Billy Graham Evangelistic Association to Meet in Europe to Revitalize Evangelism: The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) has announced that it is planning to gather Christian leaders from around Europe for a major gathering on evangelism.
The European Congress on Evangelism, which was disclosed in a statement shared on the BGEA website, is scheduled to take place in Berlin, Germany, from May 27 to May 30, 2025. It is with anticipation that 1,000 Christian leaders will attend from every European country and territory.
The anticipated congress comes after a number of previous mission-focused gatherings in Europe, including the first World Congress on Evangelism that was held in Berlin in 1966, the 1974 Lausanne conference, and three strategic evangelism congresses in Amsterdam in 1983, 1986, and 2000.
BGEA said church leaders are expected to restate their commitment to “bold and biblical proclamation evangelism” during the Berlin Congress in 2025.
“In our challenging times, Christians and churches must join hands to spread the good news of Jesus Christ all over Europe again,” Evangelist Ulrich Parzany, who spoke at the Amsterdam 2000 gathering 23 years ago, said.
“I am looking forward to the upcoming European Congress on Evangelism and trust it will trigger enthusiasm and a fresh commitment to do so,” he added.
Welcoming the announcement, Dr Hugh Osgood, president of the UK-based ministry, Churches in Communities International, said, “The church in Europe needs to rise up with fresh confidence. The European Congress on Evangelism will provide the inspiration, strength, and confidence in the gospel that will enable us to do this. Let’s prioritize this opportunity to be together to advance God’s kingdom.”
Although the speakers for the congress have not been confirmed, the theme will center on Romans 1:16, which exhorts believers to be unashamed of the gospel.
BGEA noted that attendance is strictly by invitation only. It also added that attendance is limited to those with European citizenship and whose ministry work is in Europe.