A statue of Saint John of Nepomuk looks out over the Main River in the historic Höchst district of Frankfurt, Germany. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.
The 51,000 member United Methodist Church in Germany may be a minority church, but it’s a vital church, says Bishop Harald Rückert.
“We have to be realistic and there is no recipe. I try to emphasize that in some places we have good resources, some places we have money, some places we have good people. We have to bring them together,” Rűckert said.
The bishop said he urges the churches to try new things and if that fails, try something else. The denomination has taken that advice to heart — reaching out to a huge influx of immigrants as well as finding ways to reach the unchurched in an increasingly secular society.
“The task is how can we together have a strong Christian voice in our society.”
Read the UMNS special report about The United Methodist Church in Germany.
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