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Mateusz Nowacki

Mateusz Nowacki
Person Details
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Country

  • Poland
Participants Details

ELF Network

  • 2022 Theologians Network

Ministry Focus

  • Children and/or Youth

Occupation

  • Other

Funding Status

  • ELF Funded
Participants Answers
What is your ministry?

I am responsible for leading and teaching two Bible groups for boys and leading youth meetings every week. I also take care of a men's meeting once a month. I preach during Sunday service once every two months. I lead prayer meetings every Wednesday morning and try to provide pastoral care for people in our church.

When did you trust Christ?

I decided to follow Jesus when I was 12 years old. I was attending a Bible study, and I understood that the Gospel is real and that I need to trust and follow Jesus. For me, it was more a process, rather than a single moment, that changed my life. I grew up in a Christian family and attended a Baptist church. It came to my mind that Christianity is the truth and the only thing that is worth following.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

The most defining moments of my Christian walk have been hard and painful times. When my girlfriend broke up with me in November of 2010, it changed a lot in my life and made me think harder about my faith and whether I was committed to it. Another difficult time was when my mom got cancer three years ago. It got me thinking more about life and death, about everlasting things and things that will not perish. I also learned a lot as a leader in a youth camp, which I have done more than ten times. Those camps changed the perspective I have for my life.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

The Forum is of great value to me. The Forum allows me to meet people from around the world who serve God in a similar context to mine. It is very encouraging and broadens my mind to hear the lectures and share my experiences with other leaders. It is an opportunity to develop creative solutions to problems and focus on what God has called us to do. It is truly a blessing to learn from people who have been serving the Lord longer than me and to have the possibility of talking with them about my future.

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

My past leadership roles mainly were concerned with serving the youth. I have been a leader at Christian youth camps ten times.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I am humble and very aware of myself, my limits, and the sins I struggle with. I am engaged in other people's lives and passionate about the ministry that I do. I finished my studies at the University of Technology in Gdansk and worked for five years as a robotics engineer with laser welding, automotive, and ships. I left my job because full-time ministry will be better for growing God's kingdom. The elders in my church and all our church also recognized that this is a good decision.