austria / europe

Spiritual Climate

The breath taking landscape of Austria is no accurate visual of the spiritual health of its people. Austria suffers from high rates of abortion, alcoholism and suicide and is greatly influenced by New Age, Eastern and other cult religions, all of which have thousands of followers. Evangelicals only make up 0.5% of the population. The younger generation is much more open to hearing the Gospel, but there is an overwhelming lack of committed Christ followers that will share the Gospel and disciple these young people full-time.

Ground-Level Perspectives

A good number of Austrians grew up in the Catholic church but have become disillusioned and left. Traditional Christianity no longer seems relevant, so people are seeking spirituality in other places. Islam, Buddhism and witchcraft are growing every year, but because there are so few evangelical Christians in the country, it's unlikely that an unbeliever will ever hear the Gospel message.
— Carre Gardner

People living away from the cities have little chance to encounter the gospel. Most do not have an evangelical group in their midst. Pray for believers to reach out to these neglected areas.
— Operation World

Austria needs more full-time workers. It is possible that more Austrians are serving God outside Austria than inside it.
— Operation World

We were recently confronted again with the great need for the youth in Austria. Hidden family secrets which have caused destruction and devastation are ignored or dismissed by some churches and ministers. Help is sought through drugs, therapy and un-biblical advice. Only a personal relationship with Christ can mend wounded spirits and heal broken hearts.
— Curt & Melinda Brown

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A Couple Raw Facts

Belief in God illustration

While 84% of Austrians believe in God (high for Europe), few have met Jesus personally.

Pie Chart

Almost three quarters of the population are Roman Catholics.


History & Future


WorldVenture History in Austria

WorldVenture’s Austria team has become as diverse as the ways to order coffee in a Viennese coffee house. In view of maturing church-plants and a gift-oriented strategy, WorldVenture’s focus has expanded to beyond church planting and development to include leadership training, evangelism and discipleship among mainly Muslim refugees, and missionary training in central and Eastern Europe.

Today &

Austria Team Goals

WorldVenture in Austria envisions growth by adding ministries such as facilitation and training of short-term teams for ministry for all parts of Europe, as well as concerted efforts to reach out to Austrian youth. Another goal is increased outreach to refugees in Austria. However, WorldVenture’s "bread and butter" focus in this European country will continue to be the development of New Testament churches, with an emphasis on the training of Austrian leaders.

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WorldVenture Global Objectives

  1. Evangelizing the Peoples of the World
    • Relationships being cultivated with non-believers
    • Decisions to follow Christ
    • Believers baptized
    • People engaged in intentional discipleship
    • Bible verses translated and Christian resources created or translated
  2. Extending Grace
    • People helped through development assistance
    • People provided with medical and health assistance
    • People helped toward justice who are in illegal, immoral, dangerous, exploited circumstances
    • People helped directly through disaster relief
  3. Establishing Churches
    • New churches established
    • Daughter churches established
  4. Equipping Leaders
    • Leaders being trained for ministry through formal contexts
    • Leaders being trained for ministry through non-formal contexts
    • TCKs (third culture kids) being equipped
    • 360º leaders being equipped
  5. Encouraging Mission Movements
    • National Christians preparing to become cross-cultural missionaries
    • National churches engaged in cross-cultural missions
    • National church groups engaged in cross-cultural missions

Living Here



If you are invited to an Austrian's house: Arrive on time. Punctuality is a sign of respect; Dress conservatively and elegantly; In some houses you may be asked to remove your shoes, although the custom is not as prevalent as it once was.
— a UK executive coaching website


Relationships are everything to Austrians. In order to gain a hearing, you will have to invest years in your friendships with them. Only then will you have earned the credibility to tell them the truth about Jesus Christ.
— Carre Gardner



It didn't take long for us to realize that it was something of an architectural wonderland, as our first outing was met with one amazing structure after the next.
— Clayton Breeds



Europe remains one of the most spiritually dark places on the face of the earth. In spite of all their wealth and advancements many in Europe are returning to paganism, atheism, Islam and anything other than Biblical Christianity. We cannot abandon them.
— Eric & Sarah

Local News

The following is a live news feed mirrored from an independent news service, and offers a current stream of headlines coming out of the country. WorldVenture does not control headlines, but only "mirrors" them from other websites.

