ADVERTISING
 
Saturday, October 19   Sign in or Register
 
Evangelical Focus
 
Flecha
 
ADVERTISING
 
 
FOLLOW US ON
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Google +
  • Instagram
  • Soundcloud
 

Newsletter
Newsletter, sign up to receive all our News by email.
 
 

POLL
Society
Should Christians join social protests?



SEE MORE POLLS
 

 
TOP 10 MOST VIEWED



Conference
 

‘Unity in Diversity’: Hope for Europe week starts in Tallinn

Around 370 people from 37 countries gather in Estonia. “We need a revolution of hope”, one of the messages of the first night.

AUTHOR Joel Forster , Evangelical Focus TALLINN 08 OCTOBER 2018 21:29 h GMT+1
Thomas Bucher, Secretary General of the European Evangelical Alliance, during the opening celebration of Hope for Europe 2018 in Tallin, Estonia. / Herman Spaargaren

Estonia’s capital, Tallinn, is hosting the Hope for Europe conference, a special gathering organised by the European Evangelical Alliance (EEA) to bring together evangelical initiatives that make an impact in the continent.



Dinner at the Salme Cultural Centre opened five days of networking and collaboration under the motto ‘Unity in Diversity’. “We hope this week helps to start new connections”, EEA’s Operations Manager Hester Zoutman said as she introduced the first plenary session of this “working conference”.



The third edition of Hope for Europe is brining together around 370 people and 37 countries are represented.



 



Hollman Taavi, Vice President of the Estonian Evangelical Alliance. / EEA, Christoph Grötzinger



The Vice President of the Estonian Evangelical Alliance, Hollman Taavi, enthusiastically welcomed everyone to the small Nordic country – 1.3 million people -, “one of the most secularised in the world”.



Estonia, (where only 6 in 10 speak its national language), regained independence in 1991, after a “singing revolution”, Taavi explained. The difficulties in the past, he said quoting Philippians 1:12, have opened doors to new opportunities for the Good News. “We need a revolution of hope”, also in the rest of Europe. “May God advance His gospel”.



 



“A DANCING FLOOR”



Thomas Bucher, Secretary General of the EEA said the church has the challenge to be open to God’s lead in getting the gospel message across to today’s Europe. “Habits and traditions” inside the churches may need to be “questioned” at times, in this process.



 



The Credo Allika Chamber Choir sang Estonian songs and well-known gospel songs during the night. / Herman Spaargaren



In a continent “largely saturated with ‘me’ and the ‘I’, we can we offer a caring community”, Bucher said. Evangelicals need to be able to “share the story of the Bible where it gets lost” and become examples of integrity and character in areas in which these are lacking.



He called everyone to use the “dancefloor” of the conference, “bring something and take other things home”. “Let’s start dancing together this week, and bring hope to Europe”.



 



A SECULARISED EUROPE



Frank Hinkelmann, President of the EEA, referred to a recent Pew Research report about the spiritual landscape in Western Europe (only 17% attend church at least once a month) to call Christians to “share the good news with a continent in which many of the citizens don’t have a knowledge and relationship with Jesus Christ”.



 



Frank Hinkelmann, at Hope for Europe in Tallinn. / EEA, Christoph Grötzinger



“What unites us as evangelicals is that we believe in Jesus as the only way to salvation. But where are diverse in many aspects”, also from a cultural point of view. “These days I pray that we celebrate our unity in Christ, but let’s also celebrate our diversity”.



 



HOPE AWARD FOR ESTONIAN EVANGELICALS



During the evening, the Estonian Evangelical Alliance, which has developed as many as 16 thematic networks in the country, was awarded the Hope Award 2018, which is given annually by the EEA to an “organisation doing something outstanding in its field”.



The Credo Allika Chamber Choir sang Estonian songs and well-known gospel songs in more than one occasion during the evening.



