Firestarters
Europe

About

VISION

We see young people uniting across Europe, actively living out the gospel of the Kingdom in all areas of society.

MISSION

To connect and empower ‘fire starters’ unto a missional lifestyle that impacts their areas of influence.

STRATEGY

  • 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.” 
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Identifying Leaders

1.“Prepare Firewood.”
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 Connecting Like-minded & Like-hearted People
# Activating Faith for the City

2.“Ignite Campfires!” 
#Breaking Isolation
#Raising Up the Committed

3.“Fuel the Flames.”
#Cultivating Discipleship
# 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!

YOU are a Firestarter!

“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people
light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the
house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your
good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”
(Matthew 5:14-16)

Practical information

FIRESTARTERS NIGHTS

If you desire to see like-minded believers from your city gathering together to worship, pray and get equipped to know God more and to make Him known in your city, we want to come alongside you in this dream!

We tour always the first few weeks of the winter semester (October/November) and of the summer semester (April-May). We would love to stop in your city!

Contact us so that we can pray with you and discuss the possibility of a Firestarters team coming to your city!

 

FIRESTARTERS WORKSHOP

How can you live as a firestarter? This weekend workshop will equip you for exactly that! You will understand how revival looks like practically and how you can lay the foundation for it in your lifestyle. You’ll be challenged to gather others in your city to run together, and learn how the gospel can influence every part of society.

The focus is on getting practical right away – finding out what the next step will be for you. You don’t want to come back to your city with fresh vision and passion all alone, so make sure to bring a friend from your city!

We run Firestarters Workshops the weekends after the tour in November and May, gathering from several cities in a region. Contact us for more information.

MINI DTS

Who is God? How can I hear His voice in my daily life? Who am I in Him and what does that mean practically? How can I experience the person of the Holy Spirit in my life, and how can I effectively pray for others and nations? How can I share the Gospel with my family, friends and colleagues?

This one-week intensive course is designed to help answer these questions and lay core foundations for a life of following Jesus. Following the week of teaching we offer optional 10-20-day outreaches to other nations. The “Mini DTS” is a condensed version of the 6-month DTS (“Discipleship Training School”) with YWAM (Youth With A Mission).

The Mini DTS runs in both semester breaks, in February and in August. Contact us for more information.

 

PROJECT 7

God is a good father. He’s a wise teacher, an impartial judge, genius artist, generous provider, servant healer, … How can the world know Him without us being all of that to this world? Our everyday work has the power to help those around us encounter God. It really matters. And it’s what we’re so often looking for – our calling. 

The “Project 7” workshop will transform your life. You will start to see your work or your currently study subject in a totally new way – and become a confident agent of God’s kingdom in your area of profession! Project 7 highlights the biblical worldview or better world vision for 7 prime spheres of influence in any society: family, education, public media, arts & entertainment, economics, government, and the church & mercy ministries.

The Project 7 weekend workshop runs in semester breaks shortly before the new semester starts, in late March and in late September. Contact us for more information.

 

THE FIRESTARTERS GATHERING

If you want to be empowered with the truth of God’s Word, meet others with a passion for revival, and gain more of God’s heart for your nation, join us for the annual Firestarters Gathering in August!

Since 2015, people from all over Germany and surrounding countries converge each summer in Herrnhut for a long weekend of worship and intercession, input, and community. We dive into what it looks like for Biblical truths to transform spheres of society, and strategize together for ways to actively invite the Kingdom of God to shift the culture of our workplaces and universities.

All are welcome as we seek God together for a greater awakening in Europe!

Firestarters Gatherings are emerging in more European countries. Currently we are collaborating with YWAM in the Netherlands, in Switzerland, and in France. Contact us for more information.

DISCIPLING NATIONS ONLINE SCHOOL (DNOS)

Do you desire to see the life of your colleagues, your city, your nation transformed by experiencing the goodness of God? Do you desire to live every day in the fullness of your calling, especially at your university or your workplace? Then this course is made exactly for you!

The “Discipling Nations Online School” is a two-part online course on applying biblical worldview, or rather biblical world vision, to your vocation in your sphere of society, and home-made by Firestarters from YWAM Herrnhut!

DNOS is a part-time course (approx. 5h/week), spread over about 3 months each, and can be done while working, studying, raising a family, or whatever else your season looks like right now. Entries are in late March and in late September.


MISSION EUROPE FIELD TRAINING

The “Mission Europe Field Training” is an online school offered by our Norwegian friends from YWAM Skien to equip people who love Jesus to reach their city together. Learn how to live a “missional lifestyle”!

People in Europe are crying out for hope, purpose, and direction. They need no empty promises; they need real encounters with the living God who changes lives! We believe a key to restoring hope to Europe is through communities of believers who reach out to their city, inviting people into their lives as they follow Jesus together.

How does it work? The 9 months online course consists of 6 modules. Each module consists of a live webcast with teachers from all over the world and a live video small group. There are weekly recorded video teachings, reading, questions and practical assignments. You are provided with personal feedback and coaching. Entries are in mid-August each year.


THE SUITCASE

The Suitcase” is a library of short discipleship videos and resources to equip you to live a missional lifestyle. All for free!

The Suitcase is provided by our friends from the US-based YWAM ministry “The Circuit Riders” in collaboration with “The Send” movement, to catalyze every believer into a lifestyle of Christ-like action.

A similar course we suggest to start with, is the “Permission Granted” course on wildly following Jesus with all your heart, provided by our YWAM friends from the “Fire & Fragrance” ministry.

REVIVE CITY (MINI-OUTREACH)

DTSes from around the country come together for a week of Mini Outreach during their lecture phase. Revive City is a one-week training event focusing primarily on young Christians in university cities who long to know God more and to make God known among their friends and colleagues.

The week consists of evening meetings each night from Monday to Friday. We spend time together in worship and intercession, and diving into key teachings on the culture of revival, such as the character and nature of God, identity, Holy Spirit, prayer, missions, the Kingdom of God, discipleship and multiplication. The week closes off on Saturday with local outreach and a city-wide worship night, uniting people from different churches and ministries.

Our desire is that each participant from the city will finish the week more equipped in making disciples of Jesus and living out Kingdom principles.

If you desire to collaborate with your base or your DTS, or facilitate such a week in your city around May or November, contact us at firestarters@ywamherrnhut.com.

 

DTS REENTRY TRAINING 

We offer a 3-day Reentry Package that focuses not only on cultural reentry but also on missional reentry into the DTS graduates home town and nation.

Contact us for more information.

 

DTS HOME TOURS

One of the most impactful weeks in DTS can be when at the end of DTS before graduation small teams of five DTS students take a week to visit and invest into one of their fellow DTS mates church and home town. It brings what’s been learned in DTS back home. And mobilizes others for missions!

What better way to commission DTS graduates than to send them home first with some of their DTS friends, building a bridge from the foreign outreach nation to their home town and for life after DTS!

We would like to support your base in setting up such a fruitful week! Contact us for more information.

Please connect with us!

Email: firestarters@ywamherrnhut.com

Facebook: firestarters.europe

Instagram: firestarters.europe

Website: www.firestarters-europe.com

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