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Austria arrests 13 suspected jihadi recruiters for Syria - BBC News

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Austria arrests 13 suspected jihadi recruiters for Syria
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Police in Austria have arrested 13 people suspected of radicalising young people and recruiting them to fight in Syria, prosecutors say. Reports in the Austrian media said 500 police were involved in searches at mosques, flats and prayer rooms in ...

Friday, November 28, 2014 5:12:09 AM

Austria's Muslims fear changes to historic Islam law - BBC News

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Austria's Muslims fear changes to historic Islam law
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A row has broken out in Austria over government plans to overhaul the country's century-old law on Islam. The new draft, which is partly aimed at tackling Islamist radicalism, forbids any foreign funding. But Austria's official Islamic Community says ...

Monday, November 03, 2014 5:51:53 PM

Austria unveils World War Two deserters' memorial - BBC News

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Austria unveils World War Two deserters' memorial
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A memorial to deserters from Hitler's army, the Wehrmacht, has been unveiled in the centre of the Austrian capital, Vienna. It follows a decision by Austria's parliament in 2009 to rehabilitate thousands of soldiers criminalised by the Nazis for desertion.

Friday, October 24, 2014 4:31:15 AM

Mothers of jihadist fighters meet to try to stop terrorism - BBC News

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Mothers of jihadist fighters meet to try to stop terrorism
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Women Without Borders, a group opposed to terrorism, has met in Vienna in Austria in an attempt to try to halt the spread of terrorism. The group gets mothers ... men and women. Reporting for BBC Newsnight, Razia Iqbal went to meet the women in Vienna.

Monday, December 15, 2014 8:38:00 PM

Austria's Alps hit by climate change - BBC News

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Austria's Alps hit by climate change
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One of the scientists behind the document, Helga Kromp-Kolb from the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences in Vienna, told Austria's ORF TV that the above-average increases in temperature were due to Austria's landlocked position and its ...

