What is your ministry?
I am a deacon in the local church, serving the two pastors and the elders. I am also a youth leader and worship leader. My church serves a very poor Roma community, but large numbers of people have come to faith and joined the church over the last 30 years. The Covid-19 pandemic has caused many problems for our people, but it has also caused many people to return to the church or to ask to join it. We are anticipating a significant increase in the size of the church when we can return to normality. For now, we are still facing many challenges.
What do you hope to gain from participating?
I want to grow in leadership, character, and skills. I am particularly interested in being able to spend some quality time with Maurice Nightingale and Mike Betts, the leaders of the mentoring group. Our church is independent and so seeing how a wider movement functions in unity for mission will be very useful. I also want to understand more about the foundations of church life and what leaders can do to ensure that these remain healthy. Lastly, I am keen to grow in my faith in Jesus and to develop in my character as a disciple of Jesus, setting an example to others so I lead well in the long term.
What is your leadership role or what were your past leadership roles?
I am a deacon in the church, as well as a youth leader and worship leader. Because I can speak English, I also do a lot of relating to our friends in other countries, translating for the elders, and so on. I regularly lead worship at church meetings and provide leadership to our large youth ministry. Recently we recorded a worship song using our youth band and dancers. The Roma community suffers a lot of discrimination, so it has been amazing to be able to make some external friendships with believers from outside Serbia.
Why should someone invest in your ministry?
I have a call to leadership and want to grow and develop. My church is planting churches and I am supporting this work.