The Calvary Chapel Movement is alive and vital and fresh in Eastern Europe. Pastor Phil Metzger directs Calvary Chapel Bible College Europe (CCBCE) in Vajta, Hungary. The school facilitates training for a generation of pastors and future pastors and leaders.
As if running a bible college, managing staff and students isn't enough of a challenge, Metzger has also stepped up to pastor Calvary Chapel Budapest.
Metzger is a pastor to pastors. CCBCE is a hub for Calvary Chapel church plants in Eastern Europe. Once a year, the staff at CCBCE gathers church pastors and leaders and their families to minister to them through refreshing Bible teaching and practical workshops. They also provide an environment for nourishing fellowship. The time spent for a week in Vajta revitalizes the workers before they head back to the field.
Metzger trains his staff to serve with a heart that puts others first. This is not a pseudo-spiritual put on; they genuinely have a heart to edify others. The staff work and play and serve and pray as a team functioning as complete unit. The staff's respect and fondness for Metzger is notable - and infectious. Spend a little time with Metzger and you'll understand why. He puts you at ease and cares for you and about what God is doing in your life. He listens as you tell him about your ministry and then he encourages you in the calling on your life. And then he prays for you.
Metzger strikes a perfect balance of building up faith in the Word, providing a launching platform for mission, and strengthening bonds of friendship and ministry support through loving relationship.