Over a thousand European church leaders are anticipated to assemble in Berlin next year for a significant evangelistic conference organised by The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.
This event is part of a legacy of mission-focused gatherings in Europe, including the inaugural World Congress on Evangelism in Berlin in 1966, the 1974 Lausanne conference, and three strategic evangelism congresses in Amsterdam in 1983, 1986, and 2000.
President of the UK-based ministry Churches in Communities International, Dr. Hugh Osgood, said: "The church in Europe needs to rise with renewed confidence. The European Congress on Evangelism will be a source of inspiration, strength, and confidence in the Gospel that will empower us to do just that. Let's seize this opportunity to come together and advance God's kingdom."
While the list of speakers for the congress is yet to be confirmed, the central theme will revolve around Romans 1:16, which encourages believers to proclaim the Gospel without hesitation.
Participation is strictly by invitation and limited to individuals with European citizenship who are actively engaged in ministry in Europe.
Dr Per Ewert, Director of the Swedish Christian think tank, The Clapham Institute, highlighted, "In the 21st century, Europe is witnessing two concurrent trends: the ongoing influence of secular individualism and a growing resistance to this philosophy and its consequences for society and individuals. It is crucial to proclaim the Good News about Jesus Christ in a culture in need of moral and spiritual foundations, peace, and agape love."