Everything will change. A Ministry of WorldVenture.
Journey Corps Paris is partnering with Mission OIKOS in the Eastern suburbs of the city. The OIKOS house, where Journeyers live, is within 30 minutes of the 20+ local churches that WorldVenture and its partners have established there.
It's no secret that France is a mission field. Less than 1 percent of the French population's 65 million people can be counted among the world's evangelical community. These numbers are comparable to many muslim nations.
There is however good news. Since 1970, over 1400 new evangelical churches have been established in France, bringing the total number of churches to 2308. Today, on average, a new church is founded every 10 days in France.
There is still much work to be done. For the current French population to have reasonable access to the Gospel, another 4192 churches would need to be planted... today ! This would achieve a ratio of 1 church for every 10 000 people living in France.
The only hermeneutic of the gospel is a congregation
of men and women who believe it and live by it.
- Lessle Newbigin, 1989
Journey Corps serves a vibrant church planting movement in the French-speaking world's largest urban center, Paris (population 12 million). Journeyers integrate church planting teams in the rapidly growing eastern suburbs of the city, where we and our partners have already established more than 20 churches. Journeyers work shoulder to shoulder with experienced practitioners, both learning from and contributing to vital church planting work.
New church development on a scale necessary to reach France with the gospel will require more and better church planting teams. We recognize there is no better way to learn to plant churches than to be apprenticed to an experienced team that is actually establishing communities of Jesus-followers in the Paris region.
Each world area represents a unique learning context, a specific perspective of God's mission. Journey Corps will make several of these learning contexts available to young adults. We believe that as we humbly follow Jesus across cultural barriers He will teach us and transform us for His mission
The Paris region is intensely multi-cultural and pluralistic. French is the other global language that will open Journeyers to different cultures and world-views than English can. In the Paris region, Journeyers can learn from Asians, Africans and people from other parts of Europe. It is possible to learn about Catholic world-views, Islamic world-views, pagan world-views, and secular/postmodern world-views. A fundamental question of our day is how to incarnate Christ in a radically pluralistic society? There is no better context than the Paris region to consider this question experientially
The Paris region is uniquely connected to the rest of the world, both exerting influence and being influenced through these global connections. Journeyers will gain a unique perspective on global issues and participate in strategic service projects: clean water, treatable diseases (malaria), extreme poverty, economic inequality, access to the gospel, etc.
OIKOS is an intentionally diverse, counter-cultural community. We believe strongly in life-on-life personal development and that the greatest hermeneutic for the Gospel is a community of people who live it.
OIKOS is committed to providing the friends, family and mentors that every young leader needs to flourish.
Journeyers in France catch glimpses of what it takes to see long term gospel impact in a city. Our deep focus on language and culture affords journeyers the opportunity of being part of what God is already doing in the french speaking world. Structured learning goals and seminars designed to help Journeyers learn how to live intentional Christian lives in a French context. Journeyers will be members of a real church planting movement in the eastern suburbs of France. They will participate in the life of a church plant, learn from church planters, and see the power of God's church as He builds it.
When Journeyers are not directly involved with community activities, they are living life as language students and learners of culture. Some may be enrolled in formal language school while others work with a french tutor. We call this learning style, “French and Friends”, the more French you learn, the more friends you make, and the more friends you make, the more French you learn.
In addition to studying the French language, every journeyer will actively participate in their community. Some will take cooking classes or play in local sports leagues. These social gatherings will help Journeyers meet people, practice French, make friends, and share the Gospel. Again all these activities serve the church planting movement in France.