City Crowds

OUR CALLING

Through a dynamic collaboration we plant churches.

Our calling is for the ‘ancient and the new’. We believe in the ancient truth of the Gospel—as relevant, powerful, and life-changing as ever—and the contemporary expression of that truth, through the church.


We have a dream that the ‘empty Cathedrals of Europe’ will once again be filled. Those Cathedrals that once rang out with the praises of God, which were once centres of learning and culture, hospitality and refuge. This dream guides us.

And so, inspired by the ancient gospel centres that existed in days past, we find our focus in culturally important, city-centre locations; in church planting teams that are highly trained, motivated and strategic; and in teams that are willing to partner and ready to receive catalytic funding. The ancient and the new.

OUR THEORY OF CHANGE

We believe in the power of vibrant churches in key cultural-centres to create a viable, sustainable, witness to the Gospel.

A diverse ecosystem of churches is required to reach a diverse Europe. Yet, there is a distinct lack of larger, vibrant churches set in key cultural centres. Larger churches that can:


  • Reset expectations for what church can be in a secular Europe.

  • Become an engaging voice within the city, through strong public witness. 

  • Resource other churches, and plant new churches, for decades to come.

  • Purchase strategic, high-profile buildings in the city centres that become known centres of ministry. 

  • Attract and train the next-generation of church planters.

SO FAR WE’VE ACHIEVED

Through donors, church planting networks, specialist ministries, and church planting teams working together, we’ve seen:

  • 21 churches planted in 12 nations across Europe, with a commitment to support each church for five years.

  • Over €1.5 million distributed to church plants since 2018. 

  • A growing network of referral partners, who have eyes and ears on the ground, who understand the type of church plant we are looking to support, and who then refer them to us. 

  • A growing network of domain experts - church planting network leaders and large church leaders - who advise and support the Europe Collaboration.

  • An engaged and growing donor base of individuals, trusts, and churches.

Church Interior at Night

WHAT WE WORK TOWARDS

To see 100 vibrant churches planted in the cultural centres of Europe in the next decade.

We seek to do this through:

  • Building a fellowship of friends committed to the long-term financing and support of vibrant churches in Europe.

  • Building a learning community committed to understanding how vibrant churches in Europe can be started and scaled.

If you would like to join in, please get in touch. 

Please note, the Europe Collaboration does not accept applications directly from churches - we only work through our trusted referral partners. All our church plants work within the European Evangelical Statement of Faith.

OUR TEAM

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PATRICK MCDONALD

Chair

MATTHEW KEY

Project Director

CHARLIE & ANITA CLEVERLY

Team Chaplains

The Europe Collaboration has allowed me to dream... to think bigger than I would have.

- EC Church Planter

CONTACT

All enquiries to: matthewkey@openwell.co

52 St Giles, Oxford, UK