Assemblies of God News
Pentecostals eye Berlin for outreach
Tue, 26 Nov 2002 - 12:58 PM CST
Every three years, Pentecostal leaders in Europe gather in a
designated city to learn how to become better pastors. In the
the triennial conference has been geared to encourage
church personnel on the continent.
But Pentecostal Europe Fellowship leader Ingolf Ellssel, who is
president of the German Pentecostal Movement, believes it is
Ellssel notes that past European differences of customs, border
crossings and even currency have been resolved. Likewise, he
theological walls of discord, disassociation and denominational
passport controls are in decline. Thus, the Europe Arise
scheduled for June 5-9, 2003, in Berlin will be the first
evangelistic conference of its kind designed to impact a city.
"Although the U.S. Assemblies of God has not been involved in
conference in the past, Ingolf Ellssel made an intentional
to include us," said U.S. Assemblies of God Europe Regional
Greg Mundis. "We have accepted the invitation wholeheartedly."
Ellssel addressed the U.S. A/G missionaries in Europe last year
retreat in Spain. The missionaries have contributed $15,000 to
defray the costs of the conference.
Morning sessions will focus on equipping workers for
Neighborhood evangelistic outreaches will take place in the
afternoon. The evening sessions will feature evangelistic
followed by youth concerts. German evangelist Reinhard
international ministry Christ for All Nations is based in Frankfurt,
will be guest speaker in the evening services.
"Our goal is that a great number of people will hear the gospel,
receive Christ as their Savior and be integrated into local
to be discipled," said Steve Walent, Central Europe area director
for the U.S. Assemblies of God.
Berlin, a city of 4 million, has only half a dozen German
Pentecostal churches. The U.S. Assemblies of God, which
cooperation with the German Pentecostal Movement, has
sections of the city for outreaches to be led by three new
missionaries who are already learning the language and culture.
Butrin is planning to start an English-speaking international
church; Chuck Kackley will start a German-speaking church in
Berlin; and Kirk Priest will begin a German-speaking Students
Christ outreach in East Berlin.
"We are already planning and scheduling many different MAPS,
other student teams to come and minister, not just during the
conference but throughout the summer to make sure these new
ministries have a good foundation in this planting phase,"
"You can't plant a church in a weekend," Mundis said. In the past
two years, the U.S. Fellowship has appointed 16 missionaries to
Germany, including church planters, youth workers and
outreach personnel. There are four dozen A/G missionaries in
nation of 83 million. "We believe God has something special in
for this spiritually neglected and needy part of the world," Walent
"Europe Arise is a wonderful opportunity to deepen cooperation
Pentecostals in Europe as well as make a difference in a city,"