Throughout France, people are searching for hope. Most have limited knowledge of the Bible and do not look to the historic church as a source of hope. In cities with healthy churches, many people are finding faith in the person of Jesus Christ, but many regions of France have no evangelical presence. Church planters are needed!
The IMB team focused on reaching French nationals has the opportunity to opportunity to host a nationally recognized regional church-planting training center over the next two to five years along with creating a training scholarship program to encourage young French pastors, theology students, and lay leaders to learn from experienced church planters. Your gift will underwrite the costs for setting up the church planting center and provide scholarships and training for potential planters to taste and see the realities of pioneering work through training and visits with experienced coaches.
In addition, funds will be used to generate video resources to provide free tools online to small group leaders and French believers interested in growing their home groups through evangelism and gospel-centered ministry in their communities. France is currently experiencing unprecedented responsiveness to the gospel, so we desire to get them the tools they need! Young adults are a generation removed from the cultural Catholicism of their grandparents and the militant secularism of their parents, and they are in search of peace, security, wellness, and purpose. The Holy Spirit is moving among them! French evangelical leaders have launched a cross-denominational goal of planting churches to reach one of every 10,000 residents. With only one evangelical church for every 33,000 residents presently, new church planters are needed! Give today!
With 810 million people, 51 sovereign states and 200 spoken languages, Europe is rich in diversity and character. These distinct cultures create a continent of global influence through language, politics, finance, fashion, and food. Though diverse, the peoples of Europe do have one thing in common—more than 98% do not follow Jesus.
Instead of seeing Europe’s decidedly post-Christian culture as a hindrance, IMB teams see the potential of what God wants to do on and through this influential continent. Not only do Europeans need the hope of the gospel, making it a primary place for ministry, but the global reach of its cities also makes it a strategic place as well. Immigrants comprise more than 15% of the population of gateway cities such as London, Paris, Madrid and Vienna.
Through dreaming big and taking faith-filled risks, IMB teams are connecting with European nationals, sharing the gospel and training local leaders. Their aim is to develop strong local leadership in every city and province who will lead biblically faithful and reproducing churches. Churches that plant new healthy churches will send the gospel to the nations of the world from every borough, town and village of the beautifully diverse continent of Europe.