germany / europe

Spiritual Climate

Germany is a nation with hurting youth. The second leading cause of death of 15-29 year olds is suicide and horrific crimes are on the rise. With the occult, satanism and New Age gaining increasing popularity, there is a desperate cry for focused ministry for Germany's young people.

Ground-Level Perspectives

The spiritual climate of Germany is that of decay. There is a rich evangelical history in Germany, but the Lutheran churches are mostly empty except during festival weekends. Church is a cultural centerpiece rather than a place to meet with God. Many Germans are atheists, agnostic, or nominally Catholic or Protestant.
— Jill Musick

Missionary vision has never been outstanding, although German evangelicals have proportionately been solid missionary senders.
— Operation World

The decline of Christianity has drawn believers together. Prayer movements are forming and spreading as are city- and region-wide unity initiatives among churches, a revitalized spirituality and an openness to a new way of “doing faith”.
— Operation World

Many places in Germany are still saturated with profound spiritual darkness resulting from the evil works and totalitarian control of the nazis -- you can actually feel this darkness in places like Berlin. Slipping morality, pervasive materialism, and dwindling spiritual depth all point to a culture desperately in need of the Gospel.
— Andrew Finzel

More about Germany

A Couple Raw Facts


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The Free Churches have a higher proportion of evangelicals, but they constitute only 1% of Germany’s population.s

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Germany is Europe's strongest economy.

 

History & Future

Entered
1981

WorldVenture History in Germany

WorldVenture’s team members in Germany are involved in two distinct areas of ministry 1) short-term ministries coordination and 2) MK / Christian school education. The members involved in short-term ministries coordination serve in Germany and throughout Europe. The team members involved in MK/Christian school education serve at Black Forest Academy: an education center that serves children from 45 countries throughout Europe, Asia, the former Soviet Union and elsewhere.

Today &
Tomorrow

Germany Team Goals

The goal of WorldVenture members serving at Black Forest Academy in Germany is to continue to minister through education and to take advantage of opportunities for outreach through Bible studies and camp activities. The goals of WorldVenture members involved in short-term ministry coordination is to 1) assist churches from around the world, and in Europe, to develop partnerships that promote effective ministry, 2) to help develop short-term ministry opportunities for individuals and churches and 3) to reach out to the local community with the love of Christ.

5 Global
Objectives

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

 

FOOD & HOUSING

Traditional German food is hearty; staples of the German diet are sauerkraut, weinerschnitzel, potatoes (kartolffeln) with a side of one of the many beers from across the country.
— Anonymous

COMMUNITY

In German culture, disguising true feelings is prevalent. It takes a long time to really know a German.
— Jill Musick

 

WEATHER & ENVIRONMENT

The weather in Germany could roughly be compared to the weather in Southern Indiana. The winters are usually drawn out quite a bit longer than anywhere in the States but the summers are usually very nice. One very good thing about Germany is you do not have to worry about major tornadoes, hurricanes etc.
— TripAdvisor

 

LANGUAGE & CULTURE

Never knew before what eternity was made for. It is to give some of us a chance to learn German.
— Mark Twain


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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How German Christmas markets came to the UK - BBC News

BBC News

How German Christmas markets came to the UK
BBC News
Bratwurst, gluehwein, and gingerbread: how has the German-style Christmas market become a key attraction in city centres all over the UK? While Christmas markets go back to medieval Germany, they are a relatively recent addition to the British consumer ...


Sunday, December 21, 2014 4:59:19 AM

Anti-Islam 'Pegida' march in German city of Dresden - BBC News

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Anti-Islam 'Pegida' march in German city of Dresden
BBC News
"There's freedom of assembly in Germany, but there's no place for incitement and lies about people who come to us from other countries,'' Mrs Merkel said in Berlin. "Everyone [who attends] needs to be careful that they are not taken advantage of by the ...


Monday, December 15, 2014 3:31:05 PM

Amazon workers strike in Germany as Christmas nears - BBC News

BBC News

Amazon workers strike in Germany as Christmas nears
BBC News
Strikes have begun at Amazon distribution depots in Germany in a dispute over pay and conditions. Five of the online retailer's nine centres have reportedly been affected in what will be a three-day walk-out. The strikes come in the run-up to Christmas ...


Monday, December 15, 2014 4:42:56 AM

'Speak German at home' row as conservatives target migrants - BBC News

BBC News

'Speak German at home' row as conservatives target migrants
BBC News
German official data shows that Turks formed the largest foreign-born group in Germany in 2013 (1.5m), followed by Asians, non-EU Europeans (including Russians and Bosnians), and immigrants from EU members Poland and Italy. In comments to the BBC, Paul ...


Monday, December 08, 2014 4:34:37 PM

Tugce Albayrak funeral: Thousands mourn in Germany - BBC News

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Tugce Albayrak funeral: Thousands mourn in Germany
BBC News
Tugce Albayrak was beaten by one of the men in the city of Offenbach and was in a coma for two weeks before her life support was switched off on Friday. The funeral took place on Wednesday at a mosque in Waechtersbach in central Germany.


Wednesday, December 03, 2014 6:30:33 AM

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Opportunities

Opportunity TitleMinimum StayMaximum StayWorld AreaCountryOppSummaryOppResponsibilitiesOppRequirementsOppID
English Camp Staff2 Weeks1 MonthEuropeGermanyEvery year hundreds of European youth eagerly attend Christ-focused English Camps in Germany. You can make a difference in the lives of these teens by serving as an English camp staff member. These camps are a fun combination of English classes, games, and Bible study. Your life will be changed by this exciting 2-week trip and so will the lives of European teens as many of them hear the Gospel for the first time. Length of service is 2 weeks to 1 month.Staff Positions: Head Cook, Assistant Cook, Male & Female Camp Counselor, Activities Coordinator, English TeacherStaff members should demonstrate: a growing personal relationship with Jesus Christ; a desire to make a difference in the lives of European youth; be actively involved in their own local church fellowship. This opportunity is available between mid-July to mid-August.1699
MK/International School Faculty and Staff1 YearLifetimeEuropeGermanyJoin Black Forest Academy in providing a quality, Christian education focusing on biblical thought, character and action.Current needs: Elementary: Art, PE, Principal; High School: AP Biology, Art, English, French, German, Spanish, Independent Living, Industrial Art, Science; Other Staff: Chef and Food Service Manager, Director of Recruitment and Personnel, Dorm Parents, ELL, Financial Officer, Guidance Counselor, IT, Male Resident Assistants. See website for more information: www.bfacademy.comCommitted to the Great Commission. Mature, Christian role model. Experienced and qualifed. People "sent out" by their home church, receiving prayer and financial support from friends, churches and family. 1928

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Projects

Missionary Team


Chris & Chrissy Bryan

Teaching missionary children at Black Forest Academy in Germany


Tim & Joy Watson

Reaching and equipping leaders


Katrina Custer

Serving/Teaching/Mentoring TCK's in Germany


David & Catherine Love

Mobilizing cross-cultural servants around the globe


Michael & Sabina Tackett

Teaching at Black Forest Academy


Jeff & Kathy Benjamin

Serving in bilingual Christian education in Germany at Black Forest Academy

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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