OUR VISION

ENCOUNTER GOD

LOVE PEOPLE

STRENGTHEN CHURCHES

Our vision for 2022

Stein für Stein (Brick by Brick)

Jesus Christ is our cornerstone. On Him we want to build, brick by brick.

The spiritual temple is made up of many living stones, each of which is unique and has a unique role in the structure. No stone is unimportant in God’s eyes, but each has something to contribute. Integrating them properly is a process and requires focus, companionship and patience on our part.

This year, the building project will also move to the next phase. We are looking forward to the groundbreaking ceremony. Brick by brick, we are moving forward!

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Create a "home" for everyone who comes to faith or is looking for connection.

All small groups should integrate people more effectively and actively.

The small group network should also be expanded so that everyone can find a suitable small group close to where they live, where they are loved and encouraged and get help.

We especially want to expand the quality of the Startblock seminar so that the process of integration is accelerated.

Give space to children, preteens and youth in our services.

We want to put a new focus on our children, preteens and youth and encourage them to find their place in our congregation and in the worship services. We want to make them more visible in the large worship service and strengthen their age-appropriate offerings.

Facilitate temporary groups on specific topics through a new small group rhythm.

By introducing a trimester system, we want to create the opportunity for groups to form for a limited period of time and focus for that time on a specific but real-life topic, for example, marriage, finances, raising children, living as a single person, etc.

We also want to be intentional about offering courses like the Alpha course in some trimesters. Existing groups can focus on these topics but it is also a good way for new leaders to try out leading a small group and for participants to appreciate the value of meeting regularly in a small group. In this way, we want to strengthen our small group ministry while, of course, maintaining and promoting existing small group ministry.

Love our city practically.

This year, the people of our city – Dresden, Pulsnitz, Dippoldiswalde or Pirna – should feel our love, in a very practical way.

There are many areas of society that need change and help. We want to have an impact there in the future and make God visible in this world, either in already existing projects or by starting new projects.

In addition, every other month we will present a different social project, support it financially through donations, encourage participation and thus take responsibility for our immediate surroundings.

Celebrate the groundbreaking together!

We will renovate the old building and build the intermediate building. It will be exciting, it will be celebratory and if everyone carries the project in their hearts, everyone prays and everyone donates, we will make it!

Our values

It is important that we know what we stand for. Our values reflect our convictions and determine our behavior. They help us stay on course and release life.

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Jesus Christ is the center

The main thing is Jesus. He is the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father-God without Him.

Relationship is more important than function

Because every person is important to God in his or her being, people are more important to us than what they can do or contribute. Our relationships with each other are the basis for effective and motivated cooperation.

Balance between big and small

Large events and small groups give us – members and visitors alike – different opportunities to experience God.

All generations

We need the diversity of generations – a young heart and the wisdom of age.

Enjoy the journey of life

We don’t just want to celebrate the finish line, but as much as possible, every day, in the day-to-day.

Creativity is worth it

We want to meet our society with fresh ideas that delight and appeal to people and make people who are distant from the church curious about our faith.

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The Bible, our standard

The Bible is the Word of God to us people. We do not want to take anything away from it or add anything to it.

Unleash the potential of everyone

Everyone should be able to develop into a life that corresponds to their gifts, their personality and God’s will. This is what we want to work for.

Contemporary and relevant

The message of God for people remains. We want to spread and live this message in the language and expression of our time.

It is better to give than to receive

We are blessed to be a blessing. What we have, let us use generously for many.

Willing to take risks

Faith needs courage for the new and unknown. You have to leave the shore to reach the new land. For this we need a head with a mind and a heart with courage.

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Jesus Christ is the center

The main thing is Jesus. He is the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father-God without Him.

The Bible, our standard

The Bible is the Word of God to us human beings. We do not want to take anything away from it or add anything to it.

Relationship is more important than function

Because every person is important to God in his or her being, people are more important to us than what they can do or contribute. Our relationships with each other are the basis for effective and motivated cooperation.

Unleash the potential of everyone

Everyone should be able to develop into a life that corresponds to their gifts, their personality and God’s will. This is what we want to work for.

Balance between big and small

Large events and small groups give us – members and visitors alike – different opportunities to experience God.

Contemporary and relevant

The message of God for people remains. We want to spread and live this message in the language and expression of our time.

Creativity is worth it

We want to meet our society with fresh ideas that delight and appeal to people and make people who are distant from the church curious about our faith.

It is better to give than to receive

We are blessed to be a blessing. What we have, let us use generously for many.

All generations

We need the diversity of generations – a young heart and the wisdom of age.

Willing to take risks

Faith needs courage for the new and unknown. You have to leave the shore to reach the new land. For this we need a head with a mind and a heart with courage.

Enjoy the journey of life

We don’t just want to celebrate the finish line, but every day if possible, in the midst of life.