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 10:48:42 AM

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Opportunity TitleMinimum StayMaximum StayWorld AreaCountryOppSummaryOppResponsibilitiesOppRequirementsOppID
MK / International School Faculty & Staff2 YearsLifetimeEuropeAustriaDo you have a passion for teaching and caring for third culture kids and international students? The Austria team is seeking teachers to join the staff at the International Christian School of Vienna, providing a Christian education to missionary children and children of international diplomats and businesspeople (many of whom are not yet Christians).Current staffing needs include: Elementary School: Teachers (all levels), Elementary Computer, Elementary ELL; Middle School/High School: Math, Science, English, Music; High School: Art, Spanish, ELL; Other Faculty: German, LD Teacher, Physical Education, Athletic Director, Staff/Student Counselor, Network Administrator, Development Coordinator, School Secretary. See website for more information and the most up-to-date open positions: The candidate should possess a sense of God’s leading in their profession as an educator and seek to model Christian principles in and out of the classroom. Teachers should be certified and qualified. The candidate must be willing to serve for a minimum of two years and enjoy working with children from all around the world. The candidate must also agree with the International Christian School of Vienna’s mission and goals. Student teachers are welcome. 1085
Pastor / Discipler 4 YearsLifetimeEuropeAustriaAre you passionate about discipleship? Do you want to see Austrian churches engage with their culture and community to bring more people into a saving relationship with Christ? The Austria team is looking for a Pastor/Discipler to partner with Austrians in developing, strengthening and supporting Austrian-led New Testament churches in Vienna.Partner with Austrian churches in Vienna, assisting with leading and shepherding the congregation, as well as raising up and training Austrian leaders to do the same; shepherd, counsel, preach, teach, disciple, and mentor Austrian believers and leaders; assist with the administration and leadership of an Austrian church; assume responsibilities which may include leading bible studies, preaching, training, organizing church events, evangelism and counseling.A pastor's heart for God's people; a good Bible knowledge and theological understanding; a growing godly character; flexibility; willingness to be a servant; teachable spirit; self-discipline; self-motivation; endurance (a must); the ability and willingness to work on a team; a Master's degree is strongly desired (at minimum) or clear plans to earn one in the future; counseling skills (advantageous, but not a must); interest in engaging the younger generation of Austrians. 1395
Evangelist / Church Planter5 YearsLifetimeEuropeAustriaDo you have a heart to see Austrians transformed by life-giving relationships with Jesus? The Austria team seeks co-laborers in evangelism and church planting, with the goal of establishing Austrian-led churches.Join a church planting team comprised of Austrians and other missionaries with the goal of establishing Austrian-led, self-sustaining and reproducing churches. Major responsibilities will include evangelism and discipleship in a primarily nominal religious culture, bringing Austrians into an authentic encounter with the resurrected Christ and helping them engage their local church.The candidate must be a people person with a pioneer spirit. They should be gifted in personal evangelism, have good Bible knowledge and have the ability to teach God's Word. They should exhibit a willingness to think outside the box and be creative in reaching the younger generation of Austrians is also important. Other qualifications include: a growing godly character; basic counseling skills (advantageous, but not required); flexibility; a willingness to be a servant; teachable spirit; sense of humor; self-discipline; self-motivated; endurance; ability and desire to work on a team. A Master's degree is strongly desired (at minimum) or the clear plans to earn one.1396
Refugee / Compassion Ministry2 YearsLifetimeEuropeAustriaDo you have a passion for reaching people from many nations with the gospel? The Austria team is seeking a Refugee/Compassion Ministry Worker to share the love of Christ and the hope of the gospel with refugees from many nations—at least 50% of whom are Muslims and originate from 10/40 Window countries. Join with other like-minded refugee ministry workers and the local church (Austrian, ethnic, and international) to practically demonstrate God’s love and share the gospel in a wide variety of ways with refugees from many nations. Depending on your own spiritual gifts and passions, you might join in this outreach to refugees through any of the following (or other) ways: teaching English or German; evangelistic preaching; hosting game nights at refugee homes; friendship evangelism/discipleship; clothing distribution; tutoring in various subjects; advocating for refugees in various settings (i.e. government/school/legal/medical); leading/teaching Bible studies. Theologically/biblically grounded; commitment to start learning German; knowledge of Islamic culture/beliefs; interest/enjoyment/comfort mixing with people from a wide variety of cultural backgrounds; high level of commitment to the local church; team player; compassion; self-starter. Minimum Stay: 2 Years1397
Student / Youth Worker5 YearsOpenEuropeAustriaDo you have a heart for reaching youth with the gospel message? The Austria team is seeking a youth worker to reach out to Austrian youth, anywhere from Junior High age to University students, through evangelism and discipleship. The candidate would assist the Austria team in having an impact among Austrian youth for Christ and His Church. (Target age range determined by the candidate’s experience/interest.)Work through the local church in reaching out to youth. Responsibilities would include evangelism, discipleship, integrating youth into the local church, teaching, equipping Austrian youth to reach their friends for Christ, and possible partnership with on-campus faith organizations to organize outreach events.A people person with a heart for youth and the unique challenges they face; a good Bible knowledge and theological understanding; a growing godly character; experience working with youth; counseling skills (advantageous, but not required); flexibility; willingness to be a servant; teachable; self-discipline; self-motivated; creativity; endurance; ability and desire to work on a team; Master's degree strongly desired (at minimum or the clear plans to earn one); musical skills are a plus, but not required.1936

