God has enabled us to accomplish great things in Europe. CBU first went to Europe in May, 1990. Without having any contacts, God opened a remarkable door for the gospel at the University of Ivano Franko in L’viv Ukraine. As we walked through that door, we planted churches:
Here is an overview of CBU-sponsored church planting in Europe:
- L’viv, Ukraine - 1990
- Ternopil, Ukraine - 1994
- Novodnistrovsk, Ukraine - 1995
- Edinburgh, Scotland - 2005
- Bathgate, Scotland - 2008
Churches planted out of these churches:
- Ukraine: Buchach, Sokyriany, Angelivka, and Berezhany
- Spain: Torrevieja
To continue planting churches across Europe, we need leaders equipped with strong theological foundations and practical ministry skills.
The 2020 Vision
The 2020 Vision is our plan to establish a ministry training centre in Europe. Out of all the regions of the world, Europe remains the dark continent. It is deeply secular, spiritually closed, morally relativistic, and resistant to the gospel. Following in the footsteps of Paul (Acts 19:9-10), training leaders is a key to gospel advance. There is a huge need for contextually-appropriate church planter and missionary training in Europe that not only lays biblical foundations but also equips for practical leadership and spiritual ministry.
Taking the gospel to the nations was Jesus’ idea. Like Europe today, the world Jesus looked out at was marked by significant gospel need: there were no churches, no training centres, and no Christians outside of Jerusalem! His answer to the gospel need of the world was not large evangelistic crusades in all the big cities; rather, Jesus focused on training key leaders through personal mentoring, high-quality teaching, and Spirit-empowered sending.
We are following the Jesus model for gospel advance in Europe. We will equip leaders with theological foundation, practical ministry skills, and dynamic spirituality to plant, lead, and grow Christ-centred, Spirit-empowered, contextually appropriate churches. God has uniquely positioned CBU: through our years of experience, our network of relationships, and the skill-set we offer, we can get the job done.
A Ministry Training Center
We believe God is calling us to meet the need for a training center in Europe. We intend to catalyse our strategic assets to establish a high quality center that will equip a generation of pastors, church planters, and leaders for gospel ministry in Europe. We aim to establish a training center that is comprehensive, contextual, community-based, local-church oriented, accessible, and excellent.
In partnership with Centrepoint Church in Bathgate, Scotland, we have developed plans for a missions training center. This will serve as a launch pad for missionaries and church planters to go to the harvest fields of Europe. Both Europeans and those from other places will be trained, equipped, and sent out across this continent.
How will this get done?
In partnership with Every Nation ministries, we have developed a contextually appropriate, biblically-based, theologically sound, and Spirit-oriented core curriculum. We are relationally connected with pastors and churches across the continent. And through our twenty-seven years of ministry involvement in Europe, we have experience. Now it’s time to get the training center built.
A Strategic Partnership
We have plans, but we need your partnership. To turn the dream into reality, to accomplish the vision God has given us, we need your help.
We have identified a piece of land strategically located in Bathgate, Scotland. Between Edinburgh and Glasgow and accessible to the Edinburgh airport, this is the perfect location for our training centre. We are raising money to purchase this land and build the buildilng. To get this done, we need the body of Christ to give generously and courageously to this project.
Through building this missions training center, you will be leaving a legacy, the fruit of which will echo for generations of gospel advance in Europe.