Acts 29, the global church planting network, and Oak Hill College have entered into a partnership to establish an academy to train people for ministry and church planting in Europe and the 10/40 window.
Dr Daniel Strange, Academic Vice Principal of Oak Hill, says, ‘Most European nations are less than 2 per cent evangelical. Through immigration to the continent, we also have unprecedented access to many of the people groups of the 10/40 window. The re-evangelisation of Europe has strategic importance for reaching some of the most unreached peoples of the world. The European church needs revitalising and new churches need to be planted to meet the challenge and opportunity.’
The academy will be formed by two organisations with experience of developing the kinds of leaders and ministries that are needed, to see Europe impacted and the 10/40 window breached.
Steve Timmis, Executive Director of Acts 29, says, ‘We’re very excited by this opportunity. Oak Hill has a long and impressive pedigree of developing theologically formed leaders and gospel workers through high quality residential training. Acts 29 has a long track record of equipping churches and planters in establishing and growing churches in gospel priority areas. This has the potential to become a great partnership for gospel ministry.’
The academy will be located in Sheffield and will grow a range of courses and programs, accessible to European gospel workers, pastors and planters.