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Missionary Team

Janet Hocker

Teaching at the International Christian School of Vienna

Peter & Celeste Persson

Church development in Austria and regional leadership in Eastern Europe

Nathan & Bethany Johnson

Teaching, discipleship and church development in Austria

Terry & Donna Jean Schneider

Working with students at Liberty University

Dougg & Jake Custer

Regional Director for Europe and the Middle East

Evangelizing the Peoples of the World

With respect for people and their cultures, we communicate, by word and deed, the full scope of biblical truth and, especially, the gospel. We make disciples of Jesus Christ among all peoples through different kinds of evangelism..

Relationships Being Cultivated with Non-Believers

We seek to build and nurture authentic relationships with people who have no knowledge of Jesus Christ with whom we can share our faith. Paul asks, 'How are they to believe in the one they have not heard of?' Romans 10:14. The answer is that they can't. It is our desire for those who have never heard the gospel or never understood it to have the chance know God. Many times a true opportunity to hear the gospel requires an environment of trust and friendship first.

Scriptures: Matt 28:18-20, Rom 10:14, 1 John 4:19.


Decisions to Follow Christ

We recognize both the internal conversion of the heart and external profession of faith as milestones in the journey of obedience to Jesus Christ. We encourage new believers to identify themselves as Christ-followers in ways that are recognized as authentic in the local context.

Scriptures: Romans 10:10, Matthew 5:14-16, Eph. 4:20-24, Mark 16:15 .


Believers Baptized

Baptism is another external milestone in the journey of obedience for a new believer. We encourage new Christ-followers to further identified themselves with Jesus Christ and the local community of faith through baptism by immersion.

Scriptures: Romans 6:3-6, Galatians 3:27, Matthew 28:19-20.


People Engaged in Intentional Discipleship

We nurture reasonable steps taken to pursue spiritual growth and evangelism from Christians and non-Christians. This often looks like greater depth in comprehending biblical truths and expressing their growing faith in ways meaningfully in their own culture.

Scriptures: Hebrews 10: 24-25, Eph. 4:11-17, Matthew 28: 18-20.


Bible Verses Translated and Christian Resources Created or Translated

We actively invest time and talent into Bible translation and creation of Christian media knowing that these investments will expand and deepen the influence of the gospel in a culture.

Scriptures: Acts 2:8-11, Philippians 2:9-11, Acts 13:47-49, Acts 8:26-39.

Extending Grace

Following the example of Jesus, we address human suffering and practical needs everywhere we share the gospel, whether it be through individual acts of mercy or community-wide programs.

Helping People through Development Assistance

Lasting community development is only achieved by insiders. Meaning, we assisted people in their own development efforts in the areas of acquiring sustainable food, water, shelter, literacy, vocational training, education, and employment. Our explicit goal is empowerment, dignity, and community ownership.

Scriptures: Deuteronomy 10:18, 1 Samuel 2:8, Psalm 145:15-16, Luke 12:33.


People Provided with Medical & Health Assistance

The grace and blessing of medical care where there is no other access to medical help is one of the longest standing outreaches of WorldVenture. Our hospitals and rural clinics dot some of the most difficult locations in the world.

Scriptures: Jeremiah 33:6, Isaiah 40:29, Matt 19:2.


Justice for those in Illegal, Immoral, & Dangerous Circumstances

We seek out those who have become vulnerable and fallen to the advantage of other people. We advocate for them within available legal systems, or we build exits and avenues for them to leave their circumstances.

Scriptures: Isaiah 43:2, Psalm 72:4, Isaiah 51:4-5, Ezekiel 34:15-16, Psalm 82:3-4.


Helping People Directly through Disaster Relief

In large scale disasters which are within locations we have workers and churches, we bring help directly to the people effected by the disaster. Our networks are often the most established in the communities to the point that larger relief organizations will defer to us on the ground. Yet our strategies always extend past the immediate response to include some form of rebuilding and restoration.

