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City to City Projects Update

City to City Projects Update

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Sermon Slam

One interesting experiment Projekt:Kirche tried in a service was a "sermon slam." The idea was for three leaders to preach from the same passage, each giving a 7-8 minute sermon, one after the other in the same service. They delivered unique interpretations of Scripture and shared the message of the Gospel in different ways through the passage. According to some people from the congregation, it was a success. Would you try this in your service? 

You can partner with Alex and Projekt:Kirche and help them reach their goal of $5,000. 100% of your gift goes to this project.

The People of Friedrichshain

Friedrichshain in former East Berlin comprises creative, political, and individualistic people, concerned with social issues like refugees and food waste. (One practice, called “containering,” is the act of collecting the food that supermarkets throw away.) Though gentrification is slowly creeping in, there are still pockets of squatter houses that have existed since the wall came down in 1989 - for instance, in north Friedrichshain on Rigaer Strasse.  The squatters occupy the old buildings of the German Democratic Republic (GDR), but are gradually being evicted.

If you visit Friedrichshain, you will also see graffiti on nearly every block. Sabrina Tesch, the pastor of mercy and justice ministries, told us, “People do graffiti to leave their mark and to make a name for themselves.” The amount of graffiti is far too overwhelming for the police to handle, so they don’t. On top of that, the police are treated with suspicion. There is a strong contingent of free-minded residents who don’t want to be told what to do.

Projekt:Kirche is engaging with the people of this neighborhood in several different ways. They want to be a presence in the neighborhood by participating in food sharing, learning how to do justice (one small group recently did a study of Generous Justice), and by taking an interest in social and political issues. Through these efforts they are finding common cause and building friendships with people in the community.

You can partner with Alex and Projekt:Kirche and help them reach their goal of $5,000. 100% of your gift goes to this project.

Where East & West Germany Meet

Projekt:Kirche is a new church in Friedrichshain, Berlin. Their vision is to create a place where their friends can explore God on their own terms. A gospel-centered, contextualized church that also serves the neighborhood would not only help people to connect with the Christian faith (maybe for the first time), but also have influence on the city as a whole; a thriving church in an area that has little connection to the gospel would reach like-minded people from all over the city.

You can partner with Alex and Projekt:Kirche and help them reach their goal of $5,000. 100% of your gift goes to this project.