Tag Archives: Patrick Nachtigall

New Initiative Invests in Young Pastors, Church Planters Across Europe

First meeting of Europe X in Budapest, Hungary.

By Carl Stagner

Ministry in Europe and the Middle East looks very little like ministry in other parts of the world. While churches in parts of the world preach and teach the message of Jesus in cultures already somewhat receptive to Christianity, the experience of pastors and church leaders in countries like France and Spain can be drastically different, difficult, and confounding. As a result, limited support structures have existed in recent generations to encourage and equip young men and women called into ministry. To come alongside these developing leaders, the Church of God in twelve countries came together to launch the Three World Leadership Network (3WLN). Since then, Church of God missionaries and young leaders have made strides toward revitalization of the church through partnership, awareness, networking, and encouragement. Earlier this year, they took the next step to invest specifically in young pastors and church planters passionate about multiplication in the midst of a challenging post-Christendom reality. Continue reading

Young Leaders Answer the Call in Italy

Nick and Suellen Lovaglio

By Patrick Nachtigall

One of the great thrills of working in the Europe-Middle East Church of God is seeing how many young leaders are emerging that are committed to stay with the Church of God in the future. Though the Three Worlds Leadership Network (3WLN), young pastors and others between the ages of twenty and forty-five who are working for the church can stay in contact with each other, do ministry together, and be a source of encouragement and synergy. At our latest 3WLN, our newest pastor couple were Nick and Suellen Lovaglio, who have answered the call together to ministry in Treviso, Italy. Continue reading

Paris, France: Revolutionary Ministry Celebrates First Anniversary

@home Church’s first anniversary celebration.

By Patrick Nachtigall

When Samir Salibi moved to Paris, France, as a twelve-year-old, non-Christian immigrant from Lebanon, little did he know that one day, two decades later, he would be coming to the rescue of many migrants and displaced people himself. But that is exactly what happened, and on December 2, members of the Three Worlds missionary team of the Church of God in Europe and the Middle East were in Paris to celebrate the first anniversary of this revolutionary new ministry. Continue reading

God is On the Move in Egypt

Jim Lyon speaks to leaders in Egypt.

By Ken Oldham

The birth of the Protestant Reformation is attributed to Martin Luther nailing his Ninety-five Theses on the door of the Wittenberg Church (Germany) on October 31, 1517. All across the region, this 500th anniversary has been remembered, and the evangelical churches in Egypt began planning months ago to have a special event of their own, encouraging each church group to seek international guests to join the celebration. The Church of God in Egypt was delighted to have Global Strategy regional coordinator Patrick Nachtigall, U.S.-Canada general director Jim Lyon, and Pastor Marcus Archer of Crosspoint Church (Natchez, Mississippi) accept their invitation to join the celebration, November 17–19, in Cairo. Continue reading

New Ministry Reaches Refugees in Paris

By Patrick Nachtigall

This February we visited Paris to see the new work that has been established. Our Three World Leadership Network (3WLN) leader, Samir Salibi (Paris Church of God), has launched a new ministry and church called @home. This amazing new ministry is both a community of faith and a network of Christian refugee assistance. The faith community is in the process of becoming an officially recognized church and comprises people deeply committed to doing ministry to the refugees populating Paris, other parts of France, Greece, and elsewhere in Europe. Already they have been actively involved in Greece, which is a significant refugee entry point for Europe. Energetic young people and new converts enjoy being involved in a church that has such an active, missional DNA. Continue reading

International Outreach to Refugees Growing Fast

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Photo: Cultural differences fade when Christ is in view.

By Patrick Nachtigall

The global refugee crisis continues to affect Europe greatly. North Africans are continuing to make the dangerous journey toward Italy. Refugees are entering into Europe by way of Russia, and nearly one million continue to live in temporary housing in Germany. Many governments are reacting with anti-immigrant hostility, and racist and nationalist parties are gaining ground across the continent. Fortunately, the church is different than the world. Continue reading

Churches in Europe Taking Risks

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Photo: Ostia Church of God in worship.

By Patrick Nachtigall

Can they inspire North American Churches?

A massive refugee crisis, an aging population, economic challenges, and political upheaval are hitting Europe all at the same time. The world does not stay the same. Consequently, the churches that can survive and even flourish are those that are willing to change, take risks, and use crisis to create opportunity. Continue reading

Personal Tribute to Sharon Skaggs

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By Patrick Nachtigall

Editor’s Note: Patrick Nachtigall is Sharon’s son-in-law. Patrick and Jamie Nachtigall are the Global Strategy regional coordinators for Europe and the Middle East. Scroll to the bottom of the page for memorial service arrangements and memorial gifts. This tribute appeared originally on three-worlds.com.

