Germany... the land of thinkers and philosophers and the birthplace of Martin Luther. In
2017 Germany celebrates 500 years of Luther’s reformation—may this be an occasion for
many to turn back to God.
In Germany a church building can be found in almost every village and town. In many villages the local church is the largest and most beautiful building, but most of these churches are empty and unused. The registered Catholic and Protestants call themselves ‘Christians’, but the most are nominal Christians. Atheism, Esotericism and Materialism are the growing 'religions' in Germany.
Germany is a country that was broken by the horrors of the second world war, but a country that found new life in the economic boom of the 1960’s and 70’s. It was that economic boom that made Germany one of the strongest economic powers of the 20th century.
Germany was long divided by the Cold War, split into eastern and western sectors by the allied forces. But it was reunited after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. Germany has a land mass of 357.144 km² and a population of 82.3 million, of which 75.5 million hold German citizenship. This makes Germany one of the most densely populated countries in the world!
In 1972, OM began working in Germany. Since 1982, the OM Germany home office has been
operating from a 200-year-old former mill in the town of Mosbach in southwest Germany,
close to Heidelberg. The building, which also operates as a Christian conference centre, is
affectionately known as the “Mill”. It also gave home to the first Ships office on shore.
As a home office and sending field we send finances and more than 80 new OMers or re
joining Ex-OMers to the OM world every year. In the 1990ies, we had two teams working for
a number of years in Berlin – a church planting team in the East of the city and a training
team working among Turkish immigrants.
Since 1993, we host the yearly TeenStreet Europe event. From a meeting with 56´
participants, TeenStreet grew into a major discipling and mobilizing opportunity, bringing
about up to 4400 teenagers and youth workers from all over Europe and beyond together
In Germany, a church building can be found in almost every village and town. In many
villages the local church is the largest and most beautiful building, but many of these
churches are empty and unused. The registered Catholic and Protestants call themselves
'Christians', but the most are nominal Christians. Atheism, Esotericism and Materialism are
the growing 'religions' in Germany.´
From 2004 on we started with our three outreach teams, the Xenos team,T team North and Team Halle as well as “Missions Discipleship Training Team”. With our ministry teams we want to respond to the challenges in Germany and reach out to people in Germany. The challenge is far too big to be tackled by three small teams, but we desire to set an example in missional ministry to inspire the churches in Germany to reach those out of reach of regular church activities.
OM Germany has three divisions. Together, their purpose is to mobilize churches and individual Christians in Germany into missions. We want to inspire, equip and train them for a missional life which is sustainable, both in Germany and worldwide.
Corporate Services: To make missions possible
By taking care of the organisational, logistic and administrative tasks of OM Germany as a home office and conference centre, this division makes the ministry of OM in Germany and beyond possible.
Partner Relations: To mobilize for missions
This division mobilizes Christians in Germany to pray, give and go for and into missions by communicating OM’s message in numerous ways and by giving opportunities for short-term campaigns.
Mission in Germany: To inspire and train for missions
The outreach teams and the Missions Discipleship Training seek to go fresh ways in reaching our generation for Christ – being both an inspiration to many and giving training opportunities to some.
For stories on OM Germany’s ministry, take a look here: http://news.om.org/country-news/de