, which turned into a depressive episode and anxiety. However, I chose God, and I had many friends from the Church who helped me. I learned then to surrender and rely on Christ.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I think ELF is a very good place to learn how to use the knowledge I have accumulated more effectively in ministry and studies. I would like to learn how believers can better serve their societies, counteract social problems, and function in the political world. We have a very difficult political situation in Poland now and I see a lot of new problems in the world and in the churches, which are influenced by this political reality.

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

In 2021, I spoke at the Apologetics Conference. I led worship at church for several years. I organized conferences and was active with social media and graphic design at my church. I have also helped young women in difficult family situations. I have a lot of experience in lay leadership.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I'd like to grow my ministry and make better use of the knowledge I’ve gathered. With my country and the world in turmoil, I need to act. Poland is secularizing very quickly, which means that the small evangelical community in my country needs conscious Christians who will be able to respond to the challenges of the 21st century. Few evangelical Christian women study Sociology and are interested in the sociology of religion. Examining the evangelical environment and looking at it with a scholarly eye can make it aware of its problems, which are invisible from the inside, and which need to be reformed and fixed. Writing for a Christian website with a relatively large following comes with responsibility, and I will be better able to fulfill that responsibility with the resources and knowledge from ELF.