Germany is full of gorgeous old churches, historical landmarks of spiritual significance, and has a history of faith revolutionists. However, the days of Martin Luther’s reformation are long gone. Communism persecuted and undermined the church, and we still see the effects today. For example, confessing Christ meant not being admitted to higher education, so even today believers are suspected to be uneducated, and faith is believed to be naive and unintelligent. After the reunification, the Protestant and Catholic state church spread into former East Germany with roughly 20% of the eastern German population belonging to the Protestant Church. However, faith in these state churches is usually nominal. And while we now see nativity scenes at Christmas and celebrations for Easter, the majority of eastern Germans have no idea what is being celebrated.
A recent study found that only 8% of eastern German teenagers believe in the existence of God. Church attendance is said to be one of the lowest in Europe with only 5% attending at least once a week. 88% of former East Germany’s population is thought to be atheist, making it one of the most atheistic regions in the world.
Former East German churches are working closely together to reach their cities. They desire to reach young people, but often lack effective ideas and manpower. As soon as financial support is raised, the first Josiah Venture team will begin ministering in Leipzig, where churches are eager to partner with the JV mission.