64% of Germany’s population belongs to a church, yet only 6% attend. This leaves young people with no spiritual and moral anchor. The need to reach teenagers has never been greater.
Germany, the land of Luther, may seem in spiritual decline. Yet youth movements, house churches, and the increase of visionary young leaders demonstrate a hunger for spiritual truth among younger generation Germans.
Lothar Jung, Andreas Schmidt, Markus Bartsch, Friedrich Troeps, Daniel Platte, and Jens Kehlen represent some of the visionary leaders who are implementing Jesus-Focused Youth Ministry in Germany.
Christliche Verlagesellschaft has published Reach Out’s books in German and leaders across Germany utilize these resources to reach and disciple students. A growing network of experienced youth leaders have come together in Germany, Austria and other surrounding countries. They equip younger generation leaders who mentor other youth leaders in Jesus-Focused Youth Ministry.
Four regions of Germany are implementing Jesus-Focused Youth Ministry. Reach Out continues to conduct Jesus-Focused Youth Ministry Forums throughout Germany. We will concentrate on mentoring young leaders and developing local church models across the country.
As a result, the German church will continue to grow as a fruit-bearing, multiplying movement that produces successive generations of well-equipped leaders who reach and disciple the younger generation.
Reach Out’s History in Germany
In 2006, Christliche Verlagesellschaft published most of Reach Out’s books in German. Barry introduced Jesus-Focused Youth Ministry to 700 youth leaders. Eric Ball spoke to 1,500 teenagers at a youth conference.
In 2007, Reach Out conducted a Jesus-Focused Youth Ministry Forum in Siegen, southern Germany.
In 2008, Eric Ball addressed 700 German youth leaders on “The Heart of a Youth Leader” and led a team that equipped twenty-five German leaders to implement Jesus-Focused Youth Ministry in their churches.
In 2009, Barry spoke to 1,100 teenagers on “Finding Yourself” and equipped twenty more youth leaders in Jesus-Focused Youth Ministry.
In 2010, Reach Out conducted a Jesus-Focused Youth Ministry Forum in Rendsburg, northern Germany. Markus and Anita Bartsch invited local youth leaders from surrounding Brethren churches and mentored them in implementation after the training.
In 2011-2012, led by Andreas Schmidt, Reach Out conducted a JFYM Forum in Reinsdorf, East Germany for thirty youth leaders from a region that was formerly behind “the Berlin Wall.” Also, Daniel Platte hosted a JFYM Forum in Besenfeld for seventy youth leaders representing over twenty churches from southern Germany.
Since 2013 Reach Out has halted our training endeavors in Germany due to a change in leadership and a resulting lack of interest. However, all training and resources are ready to engage as soon as a German leader steps forward.