Europe is home to approximately 80 Unreached and Unengaged People Groups (UUPGs) with populations higher than 25,000. Language, culture, government, and/or other factors have isolated those people groups from hearing the gospel message and responding to the invitation, “Follow me.” Who will Embrace these people groups, planting churches where they are welcomed? Our goal is to have these people groups engaged by Embrace church planters within the next 3 years. The IMB will walk beside you as you enter this missionary commitment.
Europe is the cradle of Christianity. The Apostle Paul and his team preached Christ in Philippi (Acts 16:12ff), and the church that had its beginning in Palestine became a growing movement of churches in Europe. History took its toll on the institutional church, however. Many church buildings are scattered across the continent, but the church in Europe is generally not on an evangelistic mission to make Christ known.
Europe has witnessed the mass migration of people groups from their homeland to countries of greater peace or abundance. Some people groups number in the hundreds of thousands in nations outside their homelands. These immigrant people groups take their home culture, language, and religion with them. They learn the language of their new home so that they can work and the children can be educated, but hearts are still in the home country. Their home contains the memory of their family, even as it becomes a mixture of the old and the new realities. They may remain cultural outsiders in their new country for several generations.
Existing churches in the new land have often not recognized the “mission field” that has come to them. They continue their ecclesiastical life programmed for their aging congregation, with no missionary zeal for those outside. Who will be obedient to the commission of God to “disciple all nations,” especially a UUPG that God will lay upon their heart?
Have you indicated your commitment?
If you have not previously indicated your church’s commitment to embrace or to explore the possibility of embracing an unengaged, unreached people group, please do that here. This is not the same as the celebration covenant (see expectations). This is only making a commitment to explore the possibility.
Still have questions?
Please don’t hesitate contacting us. We’ll help walk you through what it might mean for your church to embrace an unreached and unengaged people among Europeans.