Scriptures: 1 Cor 16:1-4, Psalm 145:15-16, Philippians 4:19.


Establishing Churches

Building his church is central to Jesus’ purposes. We strive to establish healthy local churches that will establish other churches, resulting in church planting movements.

New Churches Established

Recognizing that church planting is typically more of a process rather than a one-time event, we speak of a church as being "established" when the local church and its local sister churches recognize it as such. We value real growth of the church, and use milestones like this to give us benchmarks to celebrate.

Scriptures: Matthew 28:18-20, Romans 15:20-21, Matthew 18:20, 1 Timothy 4:13, Acts 16:4-5.


Daughter Churches Established

 Another milestone we encourage as a mark of a maturing church is the multiplication of daughter churches. More than anything this is a sign of the outward growth and maturity of the faith community.

Scriptures: Matthew 28:18-20, Acts 16:4-5, Romans 15:20-21, Ephesians 2:19-22.


Equipping Leaders

We develop leaders who are able to lead others in contextualizing and maximizing their Kingdom impact – locally, regionally, and around the world.

Leaders Being Trained for Ministry through Formal Contexts

Leadership Development

Our workers staff numberous formal seminaries and bible schools as teachers or administrators. We know that people being equipped in and for ministry through formal degree/diploma granting institutions is an investment in the future health and vitality of the church.

Scriptures: Proverbs 2:10-11, Luke 2:45-47, Proverbs 1:1-7.


Leaders being Trained for Ministry through Non-Formal Contexts

Leadership Development

In addition to formal academic training, we encourage leadership development through non-formal ministry training seminars, courses, and programs. These programs are equally as powerful for deepening and establishing churches through informed and mature lay leaders.

Scriptures: Psalm 32:8, Psalm 119:105, John 10:3-4.


TCKs (Third Culture Kids) being Equipped

Experience has taught us that some of the most natural and effective future missionaries come from the children of our current missionaries. Not only does the investment in these children make it possible for their parents to work in remote locations, most of the international schools in which we partner encourage the personal ministry and impact these children can have while on the field.

Scriptures: Deuteronomy 4:9, Matthew 18:2-5, 1 Timothy 4:12.


"360º Leaders" being Equipped

Our 360° vision for impacting societies recognizes that there are a handful of key roads to impacting in any given city or provence or people group. For example, business and media are key influencers in a society, but often fall outside designated leadership tracks like pastors and teachers. We encourage the development of Christian leaders who will influence society through business, politics, medicine, media, social justice, and family and community development.

Scriptures: John 17:15-19, Colossians 3:23-24, 1 Corinthians 14:12, Romans 12:6-8, Matthew 25:23.


Encouraging Mission Movements

We will encourage individuals, churches, and church movements everywhere to connect with each other and other organizations, creating international relationships for networking, collaborating, and partnering to do missions “from everywhere to everywhere.”

National Christians Preparing to Become Missionaries

We encourage the natural progression of a maturing national church by advocating for the training and development of national Christians to become missionaries. Crossing-cultures is always difficult, even for those who are born and raised in multi-lingual, multi-cultural environments, and preparation can be a key element in the succeess of a national missionary.

Scriptures: Psalm 144:1, Galations 3:28, Psalm 32:8, Isaiah 61:1.


National Churches Engaged in Cross-Cultural Missions

In addition to individuals going out as missionaries, we encourage national churches to engage in missions.

Scriptures: Romans 10:15, John 15:1-27, Matthew 9:35-38.


National Church Groups Engaged in Cross-Cultural Missions

From the individual to the church and then finally to the multi-church association, we encourage many national church groups and church associations to engaged in missions. We seek a culture of outward movement and self-sacrifice as a healthy part of a national church.

Scriptures: 2 Corinthians 8:1-7, 2 Corinthians 9:10-12, Romans 10:15.




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