Official Country Name:Federal Republic of Germany
Government:Representative Democracy, Constitutional Republic
Official Languages:German, Standard
Religious Demographics:Christian ± 64.25% (Evangelical 2.1%), Non-Religious ± 30.51%, Muslim ± 4.40%
Number of Evangelicals
Incredible Opportunity to Welcome the Refugee
Germany, like many European countries, has a history strongly influenced by Christianity. One of the most formative events for the church today, the Protestant Reformation, was famously sparked by the German theologian Martin Luther nailing his Ninety-Five Theses to the door of All Saints' Church in 1517.
Today, Germany boasts the world’s fourth-largest economy. In the past few years, Germany has experienced a high inflow of asylum-seekers, refugees, and migrants, numbering 12 million in total, making it second only to the United States as the most popular immigration destination in the world. Source: World Migration Report 2018 From 2011 to 2016, Germany received 55% of all asylum applicants in the European Union, or about 484,920 applicants Source: World Bank - Asylum Seekers in the European Union (pg. 30). Many of the asylum applicants are from other UPGs Source: Unreached people groups are ethnic groups that have little to no access to the gospel including to believers, churches, or Christian resources. People in unreached populations have no way of hearing the gospel barring someone crossing cultures and languages to share with them. A working definition for unreached people groups is peoples who have an evangelical population of 2% or less, such as the Kazakh people. Although a large majority of Germans identify themselves as Christians, nearly one-third identify as non-religious, mostly in Eastern Germany. Furthermore, the Islamic population has increased by nearly five million people, mostly due to the influx of refugees. Source: Link
German culture emphasizes achievement, organization, and regulation. Source: Link This is a huge advantage to the German church as it is mobilized towards reaching UPGs. Although German culture has a high cultural distance from most UPGs, their tendency towards achievement and hard work means that they are set up for success in surmounting the cultural gap. Because Germany hosts a thriving economy, all the resources needed to reach UPGs are already at their disposal. This cultural and economic success of Germany exists at the same point in history as UPGs pour into their country, putting German Christians in the midst of an opportunity to mobilize their church to the unreached. God has graciously prepared Germany to welcome strangers into their homeland and show them their true home in the gospel.