The latest church to be planted in Berlin is Kreuzbergprojekt - a daughter church of Berlinprojekt. Fridtjof Leemhuis, the lead pastor of Kreuzbergprojekt is working in partnership with City to City and is a graduate of the 2008 International Intensive.
Kreuzbergprojekt had its first public worship service in March and the services have grown to around 40 people attending Sunday meetings. That may not seem like very many, but for a new church plant trying to reach people living in a predominantly secular city, this number is very encouraging and will only increase.
Kreuzberg itself is a vibrant and diverse community, known for its population of young urban professionals, artists and students. Fridtjof hopes the church reaches the young professionals and creatives of the community – and recently started two initiatives designed to draw non-believers. One is called “Stammtisch,” a German word that means, literally, to go to a bar and talk with a group. Recently, Kreuzbergprojekt has been meeting at a local pub to discuss what a church in Kreuzberg should look like. Also, church members have committed themselves to inviting people they meet in Kreuzberg to their homes for a meal.
Fritdjof has high hopes for Kreuzbergprojekt in 2011 – that it flourishes as a congregation that serves and helps to change the face of Berlin. You can learn more about this church plant here.