Motivate, equip and send workers to Sweden, Europe and the least reached
Ministry opportunities in Sweden
Sweden is known as one of the most secularized country in the world, yet Swedish people have served with OM since the late 60’s.
The role of religion in the country has changed in recent decades as the influence of postmodernism, globalization and world religions have had an impact on the society during the past 50 years.
Sweden has one of the largest proportions of immigrants in Europe; almost 15 percent of the population of 9.8 million people. Many ministry opportunities are available thus increased immigration has contributed to the growth of Islam and other religions in the country.
OM Sweden has an ongoing ministry that reaches out to immigrant youth, as well as church planting teams in areas with high density of immigrants. OM Sweden also has a unique ministry among Somalis, reaching out to Somalis in and outside Sweden, as well as equipping and empowering Somali believers.
Today, most Swedes have very little knowledge about religion though many claim to believe in a 'higher power'. Church attendance is declining and Christians are being marginalized. If this trend continues the last evangelical church in Sweden will close down in the beginning of 2050.
OM Sweden works together with churches and denominations to motivate, equip and send people locally and overseas to share the Gospel. We also receive international workers in order to equip them for ministry in Sweden and beyond.
We are currently ministering through:
Mobilizing, Mentoring & Discipleship
- Resourcing office – Team with administration, recruiting, finance and communication from where our resourcing work for local and global missions is led. Based in Jönköping.
- Presentation team – Our travelling team is meeting people in churches, Bible schools and conferences to motivate for missions and equip people to engage the world to share the good news.
- DisTincT – Our international discipleship training program of 3, 6 to 12 months based in Jönköping where studies, mentoring and outreach are all combined together to empower the students.
- Re:store – This is a ministry where we are selling products from OM projects around the world that prevent poverty, oppression and human trafficking. Re:store also serves as a place for integration and empowerment of marginalized and unemployed people in Sweden.
- Underground youth ministry – A relational team ministry right at the centre of a multicultural suburb in Jönköping. The team is running a youth centre in partnership with a church and the local authorities with the goal to build trust with and among the teens (and their families) to shape values and behaviours while praying 'let your kingdom come'.
- Church planting ministry - In partnership with local churches and denominations. Teams and workers are present in Stockholm and Gothenburg. More areas and cities have to follow.
- Somali ministries – A ministry team reaching out through social media, conferences and individual meetings to the growing Somali community in Sweden, Europe and beyond.
- New Age Outreach – Outreach through creative means to engage and share the good news with the New Age community in Sweden and beyond.
NEW! Relief and Development
- Refugee ministries - There are several new opportunities to reach out to refugees in different places of society.
- At refugee camps through language learning, games and relief help
- Through sports engaging with teens
- In churches by engaging with, praying for and sharing the Gospel with people
How you can get involved:
- Pray for the youth of Sweden. Most are thoroughly secularized and ignorant of biblical truth. Pray for more workers to make disciples among them.
- Pray for the growing immigrant community, for them to be well integrated into the Swedish society as well as getting to know Christ as their Saviour.
- Pray for Swedish churches to raise up and be the Light of the World.
More information about Sweden
- Population: 9.8 million (2015)
- Official language: Swedish
- State of economy: Member of the European Union since 1995. Stable economy with an almost constantly growing GDP rate since World War II.
- Religious make-up: Protestants 41%, other Christians 9%, Agnostics 30%, Atheist 13%, Muslims 3% (2005)
- State of the church: A recent survey (2014) indicates that only 8% of the Swedes attend any religious service regularly. 66% of the population are still members of the (former state) Church of Sweden, however only 20% of their church leaders consider themselves believers. Under 4% are members of an evangelical church. There is a growing awareness among the major evangelical denominations of the need to see new churches planted, and a number of church plants going on in the major cities.