The longer I live, the more I think life boils down to two things: strength of character and love.

We lost our mom suddenly and unexpectedly this past week, and more than anyone I have ever met, Sharon Skaggs exemplified these two things. Her strong character meant that she was exactly who you thought she was and who she said she was. There was no disparity between the public Sharon and the private Sharon. The kind, graceful, gracious, smiling Sharon that you saw in public was exactly who she was behind closed doors. And as far as love is concerned, she had no enemies and showed love to all equally, regardless of their status. Sharon, unlike most of us, was who she needed to be every day in the exact same way. Continue reading

Remembering Sharon Skaggs

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By Patrick Nachtigall

Sharon E. Skaggs
January 9, 1947–January 8, 2016

Sharon Elaine Skaggs passed away unexpectedly in Salem, Oregon, on Friday, January 8, 2016. Born to Ed and Marilyn Gossen on January 9, 1947, she lived a full life characterized by her service to others. Sharon grew up on a farm in South Dakota and, after graduating from Warner Pacific College in Portland, Oregon, financially managed The Double K Ranch, a nonprofit organization providing alternative care to troubled teens in Washington State. From 1981 to 1991, she and her family lived in Cairo, Egypt, serving the church community throughout Egypt. She was a loving caretaker and primary support for her late husband in his battle with cancer from 1988 to 1993. After his passing, Sharon continued serving others, working in missionary care through Global Missions (now Global Strategy) of Church of God Ministries in Anderson, Indiana. She served in many roles including Living Link coordinator, director of personnel and head of finance, and retired in 2011, having served the organization and the greater church for thirty years. Sharon served on the Children of Promise board of directors for fifteen years. She also served on the staff of Children of Promise for much of 2015. Even in retirement, Sharon was actively involved with the local food pantry and traveled internationally as a volunteer for Children of Promise. Sharon recently moved to Salem, Oregon, to be closer to family. She had already begun to serve in another local food pantry and anticipated more international travels. Continue reading

New Book from Warner Press Explains Events in the Middle East

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At Church of God Convention later this month, Warner Press will release a timely new book by cross-cultural missionary Patrick Nachtigall. Titled Facing Islam without Fear, the book covers the dramatic changes occurring in the Middle East and argues that Christians cannot live in fear of the upheaval occurring in the Islamic world.

The news media has become a very poor source for understanding the complexity of the Islamic world. “Most of us who have traveled, worked, or lived extensively in the Islamic world are struck by the friendliness of the people, their knowledge of politics and history, and the intellectual sophistication of many of the people we meet,” Nachtigall writes. The book breaks through the misinformation and simplistic analysis found in the media, but also forcefully argues in-depth that the rise of Islamic extremism indicates that Islam itself is in upheaval. Continue reading

Beware Religion in Politics, or Politics in Religion? New Book from Warner Press

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The 2014 mid-term elections continue to underscore the influence of religious beliefs upon public policy. Christians, Muslims, Jews, and even atheists demand to be heard in debates about terrorism, immigration, gun control, health insurance, and other hot button issues. But how does American political ideology influence its religious beliefs, especially in the evangelical Christian community? Patrick Nachtigall, a missiologist living in Berlin, believes American culture has shaped American evangelicalism so decisively that evangelicals are ill-prepared to face the economic and spiritual challenges ahead. Continue reading

Church of God in Europe and the Middle East Stands Together, Too

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By Patrick Nachtigall

At the same time that the Global Gathering is taking place in Anderson, Indiana, five thousand miles away, the churches of Europe and the Middle East will be having their own special regional Global Gathering. This event, spearheaded by the German Church of God, is an effort to continue building on the region’s wonderful unity, cooperation, and love for each other. Continue reading

African Church Joins Holland Church of God

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By Patrick Nachtigall

In February, Patrick made a trip to Holland and preached at Eglise La Lumiere du Christ—a Congolese church that has decided to join the Church of God in Holland. Patrick welcomed them into the Church of God family and preached a sermon about the important, catalytic role they can play here in Europe. Located in the town of Geleen, the church is pastored by Jacque Zola, a Congolese who also works full-time and attends seminary in nearby Belgium. Pastor Zola reports that he is thrilled to be connected with the Church of God and appreciates the opportunities for fellowship with the other Holland churches and the wider Church of God network. Their congregation has up to one hundred people on some Sundays and consists entirely of African immigrants. The church will be facing a challenge soon as they will most likely need to find a new building space to rent. Please pray for them. Continue reading