We see young people uniting across Europe, actively living out the gospel of the Kingdom in all areas of society.
To connect and empower ‘fire starters’ unto a missional lifestyle that impacts their areas of influence.
- Local Events & Workshops in Cities at Semester Start
- National Highlights like Camps and Workshops in Semester Break
- Online Trainings and Network Calls All Year
- YWAM Bases: Equivalent Involvement in DTSes
GOALS & PRINCIPLES
X.“Identify the Heat.”
# Connecting Like-minded & Like-hearted People
# Activating Faith for the City
#Raising Up the Committed
3.“Fuel the Flames.”
# Empowering a Missional Lifestyle
4.“Spread like Wildfire!”
#Multiplying the Gospel through Innovation
— Beginnings —
In 2012 in Herrnhut, Germany, a group of YWAM worship leaders gathered together and expressed their mutual desire for greater depth in worship. The group quickly grew to more 40 people regularly coming together in houses for worship and prayer. ,Their desire to connect our work for God with a reviving relationship with the Lord led the birth of what became the “Revive Community.”
A few months later, God emphasized to venture into three expressions: to establish a culture of prayer and worship in YWAM Herrnhut, to start Revive-focused Discipleship Training Schools (DTS), and to launch touring in Europe with a special emphasis on Germany, believing that there is revival God is stirring all over the continent.
The Revive community and the Revive DTSes continued to grow, and in the fall of 2014 several of us from YWAM Herrnhut embarked on a prayer journey across Germany. We were hungry to see God’s Kingdom alive in this nation, and sought God for clarity in how He was moving.
While on this journey, God gave us a very specific vision of small fires all over the nation. These individual fires ignited rapidly, growing together and engulfing all of Germany in flames, spreading to the surrounding nations as the same was happing all over Europe, and eventually spreading all over the world. We felt God inviting us to recognize the reality of this situation – these fires represent individuals who are passionate about the Gospel and seeing the Kingdom of God become an everyday reality on earth!
— Formation —
Seeds of revival are bursting out of the ground all over the country! And we are to come alongside to connect and empower these starting fires, so they unite, get fueled, and multiply.
God is doing something in Germany, and we recognize the need to connect and empower young Christians. The body of Christ is meant to work together, but how can we do that if we don’t know each other? This sparked the idea of the first “Firestarters” Gathering in 2015. More than 100 people came together to seek God for revival in their cities and nations. This led to regular tours to university cities each semester start, summer outreaches worldwide, the development of the Discipling Nations Online School or DNOS, and further trainings like the Firestarters Workshop, Project 7, and the Mini DTS.
Each year God kept revealing to us on a deeper level what He is doing in Germany and how He wants us to partner with Him in it, which formed the “Firestarters principles” as guidelines for what we do. Our awareness grew that God wants to raise revivalists and reformers all over the country in all spheres of society as a new wave of missionaries into our cities and nations!
— Expansion —
Two years later God emphasized that it is time to expand, both as a team and also geographically now to launch into Europe. As a grown team, right after New Year in 2018 we spread out to different nations to learn what God is doing in Europe and to look for open doors where God might want us to connect for the future. We were amazed recognizing again all the “fires” that God has started! We discovered everywhere the same hunger to come together as the body of Christ and to see revival in their cities and their nations transformed!
We are continuing to dream and strategize with God, and look forward to what the future holds not just for Germany but for Europe. Currently new Firestarters teams are forming in the Netherlands and in Switzerland, and God has highlighted to us very clearly to engage soon with France and Italy as well as Central Europe, believing for further involvement step by step in more European countries in the North, East, South, and West, as relationships build. Maybe with you for your nation?
If this is on your heart, you are already a Firestarter! Join us and other like-minded individuals as we prepare the firewood, start fires, fuel fires, and spread like wildfire to see Europe reached with the Gospel of God’s kingdom!