Wesleyan churches in Poland are using things like Facebook Live and auto repair to meet their neighbors. They're following Jesus into their neighborhoods—virtually and literally—to introduce themselves and help with real-life problems like car trouble and interpersonal conflict. In Kalisz, Pastor Przemysław Bogdan uses Facebook Live to show people in the city what the church services look like.
"A few hundred people watch it online," Pastor Bogdan said. "It's useful here because it helps people from a Catholic tradition become comfortable with a Protestant church. We are passionate about showing Christ to the people in Kalisz."
In Krakow, the church hosts regular events for their community to benefit from the vocational skills of the members.
"People with different jobs are serving people with what they know how to do," said Dr. Piotr Gąsiorowski, who pastors the Wesleyan church in Krakow. "Psychologists are helping people in their struggles and problems; physiotherapists are doing the same. Mechanics, trainers—all of them—are serving on a very practical level. When we get to know our neighbors this way, we can invite them to our church, pray with them, and lead them to faith."
In a country with strong Catholic roots, these pastors are delighted with the way The Wesleyan Church fits beautifully within a culture of hierarchy and history while leaving room for the work of the Holy Spirit.
"The Polish Wesleyan Church now has two churches and two new church plants," said Dr. Gąsiorowski. "Approximately 1,200 people regularly listen to the weekly sermons on the Krakow church website. We are small, but we are growing. Being part of the larger Wesleyan family is very important for us. Knowing that there are people who will pray for us, and that there is a structure to which we can turn, is very important and builds up our faith and strengthens us."