Since our inception, the Lord has blessed our work and given us a great vision for serving churches across Europe. Christians are hungry for theology, and motivated to be equipped for robust mission. By God’s grace and with your support, Union is building an international training and church growth network to see leaders recruited, trained, and deployed in ministry. We are creating more digital resources and books than ever before. Every day we hear testimonies of changed hearts, transformed lives, and requests for more teaching.  Here are some highlights:

Serving Europe through Union Mission

God is on the move in Europe. We are seeing churches planted and revitalised with a massive thirst for robust theological training. Many pastors and students lack study resources and education. That's why we have partnered with the European Leadership Forum (ELF), with Michael Reeves, Union's President, sitting on their Steering Committee and leading their Theologians Network. ELF has been able to connect Union strategically with needs across Europe. We have also partnered with the Istituto di Formazione Evangelica e Documentazione in Italy, and the Greek Bible College in Athens, both of which host Union Learning Communities. 

In addition, Union has partnered with a church planting platform, the Europe Collaboration (EC). EC provides financial resources for church planting, with in-built accountability structures and a sustainable growth model for further church planting. We work as one of their fiscal sponsors, helping the Lord’s provision to get to where it is needed, and Joel Morris, Union’s Executive Director, sits on their Advisory Group. Through EC a number of Union graduates have secured generous grants for church planting projects. So far, we have partnered in 25 church planting projects across Europe.

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Creating Resources with Union Publishing

Our digital resource website and App has 38,000 users per year from countries including the UK, US, Canada, Australia, India, Philippines and Russia. Our podcast has 500 subscribers, and 6,500 people subscribe to our Vimeo channel. The most recent edition of Union’s magazine - the Reformation issue - enjoyed more than 5,000 readers online and in print. Our Learning Platform, ‘Union Cloud’, delivers all the teaching content for our students with our expanding digital library.

Social media helps to provide new opportunities to reach Christians who would otherwise not encounter our ministry. Through uniontheology.org, and our App on multiple platforms, we are striving to use every opportunity to bless as many people as possible. We are seeing tremendous results.

Growing Leaders at Union School of Theology

Our School of Theology continues to train the next generation of church leaders. We currently have 150 students on campus and in our Learning Communities. Many of those will become pastors, church planters, youth workers and evangelists. Please pray for their studies and future ministry.

By establishing 21 Learning Communities in seven countries, from Canada to Athens, theological education in the context of the local church has never been more accessible. One of our partners, AT3 (Alliance for Transatlantic Theological Training) recruits church planting interns to come from the US to work alongside British church planters while training with Union.

Union’s growing campus in Wales is equipping men and women to go out into the world to help build the church of Christ. We were encouraged by a sizeable intake of new students in September 2017 and look forward to seeing more apply for courses. We have also welcomed Dr Ian Shaw to the school as our new Provost. 

Investing in Union Research, Oxford

In order to grow good theologians so that the church can be fortified for mission, Union has set up a theological Research Centre in central Oxford. Our Research Centre will enable church leaders to interact with scholars and students in a vibrant and creative community. By way of example, we’ve partnered with Reformanda Initiative in Rome this year to equip evangelicals to better understand and engage Roman Catholicism. Pray for the growth of our Research Centre in the years ahead.

We are very encouraged by the foundations we have been able to lay in Union’s gospel ministry, and for the fruit we are already seeing. Please continue to walk with us as we invest in growing leaders for growing churches, in the UK, Europe and beyond.

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