4. Mission-Net Congress
The next Mission-Net congress will take place
28 December 2015 - 2 January 2016
in Offenburg, Germany.
What is Mission-Net all about?
Mission-Net is both a biennial congress and a growing movement among Europe’s young Christians. Mission-Net is commissioned by the European Evangelical Missionary Association and European Evangelical Alliance.
A True Young People’s Movement
Mission-Net is primarily for people aged between 16-30 who are willing to consider a Christian missional lifestyle which allies spiritual expressions of faith and strong, practical contributions to the society’s common good. The Mission-Net network currently extends to about 1.5 million young Christians across Europe.
In April 8-13, 2009, the first Mission-Net congress was held, attended by about 2600 young people from 47 different European nations. This first congress took place in Oldenburg (Bremen), Germany. The purpose is to encourage Christians to live a responsible, socially engaged lifestyle in every aspect of life. This can be expressed in becoming involved in various areas of public life.
After the congress, people were encouraged to join short-term volunteer service trips in various European nations to put into practice what they had learnt at the congress.
The following Mission-Net congress was held over New Year 2011/12 in Erfurt, Germany, with 2600 youngsters from 35 European nations. The motto of the Congress was the Mission-Net slogan "Transforming our World".
At the congress we showed practical ways of being active citizens and demonstrating God’s love. The young participants were encouraged to write letters to the European Commission with the help of Micah Challenge. We collected food for local social ministries and donated money to an Egyptian slum project and to anti-human trafficking campaings. The participants also went out in Erfurt to help the local churches.
Over New Year 2013/14 again about 3000 young people from 40 distinct European Countries gathered in Offenburg, Germany to explore and learn more about how to live a missional lifestyle. The motto of the Congress was "Work in Progress.
In the meantime, the participants are encouraged to get involved in Christian networks at local and national levels. Many young participants left the Mission-Net Congress with a totally fresh perspective on their place in society. Our hope is to see this experience repeated and multiplied in the coming years.
The purpose of Mission-Net is to inspire a missional lifestyle among Europe’s Christian youth. We seek to accomplish this goal by:
1. Encouraging existing and promoting new 'Mission-Net movements' on a national and regional level across Europe.
2. Bringing Christian young people together through a pan-European Mission-Net event for mutual encouragement, teaching, training and mobilisation.
“Transforming our world”
TRANSFORMING – as Christians we want to display God´s transforming power in society, through the credible witness of our public and private lives
OUR – it is not about individualism but about doing it together. As we act in this way, we model to the world the unity of the Christian Community
WORLD – it starts where we live, but a missional lifestyle goes beyond my neighbourhood, to my country, my continent and ultimately my world