 



The Estonian Evangelical Alliance received the Hope Award. / EEA, Christoph Grötzinger



NETWORKS AND EVENTS



Evangelism in a New Age, Prayer, Christian Educators, Arts+, Refugee Ministries, Roma people, are some of the 17 networks that will be working on common initiatives and sharing resources in Tallin this week.



A Night of Hope in the city in collaboration with local Estonian churches will close the conference on Thursday.



 



Hester Zoutman led the first evening. / Herman Spaargaren



Follow updates of the Hope for Europe conference 2018 on EEA’s Facebook page.


 

 


0
COMMENTS

    If you want to comment, or

 



 
 
YOUR ARE AT: - - ‘Unity in Diversity’: Hope for Europe week starts in Tallinn
 
ADVERTISING
 
 
 
AUDIOS Audios
 
Julia Doxat-Purser: 25 years of EEA office in Brussels Julia Doxat-Purser: 25 years of EEA office in Brussels

An interview with the socio-political representative of the European Evangelical Alliance about how evangelical Christians work at the heart of the European Union.

 
Ruth Valerio: A lifestyle that cares about creation Ruth Valerio: A lifestyle that cares about creation

Are Christians called to make a difference in environmental care? What has creation care to do with "loving our neighbours"? An interview with the Global Advocacy and Influencing Director of Tearfund.

 
Lars Dahle: Nominal Christianity, a mission field for the church Lars Dahle: Nominal Christianity, a mission field for the church

An interview with Lars Dahle, of the Steering Committee of the Lausanne Movement Global Consultation on Nominal Christianity held in Rome.

 
PICTURES Pictures
 
IFES World Assembly: ‘Messengers of Hope’ IFES World Assembly: ‘Messengers of Hope’

Students, graduates and staff of the global evangelical student movement reflected together on how the books of Luke and Acts apply to today's universities.

 
Christians at work - the missing link in fulfilling the Great Commission Christians at work - the missing link in fulfilling the Great Commission

Photos of the Lausanne Movement Global Workplace Forum, celebrated in Manila.

 
European Freedom Network Bridge 2019 conference European Freedom Network Bridge 2019 conference

Images of the fifth EFN gathering. Experts, activists, counsellors and church leaders met in Pescara, Italy.

 
VIDEO Video
 
Porn exploits victims of human trafficking Porn exploits victims of human trafficking

The European Freedom Network launches a new anti-trafficking campaign: “You have no way of knowing if the porn you are looking at is from someone who chose to be there or not”.

 

 

 
What makes humans different to artificial intelligence machines? What makes humans different to artificial intelligence machines?

David Glass, Senior Lecturer in Computer Science at Ulster University (Northern Ireland) analyses whether a computer can have emotions or a conscious experience.

 
A tent of hope for Venezuelan refugees A tent of hope for Venezuelan refugees

Thousands still cross the border to Colombia every week, and many continue on foot into the interior. Christian young people have set up an aid station along the road.

 
How has Christianity influenced the modern world? How has Christianity influenced the modern world?

Paul Copan, Chair of Philosophy and Ethics of Palm Beach Atlantic University, explains how many key features of Western civilization, are the legacy of the biblical faith being lived out by believers in society.

 
GWF in Manila: “Kingdom building requires global collaboration” GWF in Manila: “Kingdom building requires global collaboration”

850 from 108 countries met for the Global Workplace Forum, June 25-29. The gathering was organised by the Lausanne Movement. “Every workplace is a place of ministry”.

 
 
Follow us on Soundcloud
Follow us on YouTube
 
 
WE RECOMMEND
 
PARTNERS
 

 
AEE
EVANGELICAL FOCUS belongs to Areópago Protestante, linked to the Spanish Evangelical Alliance (AEE). AEE is member of the European
Evangelical Alliance and World Evangelical Alliance.
 

Opinions expressed are those of their respective contributors and do not necessarily represent the views of Evangelical Focus.