ireland / europe

Spiritual Climate

Although there has been radical change and progress in the political world during the last generation, Ireland was devastated by the sex abuse scandals in the Catholic church which was a very respected, trusted organization. Muslim numbers are increasing more rapidly than evangelicals. The number of youth captured by alcoholism, suicide and broken families is gaining rapid momentum. There is an immediate need for intentional, holistic ministry to specific people and age groups.

Ground-Level Perspectives

The move of the Holy Spirit in the last decades changed Ireland from rigid Catholicism to a spiritually dynamic land where new fellowships are rapidly forming.
— Operation World

Transformation has rapidly overtaken Ireland, led by the economic boost of EU membership, heavy foreign investment in a well-educated, English-speaking workforce, and increased contact with Europe and the world. But this new affluence has benefitted only some, and many were left downcast from the effects of the recession. This shift has also radically affected immigration/demographics, spirituality and culture.
— Operation World

More about Ireland

A Couple Raw Facts

Church Illustration

The Catholic Church has no official link with the state. Though it had a massive influence over everyday life in the past, this influence is waning rapidly..

Evangelical Illustration

Muslim numbers are increasing faster than evangelicals. They are an ethnically diverse immigrant population, poised to continue rapid growth.


History & Future


WorldVenture History in Ireland

Although most Irish consider nondenominational and independent religious groups to be cults, they do recognize Baptists to be a legitimate church organization. WorldVenture's work in the country began when the Association of Irish Baptist Churches located in Northern Ireland asked for partners to help in the planting of churches in the Republic of Ireland. Efforts have focused on church planting and development, evangelism, discipleship, leadership training and theological training.

Today &

Ireland Team Goals

A divided country and ongoing violence involving religious beliefs have taken a toll on hearts in Ireland. In addition, a cloud of secular, postmodern darkness has begun to spread from continental Europe. Many are lost in atheism, materialism, New Age beliefs, and indifference to sin. There is a hunger for lasting peace. It is the goal of WorldVenture's team in Ireland to continue bringing the light of the gospel to the Irish through friendship evangelism, Bible studies, and encouragement of the few small Baptist churches scattered throughout the land.

5 Global

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








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.

ireland source:bbc - Google News
Scotland confirm Northern Ireland visit to Hampden in March - BBC Sport

Scotland confirm Northern Ireland visit to Hampden in March
BBC Sport
Scotland will face Northern Ireland in a friendly at Hampden Park on 25 March, the Scottish FA has confirmed. The two home nations are on Euro 2016 qualification duty four days later. Gordon Strachan's side host Gibraltar on Sunday 29 March and Michael ...
Gordon Strachan: Scotland to play Northern Ireland in March

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 1:12:50 PM

RWC 2015: Wales face Ireland and Italy in warm-up matches - BBC Sport

BBC Sport

RWC 2015: Wales face Ireland and Italy in warm-up matches
BBC Sport
Wales and Ireland have confirmed the dates on which they will face each other ahead of the 2015 World Cup. As well as hosting Ireland on Saturday, 8 August and going to Dublin on Saturday, 29 August, Italy face Wales in Cardiff on Saturday, 5 September.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 7:39:44 AM

Australian Jason Gillespie backs Ireland for full Test status - BBC News

Australian Jason Gillespie backs Ireland for full Test status
BBC News
Former Australia fast bowler Jason Gillespie has called for Ireland to be elevated to Test-cricket status. Gillespie, now head coach of Yorkshire, believes the move would reward Ireland's performances in limited-overs internationals and provide a ...

Monday, December 15, 2014 1:55:31 PM

Why is Irish language divisive issue in Northern Ireland? - BBC News

BBC News

Why is Irish language divisive issue in Northern Ireland?
BBC News
But why is the Irish language such a divisive issue between the largest power-sharing partners and the latest touchstone in Northern Ireland's culture war? This year's nursery class at Beann Mhadagáin primary school in west Belfast contains some of the ...

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 6:38:50 AM

Northern Ireland talks need dose of realism - Danny Kennedy - BBC News

BBC News

Northern Ireland talks need dose of realism - Danny Kennedy
BBC News
Ulster Unionist Danny Kennedy has said unless there is a "dose of realism" inter-party talks "are going nowhere". He was speaking as discussions continue at Stormont House over finance, welfare reform and other unresolved issues. On Tuesday night, Sinn ...

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 6:52:52 AM

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Opportunity TitleMinimum StayMaximum StayWorld AreaCountryOppSummaryOppResponsibilitiesOppRequirementsOppID
Church Planter/Evangelist8 YearsLong-TermEuropeIrelandWork as part of a team in establishing a church in Galway.Minister in evangelism and discipleship and be involved in leadership training, especially among the Irish in Galway, reaching to the rest of the country and beyond. There is huge church planting potential in this region which is known as the New Age Capital of Ireland. Half the present population is under 25 years of age and more open to the Gospel than generations past.Must have a burden to reach the Irish people and have strong baptistic convictions with a commitment to the local church. Must be a team player that is culturally relevant. Must be relational and people orientated. Previous church planting experience desired. Master degree in Bible or willingness to commit to completing a Masters in a ministry related area. Music ability would be helpful. Vision trip required.1064
Leadership Development Trainer1 YearLifetimeEuropeIrelandLeadership Development Trainer: especially training people to work with children and youth. Work with a church planting team especially with view to training people to work in areas of children's and youth mininistries.Either professional experience in this field or Masters degree that would be compatible with training children and youth workers. Preferred married but could be single with the minimum age of 25. A vision trip is required. Will need to take an Irish (Gaelic) course but will not need to be at all fluent. This will help enable understanding and relating better to Irish culture. The yearly field expense for a Mid-termer or Career would be the same. 1825

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Missionary Team

Michael & Debbie Bannon

Making, serving and training Christ’s ambassadors to the nations from Ireland

Kirk & Sandlin Poth

Serving in church planting, evangelism and
theological training ministry in Ireland

Michael & Ramel Wilson

Leading Irish people to Christ and helping them grow to be like Him.

Tim & Joan Cumings

Serving through church planting and evangelism in Ireland

Matthew & Pam Boardwell

Introducing the Irish to a living faith in Jesus.

Chris & Joi Copeland

Working in Ireland to restore a living and active faith in Jesus.

Jason & Mandy Post

Friendship outreach, church planting, and leadership training in Ireland

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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