From the 2016 Annual Report.
Until recently, there has been great resistance to the gospel in Europe, but now City to City Europe (CTCE) has entered an exciting new stage of development. Fifty mother churches have multiplied into 140 church plants. There are 500 leaders engaged, and networks and sub-regional networks are forming. After sowing seeds for years, it finally appears there is a network forming in London. There is enough momentum that CTCE anticipates 300 new churches in the next five years.
What was once a small network centered on a few specific individuals has grown to include second and third generation church planters. Today there are church planters who have been trained by, supported or heavily influenced by Redeemer City To City (CTC) or CTCE in 46 cities across Europe. Momentum for church planting is building in nearly every key urban center, reaching people who have never attended an evangelical church.
- In 2016 CTCE formed relationships with multiple denominations and networks of churches like New Frontiers International and the Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches to strengthen church planting efforts across the continent.
- In April, more than 250 leaders from across Europe gathered in Lisbon for a three-day training hosted by a local church. The number of attendees from the Iberian Peninsula had tripled since a similar network gathering held three years ago. This demonstrates how hosting gatherings in diverse geographic locations draws new people into the movement.
- In October, nearly 150 leaders from across Ukraine attended a Gospel in the City event hosted by CTCE in Kiev. The group was interdenominational, reflecting the diverse and unique relationships that CTC believes are vital to developing robust and healthy church planting networks. One participant reflected, “I’ve never seen a conference in Ukraine where so many people from different denominations gathered together with so much unity around the gospel.”