CHURCH ON EQUAL FOOTING is a fascinating network of organisations, associations and churches across church groupings. One question is close to the hearts of all its partners: how can we as a church live interculturally in the future?

Inspire

Empower

Broaden horizons

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How can we escape from a mostly monocultural church life? Would it not be amazing if today’s church reflected the colourfulness and wealth of languages and cultures promised us for the end of the age? A Mission Statement was formulated, putting into words the heartbeat of “Church on Equal Footing”:

EQUAL FOOTING

Living interculturally as a church
The world is at home in Germany today.
God calls us from our limitations into a new worldwide fellowship in our local area.
We acknowledge that we are brothers and sisters and receive one another as a gift from God’s hand.
We learn to structure our fellowships together in all matters.
In this way we experience church as a foretaste of heaven.

Church on Equal Footing is a Germany-wide network, rather than an association or organisation. At the biannual meetings which so far have taken place in the form of “strategy workshops”, we experience one another as a fellowship in encouragement and mission, inspired and bound together by the Holy Spirit.

We are convinced: for a “CHURCH ON EQUAL FOOTINGl”, you need people with burning hearts, but also knowledge, skills and courage.

We are therefore developing practical projects for all three of the above-mentioned areas.

How will
CHURCH ON EQUAL FOOTING
achieve this?

Who is involved?

Liebenzeller Mission

Mission Mosaik, Frankfurt

United Evangelical Mission, Wuppertal

“Hoffnungsträger” Foundation e.V., Leonberg

Evangelical Church of Westphalia – Office for Mission and Ecumenism

Hanoverian Association of National Church Communities

Federation of Evangelical Free Churches

AK Migration and Integration of the Evangelical Alliance

Evangelical Church in the Rhineland – congregations of different languages and origins

Evangelical Youth in Württemberg (EJW)

Akebulan e.V. Berlin

International Evangelical Fellowship Wuppertal

Arab-German Evangelical Congregation (ADEG), Hanover

Evangelical Salam-Center e.V., Weissach i.T.

Jesus Unites

Foundation Himmelsfels

Peace and Reconciliation Network e.V.

Evangelical Church of Germany (EKD)

Federation of Free Evangelical Churches

“Church on Equal Footing is a matter close to my heart. Only a church that overcomes boundaries has a future!”
﹣ Bendix Balke
Pastor of an intercultural Church (in Bad Kreuznach)
Bendix Balke coordinated the work with international churches at the church offices of the Evangelical Church in Germany from 2018 to 2020.

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