Germany is a key player in European politics, primarily due to its wealth and size. Thousands of immigrants and political refugees flood into Germany from all over Europe.
The church is widely seen as irrelevant in today's culture. Although 70% of all Germans would call themselves Christians, only 45% believe in God and less than 10% go to church. More than half of German Christians are over the age of 50. Those between the ages of 18 and 50 are leaving the established churches in the greatest numbers. While Christianity has become less popular, New Age philosophies, the occult, and satanism are on the increase. Without active, Spirit-filled churches or organizations to help battle the downward slide, moral standards and family values are decaying faster than in the USA.
OC's role in Germany is multi-faceted. We are engaged in research and networking for church planting and sports outreach, as well as leadership training focused on pastors and laity. Also, some of our missionaries serve at Black Forest Academy, a boarding school primarily for the children of missionaries serving in Europe, the Middle East, Central Asia and North Africa.
Kompass (OCI Germany): www.kompass-ev.net
Black Forest Academy: www.bfacademy.com