Our Work In Germany
The Country Luther Once Called Home
It’s been 500 years since Martin Luther posted his 95 Theses to the door of Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany. But the Reformation torch that set the world ablaze has grown dim in Germany today.
Decades after its political reunification, former East Germany ranked first on atheism with 52% declaring they don’t believe in God and only 8% professing a strong belief in God according to a 2008 study. While many of the Lutheran clergy do not believe in life after death, evangelical ministers find it difficult to openly preach the gospel in their own churches.
While the genuine Christian Church has declined in Germany, postmodernism, occult practices, and Eastern beliefs, are taking root and attract an ever-growing number of people. By UN estimates, as of 2017, some 12 million people living in Germany are immigrants (about 14.8% of the German population) among them many Muslims. They face increasing animosity and prejudice, especially in the eastern parts of Germany.
Clearly, the country Luther once called home is again in dire need of reformation and revival.
Pray for a return to genuine, biblical faith within the German Church and that the Lord would heal the deep divide among the various denominations. Pray for courage for born-again pastors to openly minister in their own churches and for God’s people to share the gospel to a growing Muslim community and refugees. Lastly, pray that God causes the ministries of the LifeGate pastors planting churches in Berlin to bear lasting fruit as they would boldly preach the Word of God to the German people.
Sources: Joshua Project - Operation World - Worldcrunch: Why Eastern Germany Is The Most Godless Place On Earth
Population 83.5 million — Evangelical Christian 2% — Ethnic people groups 91 — Unreached 31%