With a metro population of 2.6 million, Vienna is the cultural, economic, and political center of Austria and lies at the crossroads of eastern and western Europe. For centuries a city of immigrants, today nearly half of Vienna’s residents have at least one non-Austrian parent. A city rich in culture and history, Vienna is also a city of deep spiritual need, where just two people in 100 confess a personal relationship with Christ and the influence of the institutional church is facing rapid decline. Just like each one of us, Vienna is a place of beauty and brokenness.
In 2009, the initial Serge church planting team launched New City Wien (NCW), an international, bilingual (English/German) church near the city’s center. NCW is a now a thriving, locally led congregation with Austrians and internationals taking leadership positions in a variety of ministries in the church. As New City Wien continues to grow, the broader Serge ministry focus is transitioning to a facilitative role. Building on NCW’s relational network and ministry partnerships (including an Austrian university student ministry), our goals are to:
1) to engage and train young, emerging Austrian leaders, and
2) to encourage and equip national church leaders to succeed in the church planting ministries God has given them.
Building the Team
We are looking for experienced disciplers, both men and women, unmarried and married, who enjoy engaging with twenty-somethings and desire to see these young people grow in ministry leadership. A background in university student ministry experience is preferred, but not required. We are also looking for church planting mentors/coaches who able to relate cross-culturally to national church leaders. Previous church planting experience is preferred. A year of intensive German language learning is required for staff as they prepare to join the team.
- For God to bless New City Wien as a resource church to model gospel-centered ministry, and to identify and encourage young leaders for church planting ministries in Vienna and across Austria.
- For God to provide faithful men and women willing to serve the church in Vienna.
As Serge workers identify and engage with young national leaders, the Central European Leadership Fund helps to defer the cost for their training.