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Working for Gospel Flourishing Abroad

This website shares information about ministry in French-speaking Europe with David Niblack
in partnership with Trinity Community Church.

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Why Francophone?

We often think of France as a Christian country.  But the reality is there are hundreds of communities that have no access to churches that put the clear focus on Jesus.

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How We Hope to Send

How can we work together with what God is doing?  Through the ministry of Trinity Community Church, there is potential for a fruitful bridge of partnership.

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From the Blog

San Jose Open House: December 19

Low-Key Open House Saturday, December 19th 7pm-9pm at the Niblacks Stop by for a cup of apple cider and Swiss chocolate fondue as well as the chance to hear some of the stories from the past 8 months and what the next year looks like. Would you let me know if you are interested in coming? (You don’t have to be positive you can make it – I know it’s a very busy weekend!). Your Name... read more

The Vision

Our hope for seeing God work both in Libertyville and overseas

David's Story

God perfectly leads us, often through weakness, as we struggle to discern his will

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We realize this kind of thing is hard to estimate. See more at Operation World.

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The frequent claims that empty churches and low levels of religious activity in Europe today reflect a steep decline in piety are wrong- it was always thus.

– Rodney Stark, The Triumph of Christianity

Sociologist Rodney Stark has recently shown how Europe is positioned for the potential of a powerful church movement.  He argues that the church in Europe was nearly always tied to the state support and control.  This led to churches that were less motivated to reach out and « contextualize » to the population.  He argues that the evangelical church was never very strong in Europe, leading to the potential for non-state run churches to experience growth and influence in the years to come.

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France is still culturally Catholic, but most of the French are essentially secular. The Lutherans and the Reformed minorities are still there, but for most adherents it is merely a cultural Protestantism. In all cases the active worshippers are mostly an older generation that is gradually dying out.

The evangelical churches provide a sharp contrast. Evangelicals are a tiny minority by comparison, but they have multiplied several times over in the last 60 years. They are active, they are Bible-readers, participants in services, and getting younger. It is not inconceivable that the evangelical church in France is on the verge of something great.

– Tim Mitchell, Christianity In France.

Cities of over 10,000 people without a healthy local church (source: Operation World)

For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus' sake

2 Corinthians 4:5

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Gospel Abroad is exclusively related to the ministry work of David Niblack in France and Switzerland in partnership with Trinity Community Church.
This website was created by David Niblack with the help and encouragement of the leadership at Trinity Community Church.  © 2015.