Germany is a major economic and political power on the European continent and an historic leader in many cultural, theoretical and technical fields. Christianity is the largest religion in Germany, with 62 percent of the total population split between Protestants and Catholics. Most of those, however, have only a nominal involvement in faith, and more than 30 percent of the population is not affiliated with any church.
CMF is involved in transforming lives and communities in Germany through Unterwegs, the Globalscope campus ministry working in university cities.
German students, like others around the world, enter a phase of life where they deal with questions of identity, career, independence, and family. College is a time when they are listening to new ideas and forming the values that they will hold for the rest of their lives. Globalscope campus ministers work to assist students in finding ways to make the “good news” a part of their lives or helping them connect to God by acting as a bridge community with the local churches.
Each Unterwegs team uses a variety of activities to build an open community where university students can explore faith and what it means to follow Christ. These activities include weekly free meals, a free Café English for practice with native speakers, small Bible study groups and service projects with local charities.
CMF Church Catalyst workers in Germany have developed ministry partnerships with a variety of local organizations, including a church, a private school, and a refugee center.
The Kreuzkirche is a local church in the city of Tübingen that has been very supportive of the work of Unterwegs, our Globalscope campus ministry in the city. CMF missionaries now partner with the church to expand into ministry with new age groups through various relational ministries.
CMF missionaries also work in local organizations in Kandern, Germany, including a private school called Black Forest Academy where they teach and provide administrative support, and a local refugee center where CMF missionaries help support refugees who have been displaced due to political unrest, human rights violations, war, and religious persecution.
A university city in southern Germany, Tübingen is the location of the first Globalscope ministry in this country. The town is dominated by students who attend one of the country’s most famous and oldest universities, the Eberhard Karls University Tübingen, and has a village feel, full of typical southern German charm.
Another Unterwegs team has formed a campus ministry in Erlangen, a town of more than 100,000 people in the southeastern state of Bavaria, near the city of Nuremberg. It is home to the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg and is known for its historic architecture, excellent food and beautiful, pastoral surroundings.