Instead of merely reading Acts 17 about Paul preaching on Mars Hill in Athens, come and stand on Mars Hill yourself to look out over Athens, seeing some of what Paul saw and more. Instead of trying to understand the challenges of spiritual life in ancient Corinth, come and see why standing faithfully for Christ was so difficult in that city – and how that applies in our digital world today. Allow the freshness of being on-site in New Testament locations bring new awareness of the reality of the truth of Scripture and the challenge of bringing the message of the grace of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to men, women, and children in today’s world.
Although Paul brought the Gospel to Greece and Athens two millennia ago, today Greece’s evangelical Protestants account for less than one-quarter of one percent of Greece’s 10.7 million people (about the same as Georgia). The Greek Orthodox Church predominates life in Greece in many ways, but not in spiritual life. Even though tacit allegiance is given to the Orthodox Church, day-to-day life is not impacted by a relationship to Christ. And yet, Greeks are looking for answers – in spiritual directions. The economic upheaval of ten years ago and the international pandemic of 2020 have rewritten the confidence and thinking of many people. The old certainties are no longer certain; reliable answers are sought.
Meet Our Missionaries
The Athens City Team is a growing team, consisting currently of two married couples (one native Greek and one American) and one single (dual citizenship). The Athens City Team Vision is that we long to see an equipped, vibrant, and Christ-centered Church impacting all of society through the hope and power of the Gospel. This impact on Greek society occurs as believers demonstrate authenticity, humility, gratitude, and mission zeal. As we live lives of open transparency because of God’s grace at work in our lives, we trust the Holy Spirit to reach others with a thirst and desire for the vibrant reality of what each person sees in the life of a believer in Jesus. While Stefanos teaches at the Greek Bible College and Manon serves there, they are also the pastoral couple and leaders of the Kypseli Evangelical Church. Larry and Jill provide leadership support, teaching, and a quilting ministry in the Glyfada Evangelical Church. All are involved in neighborhood outreach.
How is this site strategic?
In a nation that is thought to be an example of Christianity by many, lives transformed by the truth of the Gospel are rare. Religious observance is the mere reality for the overwhelming majority of Greeks. The transforming power of God’s grace is a powerful message in a nation that seeks to perform to impress God. Your ministry in Greece will reach Greeks, but the time and experience will also sharpen your focus in living a life that reflects the transformation which comes through God’s grace alone.
Ministry in Greece starts with building open, personal relationships. The common refrain of “a person will not care how much you know until they know how much you care” has great validity in Greece. Bonds of acquaintance and friendship require time and commitment, but the fruit is rich, deep, and potentially lasting. In 2021, the team will focus in two neighborhood areas: one in Kypseli, which is more in central Athens, and in Glyfada, a suburban city to the south of Athens. Evangelical churches, one in each neighborhood, have distinctive character and ministry opportunities. You will have the opportunity to reach out in both locations.
How You’ll Serve
- First, personal development – a major component of life for a career missionary is personal development, i.e., growing in spiritual depth, emotional resilience, relational dynamics, and physical health as God’s grace brings growth and transformation as a disciple. The life of an APEX team member will walk down that path also.
- Second, practical engagement – ministry activities will potentially include neighborhood outreach and relationship building, children’s camp, English camp, neighborhood work projects, migrant assistance, and other options.
- Third, theological foundation building – you will be instructed and “tested” in your Biblical understanding and convictions – Does what you always believed really apply in the real world of ministry? Is your understanding of God’s grace and the transformational power and freedom of the Gospel what controls your relationship with Christ, or is it something else?
- Finally, missionary service is often a deep learning experience, directed by the Holy Spirit as He knows exactly what is needed for your development and growth. This component is not able to be defined until after the Spirit has already brought the growth and transformation in your life which He seeks.
- On-site ground transportation
- Most ministry expenses
- Orientation and Debrief
- Travel Agent
- Apex Shirt (we knew you were wondering!)
- Visa fees
- Passport fees
- Plane Tickets
In 2021, housing will be in the suburban city of Glyfada. Ministry will occur in both Glyfada and Kypseli, but closer proximity in living location to Larry and Jill’s home will facilitate better integration and teamwork. A number of apartments or long-term AirBnb options will be considered.
What’s included in the price:
Not included in the price:
$550 non-refundable deposit is due April 15, 2021. (This is not an additional fee, just the first $550 of your trip.)
Full trip cost is due June 1, 2021.