Low access to the gospel
if you want to be a leader, be a bridge.
The mission field is obvious. Missionary videos and materials portray certain groups’ exotic clothing and unique rituals, and we see huge cultural groups in need of a prophetic witness of Jesus.
But there is another less obvious group not represented in our traditional image of missions: secular people. Like the cultural groups often envision when we think of missions, secular people are made in God's image yet lost. They look like your neighbor, sit next to you at the soccer game, or serve your coffee at the café.
Our biggest challenge is access. Because evangelical Christians make up less than 3 percent of Europe's population (and much less in many places), the secular European most likely lives his or her entire life never meeting a Christian.
Excluded, endangered, trafficked
Throughout Europe, there are marginalized people everywhere, people that are socially excluded, stigmatized by society, and isolated from community.
90% of Europe's largest ethnic minority group, the Roma, live below the poverty line, many having little access to health care or education.
Millions of refugees have risked their lives to flee war, death, and persecution in their home countries, choosing to seek refuge in Europe. In spite of the challenges, many refugees are experiencing freedom of religion for the first time in their lives. For this reason, more refugees have come to Christ in Europe than the missionaries in the Middle East have seen in their lifetime of service.
More than 500,000 women are trafficked annually in Europe and forced into prostitution. The rise in human trafficking–compounded by the refugee crisis–has been called the greatest humanitarian crisis of our time.
The answer is the Church.
We believe the answer is the church of Jesus Christ.
Our mandates of standing with the marginalized and engaging the secularized are already a natural part of the life and ministry of our churches across Europe. But churches continue to lose ground as more churches close than open each year.
Statistically, it takes 86 church members a year to reach one person for Christ. Therefore, we must revitalize existing churches, and we must plant new church planting churches.
We continue to focus on church health, not church growth, believing that Gospel-driven, Christ-centered ministry will cultivate communities of faith that pray and seek God to reach their cities.