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Church Planting in Slovenia

Church Planting Europe Long Term Slovenia

With snow-capped peaks, turquoise-green rivers and Venetian-style coastlines, Slovenia is bordered by Italy, Austria, Hungary, Croatia, and the Adriatic Sea.

After WWII, Slovenia was one of the republics in the restored Yugoslavia which, though it was communist, soon distanced itself from the Soviet Union. During this time, religion was ousted from public life. After a ten day war, Slovenes succeeded in establishing their independence in 1991 from the majority Serbs. Historic ties to Western Europe, a growing economy, and a stable democracy have assisted Slovenia in its post-communist transition and becoming a part of the European Union.

Slovenians are 58% Roman Catholic, and the remainder is predominantly non-religious or unaffiliated. The goal of Avant’s ministry in Koper is to start a church in an area without a Protestant church. The current team has been on the field for four years. The existing church continues to make small steps toward maturity and independence. When the church is ready to stand on its own, the team will plant churches in other areas.

New team members need to commit to learning the language, being flexible, and communicating well. Specific skills include Bible education, a counseling background, and conflict resolution. Musicians are also needed such as playing the guitar or piano or being able to sing well.

Slovenians are slow to trust and make commitments. Teammates will need to be ready to learn Slovenia’s difficult language. While there are opportunities for short-term commitments, the most fruit is a longer commitment of 2+ years.

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