The EEA exists to foster unity and evangelical identity and provide a voice and platform to evangelical Christians. Seeking empowerment by the Holy Spirit, it extends the Kingdom of God by proclamation of the Gospel to all nations and by Christ-centred transformation within society.
The European Evangelical Alliance brings together both the national Evangelical Alliances of Europe and a large number of pan-European mission agencies. It has existed as a regional group since the 1950’s, but traces its roots to the 1846 conference at which the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) was established. It is the European section of the WEA. Seeking Christ-like transformation in Europe, the European Evangelical Alliance serves as the dynamic centre for equipping and resourcing, the European wide trusted Evangelical voice, and the connecting hub for greater strategic impact.
We aim to think globally and act locally, nationally and regionally. Our goal is to help one another to be contemporary Christian communities which both transform and redeem our wider communities. The EEA encourages national Alliances to serve one another, and seeks to develop national Evangelical Alliances where they do not yet exist.
Our mission can be best summarized with the words: Connect, Equip & Represent
The European Evangelical Alliance is a fellowship of Christians who accept the revelation of the triune God given in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments and confess the faith of the Gospel therein set forth. They assert the following doctrines which they regard as crucial to the understanding of the faith, and which should issue in mutual love, practical Christian service and evangelistic concern:
As Europe’s largest evangelical association, the EEA connects many church networks, ministries and organisations for greater strategic impact. In accordance with Jesus’ prayer in John 17, unity among Christians and evangelism go hand-in-hand. EEA’s various projects foster unity, synergy and collaboration between its members and many others on topics of common concern. Since its beginning in 1846 the Evangelical Alliance has therefore stressed the importance of united prayer.
The EEA Youth Network equips a growing number of national youth networks.
The EEA is in close partnership with the European Evangelical Missionary Alliance (EEMA) and continues regular, informal relations with Hope for Europe.
Through its networks and initiatives, the EEA serves to equip its members by making available expertise, producing papers, initiating research and through making available resources on various topics like theology, missiology, social justice and more. Many of these resources can be found through the EEA Website.
The EEA is uniquely positioned as a representative voice; advancing biblical beliefs and values, addressing public concerns and advocating for justice from an evangelical perspective. EEA’s voice includes its engagement with pan European faith communities, the European Union institutions and various bodies and behind-the-scenes diplomacy with governments, as well as its engagement with the media on European issues.
The EEA Brussels office represents 23 million European evangelicals from 35 countries to the European Union.
The EEA Socio-Political arm helps national Evangelical Alliances to develop their social, advocacy, and religious liberty ministries
The Refugee Campaign coordinates the efforts of many in order to help Evangelicals across Europe respond appropriately to the current asylum crisis. Visit our online platform www.eearefugees.org.
The signs concerning the refugee and asylum crisis have been on the horizon for a while and still took many by surprise. Combine the Christians, churches and specialist ministries and the response of Europe’s Evangelicals to the refugee situation is huge.
In response the EEA has connected resources and people, opened access to stories, good practice, information, contacts and all the more from its vast constituency in Europe and even beyond.
Did you know that the European Evangelical Alliance was originally founded as a counter-movement to the World Evangelical Fellowship? First published in the Evangelical Review of Theology Vol. 44 No.2 (2020), Frank Hinkelmann, Austrian church historian and president of the European Evangelical Alliance, tells the story of our founding history, in this article.
In an additional article, which was first published in the Evangelical Review of Theology Vol. 45 No. 1 (2021), Frank Hinkelmann, outlines the further development and the significance of the European Evangelical Alliance up to the present day.