Ancient architecture, museums filled with historic artefacts and art, telling stories of great minds from long ago, and cities which were home to the early church, Europe stands the test of time. However, the birthplace of Christendom has wandered from her first love, and many churches have slowly dwindled in Europe’s now largely post-Christian culture. Christianity remains Europe’s largest religion, thanks to the influence of Catholicism, but it lacks the zeal and fervour it once boasted. Secularism is particularly prevalent in the western half of the continent, and the eastern half is dominated by the Orthodox church and Islam.
God is still building his church in Europe and reviving faith in himself. Opportunities for the church in Europe include the mass migration of immigrants, particularly from conflict zones. Many of these foreigners come from countries that are closed to the gospel and others bring the gospel with them. There remains the need for collaborative efforts in the workplace and creative ways to re-evangelise a nation which was the first missionary sending nation. Host to The First International Congress on World Evangelization in 1974, the Lausanne Movement continues to provide a platform for networking, collaboration and strengthening of the church in Europe as the Spirit of God revives this region through the gospel.