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About Project 224
The purpose of Project 224 is to train and equip pastors, leaders, and church planters across Europe. The method of Project 224 is the development and deployment of focused, intense, and effective boot camps.
CBU has been involved in evangelism and church planting in Europe since 1990. Not only have we been the direct, driving catalyst behind church plants in both Ukraine and Scotland, but we have come into relationship with leaders and church planters across the continent. Very similar to our approach when we started in Ukraine, many of the pastors and church planters in Europe lack formal training: they are obeying the call of God, doing the best they can, and hoping to figure it out as we go.
In partnership with key leaders in Europe, we have developed a boot camp approach to training. These are intense, focused one-week training modules for leaders. Here is an overview of what we have done:
- Marseilles, 2011: We conducted a church planter’s boot camp to train potential planters in how to establish, lead, and grow healthy, Christ-centred, Spirit-empowered, socially responsible churches in key European cities. Planters from this boot camp have since planted and/or are leading churches in Gent, Belgium; Madrid, Spain; Dublin, Ireland; Slough, London; Marseilles, France; Stratford, London.
- Madrid, 2013: We conducted a pastor’s boot camp, focused on equipping pastors to lead healthy, growing, Christ-centred, Spirit-empowered, contextually appropriate churches. Pastors participating in this boot camp were from across Europe, including Ukraine, Poland, Germany, Austria, France, Spain, Belgium, Ireland, and the UK.
- Hoch Imst (Austria), 2015: We conducted our first theologically-orientated training for pastors and leaders. The theme was Grace: It is good for the heart to be strengthened by grace (Hebrews 13:9). Not only did we counter some of the prevailing, unhealthy theological trends in Europe, but we ministered proactively to build strong, healthy doctrinal foundations.
- L’viv (Ukraine), 2016: Due to the success of our boot camps, we have been working to develop one for Ukraine. The logistics and language issues make this a special case requiring additional effort, but we have registered attendees from Ukraine and western Europe and anticipate a highly-successful event.
We have been blessed to develop, lead, and participate in this equipping boot camps across Europe. They have born good fruit, and rejoice in what has been accomplished. But we are just beginning to scratch the surface. The need is immense – there is so much more training that needs to get done! It is our goal to accomplish at least one boot camp per year. To accomplish a boot camp requires spiritual, content, and logistical preparation over the course of many months. To get this done – we need your help!
How You Can Be Involved
We work to make our boot camps as low cost possible. Because many European churches are small, pastors are often unable to access this type of training unless the cost of the event is sponsored. Through the generous giving of God’s people, we can equip pastors so that the gospel can continue to grow and flourish the spiritually-deprived continent of Europe.
The cost of a specific boot camp varies, depending on many factors including location and the number of participants. A typical boot camp can be funded with an investment of $8,500, which assumes 15 participants at a cost of €500/person. It is our goal to deliver at least one boot camp every year.
Help accomplish Project 224 by becoming a CBU Global Partner today.
By becoming a CBU Global Partner, you can ensure that we continue to train leaders for gospel harvest in Europe.