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 Protestant people call themselves ‘Christians’, but most of them 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 OM workers or rejoining ex-OM workers to the mission field 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 together up to 4400 teenagers and youth workers from all over Europe.
From 2004 on we started with our three outreach teams: the Xenos team, Team North and Team Halle as well as the “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.
• What we do
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.
- The Xenos team (Greek: for stranger) works with immigrants, asylum seekers and refugees in the south of Germany. They have rented a café, where they offer regular services in different languages, kids’ programmes, German language classes and all kinds of practical assistance. The team seeks to plant a church among those who come to the Lord through its ministry.
- Team North in Hamburg moved in 2010 to a strongly secularized, socially troubled suburb of Hamburg. Together with another churches and local Christians they plant a church there, get in contact with people, help in social work with children and work with refugees.
- Team Halle in Halle/Saale works very closely with a local church. Together with this church they renovated the Lichthaus (Lighthouse), which opened in October 2012. The Lichthaus is a community centre in the inner city, hosting a professional café, offering different concerts and art exhibitions and many other means for locals to get in touch with the love of God.
- The Missions Discipleship Training Germany is a one-year programme for young people between 18-25 years of age. The vision is “to challenge and equip young people to maintain a close relationship with Jesus and to live a missional life without compromise”. This is achieved through teaching, practical outreaches, mentoring and living in community.
- Since the large influx of refugees in Germany since September 2015, OM Germany wants to invite and support German Christians and churches to help refugees. This happens with praying for the whole situation, making the ministry amongst refugees possible and being active in person.
• How you can get involved
Pray for the churches in Germany, especially as we reach the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s reformation in 2017.
Pray for our church planting ministries in Hamburg and at the Xenos team. Pray for all the people that get to know Jesus through our ministries.
Pray that many German Christians get mobilised for missions, that they support workers and world mission and that they make Jesus known in the country.
Contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
or visit our website www.om.org/de
. Please join us in equipping the Church in Germany to help fulfil the Great Commission.
More information about Germany
- State of economy: biggest national economy in Europe, fourth biggest national economy in the world
- Religious make up: 34% nondenominational, 30% Catholic, 29% Protestant, 2,6 Muslims, 2,1 Evangelical
- Personality of the culture/people: Germans are usually very direct and say what they think. They are well organized and structured, reliable and diligent, but tend to worry in an exaggerated dimension. Germans love their cars, beer and soccer, especially their national team.
- Spiritual needs: The three biggest missionary challenges for the church in Germany are: how to reach the quickly growing number of immigrants and refugees, how to communicate the gospel to the postmodern, secular majority of Germans, and how to share the good news with the many atheists in the post-communist society of East Germany.