Empowering the Local Church in Romania: Cluj Report

This post is about the series of worship seminars we held in Cluj, Romania.  It’s number three in the trilogy of reports wrapping up my missions trip to eastern Europe. See all the posts in my Balkans missions trip series here.

Our seminars in Cluj-Napoca were awesome!

Our seminars in Cluj-Napoca were awesome!

My 3 days in Cluj-Napoca marked the final leg of my 26 day assignment.

Cluj is a thriving college town with a youthful, optimistic energy. My good friends from SOZO, Nick and Carole Decean,  organized the event with several other churches in the area. They invited me to speak and teach on biblical worship to train and equip their teams and ministries.

Worship

We held a series of seminars for three consecutive nights, 3 hours each night.

I introduced some new songs.

Shekinah Glory: Release the fullness of your Spirit!

Shekinah Glory: Release the fullness of your Spirit!

Teaching

I mixed teaching with experiential worship, stories and songs that illustrated teaching points.

Teaching

Teaching

Joyful

Our worship times were joyful!

Our worship times were joyful!

Wholehearted

Wholehearted times of worship

Wholehearted.

 

Attendance was very good, about 50 each night. 

Shabach and the other 7 Hebrew words for worship are ....

Shabach and the other 7 Hebrew words for worship are ….

They wanted to keep it a small group for more interaction. There was plenty of group discussion with some very tough questions!

The issues  brought up during Q&A inspired several ideas for articles.

The first being this series of posts on Character Guidelines for Worship Team Members:

 Mentoring Next Gen Leaders

Mentoring leaders - TJ & Sofia

Mentoring leaders – TJ & Sofia

 

Connecting

It was a joy to hangout and connect with several local leaders.

Ninia Decean, Pastor and my translator!

Ninio Decean, Pastor and my translator!

Ligia & Marius

Ligia & Marius

 

Mihai Decean, pastor of the church in Ocna Mores and an awesome guy!

Mihai Decean, pastor of the church in Ocna Mores and an awesome guy!

Staying at The Deceans

I had a great time staying with Nick and Carole Decean, their daughter Rachel and twin sons, Joshua and Nico.

We had a blast hanging out together.

NIck , Carol, Rachel, Joshua, Nicolas Decean family

NIck , Carol, Rachel, Joshua, Nicolas Decean family

The Deceans spoiled me with rest, wonderful Romanian food and hospitality.

Cluj-Napoca Behind the scenes

Statue of Matthias Corvinus, The Greatest Hungarian / Romanian King

Statue of Matthias Corvinus, The Greatest Hungarian / Romanian King

The Cathedral – St Michaels Church, Cluj-Napoca

The pulpit in St Michaels is quite ornate

The pulpit in St Michaels is quite ornate

CONCLUSIONS

The feedback on the event was fantastic.

A group of pastors have asked if I can return next year and present this teaching in a larger context in another city, so we’ll see.

I’m thankful for everything God allowed me to accomplish and experience. Thanks to everyone who prayed and supported my trip.

NEXT UP:

You can help send me on the next mission trip  to Sri Lanka, find out more. 

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 See my other posts in this Balkans Missions trip series.

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4 thoughts on “Empowering the Local Church in Romania: Cluj Report

  1. Greetings from Kenya would like to take wand full time to write to people of God am pastor Francis have a church in Kenya looking a friend church from Romania to walk together i will be so glad to here from you brothers soon as possible through my Email;chemnaif@yahoo.com

  2. Greetings from Kenya,

    would like to take wand full time to write to people of God am pastor Francis have a church in Kenya looking a friend church from Romania to walk together i will be so glad to here from you brothers soon as possible through my Email;chemnaif@yahoo.com
    Thanks.PST.Francis