Germany has a rich but distant history of mission leadership over the centuries, from the work of various Catholic orders to the impact of Luther’s reformation. Unfortunately, in the last 100 years, Christianity has lost much of its credibility due to a watered-down Gospel, the impact of two world wars, and pervasive humanistic thinking. To many, the Church is an irrelevant, cultural artifact of the past.

In Germany today:

  • Less than 5% of the nation attends a local churches on Sunday
  • Only 2% of the youth call on Jesus as their Savior
  • The average age of an active churchgoer is over 50 years old
  • Over a million refugees have entered the country since 2015

George's Ministry
The main focus of the Georges’ ministry in Germany is to mentor and help church leaders discover God’s deeper calling for themselves and their churches, ultimately seeking the multiplication of disciples in this heavily unchurched population. As they come alongside church leaders, they hope their fellowships will re-discover discipleship and evangelism in the region, particularly among younger generations. This may mean newer forms of church and outreach into communities as they explore how discipleship multiplication could be started.

In addition, they are pursuing Gospel partnerships across European nations. They seek to build bridges between Western and Eastern Europe, including ministry trips from Germany to Hungary and Serbia, giving German partners the opportunity to support the work of the Church among eastern neighbors.

The George family first served 7 years with CRM in Hungary within the CoNext Partner "Barnabas Group." In 2011 they moved to southwest Germany, where they were invited by the German Free Evangelical Denomination to partner in church development and church planting efforts in the Black Forest region. Rob works regularly with their local church in Kandern and participates in various pastor and church planter circles in the State of Baden-Württemberg.

Harter's Ministry
The Harter family moved to Kandern, Germany in 2013. They work to reach the unreached through supporting the development of new and creative forms of church for a large segment of society that may never step foot in a traditional church.

Germany is also in the midst of a great need from the influx of refugees entering the country. The numbers continue to grow and the Harters are finding more and more ways to get involved, through things like collection of clothing for those in need locally, participating with a bicycle repair ministry, and leading an effort to supply Christmas gifts to all the children in our local refugee centers. They see God's hand at work in all this as he brings people to their back yard. The Harters’ role in all of these settings is to come alongside Christian leaders and local believers in order to encourage, support, and mentor them to fulfill their calling within their ministry. They value working in partnership with the people in their community rather than just being outsiders. In addition, the Harters lead short-term mission teams throughout Europe in order to serve local ministries and give others a new perspective on God’s kingdom.

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