france / europe

Spiritual Climate

Beautiful scenery and a romantic atmosphere are key factors that makes France the world's foremost tourist destination. Unbeknownst to most tourists and lovers visiting France, is how widespread involvement in occult practices are by the locals. Evangelical Christians are scarce and few French have significant connection with active Christian faith. Committed, long term evangelism and discipleship is deeply needed especially for the younger, searching generation.

Ground-Level Perspectives

There seems to be a real interest in spiritual things, from the national media out to the person riding the metro.
— Blaine & Abigail Butcher

An encouraging growth of unity among evangelicals has emerged in recent years out of a history of division and lack of cooperation.
— Operation World

More about France

A Couple Raw Facts


Islam Symbol

Islam is now the second religion of France. Growth is largely through immigration and a higher birth rate, but there are an estimated 150,000 French converts to Islam, mostly via marriage.

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The sixth-largest economy in the world.

History & Future

Entered
1955

WorldVenture History in France

France represents a difficult mission field. Although it is one of the most cultured and sophisticated nations in the world, the hearts of the French people have been hardened to the gospel by 200 years of secularization, intellectualism, rationalism, a resurgence of the occult, individualism, and institutional Catholicism. The majority of the population shows little interest in Christianity except as a topic for philosophical discussion.

WorldVenture missionaries are working in partnership with a national Baptist church association to plant and develop dynamic churches. The cultural diversity in Paris and its suburbs has created a rich ethnic mix among these congregations. There is great potential for touching the nations through the French culture.

Today &
Tomorrow

France Team Goals

The vision of WorldVenture in France is to create an autonomous network of growing, self-reproducing evangelical churches, primarily in the Eastern suburbs of Paris. Goals include helping these new churches develop a vision for world evangelization, and encouraging them to reach the point where they are able to nurture and reproduce themselves without dependence on a missionary presence.

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

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COMMUNITY

Most stereotypes of French people were wrong, other than them being outstanding cooks. We've found the people of France to be warm, friendly and especially considerate.
— Blaine & Abigail Butcher

 

WEATHER & ENVIRONMENT

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LANGUAGE & CULTURE

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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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France shaken up by Zemmour and 'new reactionaries' - BBC News

BBC News

France shaken up by Zemmour and 'new reactionaries'
BBC News
There is a new intellectual force in France - giving shape and weight to ideas that challenge the disastrous post-1968 left-wing consensus. That at least is the hope of the so-called neo-reactionnaires (new reactionaries) - a loose group of writers and ...


Sunday, December 14, 2014 8:47:06 PM

Alberto Contador: I could have died in Tour de France crash - BBC Sport

Alberto Contador: I could have died in Tour de France crash
BBC Sport
By Matt Slater BBC Sport in Gran Canaria. Alberto Contador is not bitter about crashing out of this year's Tour de France because he knows it could have been worse: he might have died. The Spanish star broke his right tibia, or shinbone, during the ...


Tuesday, December 16, 2014 4:08:54 PM

France promises to fight anti-Semitism after attack - BBC News

BBC News

France promises to fight anti-Semitism after attack
BBC News
France's interior minister has vowed to make the fight against anti-Semitism a "national cause" following an attack on a Jewish couple last week. Bernard Cazenueve was addressing a rally in the Paris suburb of Creteil where the attack took place.


Sunday, December 07, 2014 9:27:35 AM

France crash: Alpha Jet hits home for disabled in Vouvray - BBC News

BBC News

France crash: Alpha Jet hits home for disabled in Vouvray
BBC News
A French air force jet has crashed into a home for disabled people in central France, killing one person and leaving several others injured, one seriously. French media said the Alpha Jet aircraft, which was on a training flight, came down in the town ...


Wednesday, December 10, 2014 9:02:49 PM

Thierry Henry: Former Arsenal and France striker retires - BBC News

BBC News

Thierry Henry: Former Arsenal and France striker retires
BBC News
Former Arsenal and France striker Thierry Henry has announced his retirement from football after a trophy-laden 20-year career. The 1998 World Cup winner, and Arsenal's all-time leading goalscorer, left New York Red Bulls this month but there was ...
Thierry Henry announces retirement


Tuesday, December 16, 2014 12:34:32 AM

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Projects

Missionary Team


Jonathan & Karen Finley

Serving in France training leaders for globalized ministry.


David & Joyce Dixon

Continuing to serve in France


Doug & Krista Livie

Serving with WorldVenture in France


Blaine & Abigail Butcher

Serving in evangelism and church planting in France


Jeremiah & Shaelagh Martin

Training pastors and leaders for ministry in France


Nicolas & Priscille Rinderknecht

Serving as IPMs in Paris, France.


Craig & Cynthia Davis

Making mature followers of Jesus, training faithful men and women to serve in the local church, and developing musicians for church ministrytrai


Benjamin & Amanda Owens

Serving in administration and church planting in France


Paul & Agnès Sanders

Serving in International Theological Education and consultation in France and beyond, as well as Compassion Ministries in Lebanon


Mark & Lisa DeNeui

Serving in leadership training in Europe

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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