Saturday, March 08, 2014

Gro14: A New Vision

Is this the future of a revitalized, outward-focused, disciplemaking Danish church? This past weekend, nearly 200 Christians from a variety of church backgrounds gathered in Aarhus to find out.

Worship at Gro14 brought together believers from all over Denmark.

Months in the making, “Gro14” (Grow14) brought together leading international voices on church growth and renewal, with encouragement from the UK and the US.

The gathering kicked off with a video greeting from Mike Breen, the US-based leader of the 3DM movement who presented a cross-denominational focus on discipleship and mission in a post-Christian world.

Another American, Aaron Keyes, brought his own perspective on leading worship: “Developing worship leaders is good,” he told them, “but discipling them is critical.”

One of the weekend's highlight speakers was Keld Dahlmann, lead pastor at Aarhus Valgmenighed and an inspiration to the European church planting movement. His church sees encouraging signs of growth through outreach groups called “klynger.”

As one participant put it, they were “immersed in the discipling culture of one of DK’s largest churches.”

Levi Dørken, a leader in the Danish Alpha outreach movement, shared his passion for reaching Danes who normally remain outside the reach of traditional Christianity.

And from England, Toby Flint and Mick Woodhead presented their take on discipleship and missional communities -- an outward focus that is gaining more and more acceptance in Danish churches.

“We are all asking questions,” tweeted Thomas Willer, a pastor from København. “Let’s ask them together and find out how Jesus is answering them.”

PRAY for every person who attended this landmark event -- that God would stir their hearts and encourage them as they return to their churches and ministries.

PRAY for the missional movement in Denmark, that God would equip more and more small, outward-focused groups to reach areas of society beyond the usual church influence.

PRAY that Gro14 would be another step to greater cooperation, unity, and revival in Danish churches.

PRAY that Danish believers would adapt this encouragement from other countries to their own unique culture.

PRAY for the Holy Spirit to breathe new life into His church in Denmark, today, through worship leaders, pastors, and ordinary Danish believers.

“I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.” (1 Cor. 6:2)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for your prayers. We really had a great conference that hopefully will be a landmark for us as a movement in Denmark. The whole thing seemed blessed and very spirit filled.

What a blessing to have Americans praying for us.

Johannes Thomsen, Staff at Aarhus Valgmenighed.