In September I was privileged to attend the annual gathering of our EBF family of nations hosted in Tallinn, Estonia. Though it may be one of the smaller nations in the EBF, Estonia makes up for it by providing influential and quality leaders!
While there I visited a most encouraging ministry called “3D”, a youth church which started with a handful of youth a few years ago and now has grown to two thriving congregations in two cities in Estonia. The pastor of the main church is only 28 years old! The range of youth that are being reached with the gospel in their language, music and culture was inspiring and many have been transformed and come to faith through this work.
The church meets in house groups once a week through the cities. Then they come together for a monthly celebration service. The service is 5 hours long! You would hardly notice the time. They spend time eating a meal together, worshipping, hearing some Biblical teaching and then a baptism service in the lake near the retreat centre where they meet.
The leadership are passionate about reaching out to the “margins”, to youth who don’t “get church” and yet they demonstrate what I believe is very much what the early church was based on in Acts.
It was inspirational to witness and I am excited to see where this will spread not only in Estonia, but maybe across Europe!
About Jeff & Deann Carter
Jeff and Deann serve with CBM in Europe, based in the Czech Republic where Jeff is Youth Ministry Training Coordinator and Advisor for the European Baptist Federation (EBF), an organization comprised of Baptist federations and unions from across 51 countries. He is also a faculty lecturer at the International Baptist Theological Seminary. Deann has served in several pastoral roles, was Chaplain at Mount Allison University, pastor of visitation/youth at Moncton First Baptist Church, Pastoral Care Director at Spencers nursing home and part-time chaplain at two hospitals prior to joining Jeff in international missions work.