1 Therefore, having this ministry by the mercy of God, we do not lose heart.
5 For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake.
6 For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
These verses came alive to my heart when I was 15 years young. Growing up in a loving Christian home, I knew about God. During a highschool exchange in Minneapolis, I heard John Piper preach, and it was like a clean window to see the glory of Jesus in the pages of the Bible. The “glory of God in the face of Jesus became real in my life.
God began to call me to proclaim the Gospel. To proclaim Jesus.
So I went to Seminary. Besides all good theology, the most important thing I learned was a simple gospel reminder:
We are more sinful in ourselves than we ever dared believe, yet at the very same time we are more loved and accepted in Jesus Christ than we ever dared hope.
That has been my core message for the last six years as pastor here at the church in the beautiful Black Forest.
The gospel is good news, not good advice – and it’s life-changing news. And we’ve been witnessing steady gospel-change in many young people.
One helpful tool I used was the bible course “Gospel-centered life”, published by World Harvest Mission. It was so valuable that we translated it into German. During that time a pastor from Vienna named Brad Hunter, proof-read my translation.
Now, five years later, I got in contact with Brad again, and heard about what God is doing in Vienna. God had already planted a passion for Austria in our hearts. And now my wife and I began to talk about joining the Hunters and their team to bring the Gospel to Vienna.
When we got to visit them in April we felt a great connection. They extended a call for us to join them and serve at the church, New City Wien, moving in November.
We’re absolutely excited!
We’re excited to join a team that already is shaped by the Gospel.
We’re excited to learn the implications of the Good news for ourselves and for our ministry.
And we’re excited to serve, especially the German-speaking people in Vienna.
The church is growing quite rapidly, and they are in need of German-speaking workers.
My responsibility will be to
- share the privilege of preaching
- to train and encourage leaders
- to raise up a youth ministry
- and to build relationships with Austrians and other German-speakers
Our mission is to see everyone growing closer to Jesus. To see more people coming in the Kingdom, and more people becoming like our King!
We invite you to join this mission.
You can join this mission by praying.
Please pray, first of all that I as a pastor and we as a family will continue to be transformed by the Gospel.
And that God will use us to transform the lives of people in the church and through the church.
Please let us know if you’re praying for us so we can let you know what to pray for.
You can join by giving.
New City Wien is a young church, and their long-term plan is to be able to financially support their pastors.
But over the next 2 years, we’re looking for financial supporters to commit to giving monthly. A kind of a kickstarter project.
To put it another way: right now I’m a “pastoral missionary”, hoping to become a missional pastor.
Thank you so much for your interest in God’s kingdom here in Europe. We’re in need of the Gospel.
It is a great calling to come to the City of Vienna. People come here to find new life in a degree, career or some other way.
New City Wien is there to offer new life.
But not that kind of new life.
A better Kind.
A New Life that comes from believing the glorious news of Jesus.
That’s why we’re moving to Vienna. Not to proclaim ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves servants to Vienna – for Jesus’ sake.