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Piotr Gruchala

Piotr Gruchala
Person Details
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Country

  • Poland
Participants Details

ELF Network

  • 2022 Theologians Network

Ministry Focus

  • University Students

Occupation

  • Student

Funding Status

  • ELF Funded
Participants Answers
What is your ministry?

I’ve been working for a couple of years as a youth and university student leader and pastoral assistant in the First Baptist Church in Gdańsk. My main responsibilities are teaching and preaching the Bible in our meetings, leading a Bible study program, organizing student retreats and conferences a couple of times a year, preaching the Bible in my church or nearby churches when needed, and minor tasks as the senior pastor’s assistant. Besides that, I am a local director in Academic Bible Meetings, a Christian academic association. During the summer I invest most of my time in helping at youth and student camps. I am helping my senior pastor develop the Bible Academy he founded. My ministry in many ways is focused on evangelism and discipleship. I am also passionate about biblistics and Old Testament studies. Because we don’t really have many experts in this field in Poland, I believe it is my calling from God to serve Him in this area.

When did you trust Christ?

I was raised in a Christian family. My parents were saved when I was about 8-years-old and from that point I began learning a lot about Jesus and the Bible. As a kid I didn’t understand my need for a Savior, and I figured I just needed to do all the good things my parents told me to do. Things changed when I went to high school. I realized that I needed to fully commit to God or I wouldn’t be with Him at all. It was a complex process, but I left high school fully committed to the Lord.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

In high school I spent a lot of time thinking about the question, “What should I do as God’s servant?” It didn’t make sense to me that the only thing for me was to just intellectually believe in Jesus and to trust Him. Finally a friend showed me how vital it is that we were all created to glorify Him and that became the main thing I wanted to do with my life. During that same time, the pastor of my church was important to me. He taught me the need to spread the Gospel and make disciples, and he encouraged me to attend seminary.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I have learned so much and met so many great people at the Forum. I love how I can learn from and network with other participants. It has been a great blessing for me to be there. My calling from God is to learn and teach and the Forum will help me in this area.

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

Throughout my life I’ve been involved in many ministries, mainly serving young people in Poland.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I am young and passionate. I love the church and I dream of devoting my life to working for it.