WHAT WE BELIEVE

The Bible

The Bible is God’s trustworthy Word and the decisive authority in our lives

Jesus

Jesus Christ is both true God and true man. He lived a sinless life and bore God’s punishment for the sin of mankind in its place on the cross. On the third day, He was raised from the dead. Through His sacrificial death and resurrection, He secured forgiveness of all sins and eternal life for those who believe in Him.

Baptism & Communion

Water baptism by immersion symbolizes the Christian’s identification with the death and resurrection of Jesus. With the Lord’s Supper we commemorate our salvation through the death of Jesus.

Marriage & Family

God has ordained the family as the fundamental institution of human society and placed it under His special protection and blessing. Marriage is a lifelong covenant relationship between a man and a woman.

Zukunft

Jesus Christ will come again to earth to judge all people righteously as sovereign ruler and to build His eternal kingdom visibly for the joy of believers.

God

The one true God exists eternally in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit – these are one God: equal in character, power and glory.

Salvation

God created man in the image of God, entirely good and without sin. As a consequence of the disobedience of Adam, the first man, all his descendants are born with a sinful nature, which is manifested by actual, self-inflicted transgression of God’s law and morality.

Salvation to eternal life is by grace alone, through faith alone in Christ alone. This saving grace of God, through the power of the Holy Spirit, calls and enables the believer to live a life pleasing to God.

Spiritual Gifts

We believe that all the gifts of the Holy Spirit as described in the New Testament can be effective today. As a result, the church is strengthened to fulfill its calling and it becomes visible that the Kingdom of God has dawned.

Church

The church is God’s main instrument through which He brings about His good purposes for people.

The Bible

The Bible is God’s trustworthy Word and the decisive authority in our lives

God

The one true God exists eternally in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit – these are one God: equal in character, power and glory.

Jesus

Jesus Christ is both true God and true man. He lived a sinless life and bore God’s punishment for the sin of mankind in its place on the cross. On the third day, He was raised from the dead. Through His sacrificial death and resurrection, He secured forgiveness of all sins and eternal life for those who believe in Him.

Salvation

God created man in the image of God, entirely good and without sin. As a consequence of the disobedience of Adam, the first man, all his descendants are born with a sinful nature, which is manifested by actual, self-inflicted transgression of God’s law and morality.

Salvation to eternal life is by grace alone, through faith alone in Christ alone. This saving grace of God, through the power of the Holy Spirit, calls and enables the believer to live a life pleasing to God.

Baptism & Communion

Water baptism by immersion symbolizes the Christian’s identification with the death and resurrection of Jesus. With the Lord’s Supper we commemorate our salvation through the death of Jesus.

Spiritual Gifts

We believe that all the gifts of the Holy Spirit as described in the New Testament can be effective today. As a result, the church is strengthened to fulfill its calling and it becomes visible that the Kingdom of God has dawned.

Marriage & Family

God has ordained the family as the fundamental institution of human society and placed it under His special protection and blessing. Marriage is a lifelong covenant relationship between a man and a woman.

Church

The church is God’s main instrument through which He brings about His good purposes for people.

Future

Jesus Christ will come again to earth to judge all people righteously as sovereign ruler and to build His eternal kingdom visibly for the joy of believers.

Our leadership team

We are grateful for our leadership team. You’ve probably seen some of the team on stage, but here’s your chance to get to know them all.

Wayne & René Neuper

Overall leadership
Coordination of cross-church teams

Mark & Darja Blundell

Small groups
Media
Activate Network administration

Uwe & Bärbel Dittrich

Dippoldiswalde site
Counseling
Healing services

Alwe & Saskia Herzog

Royal Rangers
Office organization
Organization for St. Benno
Children’s services and youth

Matthias & Corinna Metzke

Pulsnitz site
Kidzcamp

Dierk & Nadia Müller

Bible school
Evangelization
Evening service

Thomas & Ute Neumann

Counseling
Social work
Prophetic team

Benjamin & Anna Nitsch

Pirna site
Administration
IT
Building project: Oskar-Röder-Straße 3

Sven & Anja Oswald

Pulsnitz site

Waldemar & Olga Risto

Care of all Russian speakers
Coffee team

Martin Schieferdecker

Evening service
Evening service small groups

Sebastian & Damaris Scholz

Guest experience incl. Welcome Team
Project in Ethiopia
Strahlend

Nikolaus Prantl-von Albrecht & Christiane von Albrecht

Persian service
Refugees
Alpha course
Healing team

Our building project
Oskar-röder-str. 3

Our vision is to build a growing community that loves God and is connected in friendship as a basis for discipleship, evangelism and church building in Germany and the nations. Therefore, it is about much more than just having our own space. With our building project we want to create a place where God’s promises become reality for us as a church, our city, our country and the nations.