EEA believes that contributing to the welfare of society is part of our Gospel witness.

We are convinced of the importance of biblical values, including justice, righteousness, mercy, stewardship, integrity and compassion. All people are made in the image of God and are infinitely precious. They are capable of both great good but, because of the Fall, also of great wrong. Biblical values are the key to blessing all people, as well as fighting evil. And, by promoting these principles, we help to demonstrate aspects of the holy, loving character of the Lord Almighty.

Thus EEA supports Evangelicals in praying, reaching out in practical support or influencing in the public arena.

We do this through providing opportunities for training, collaboration and sharing of good practice.  This can lead to specialist efforts e.g. the European Freedom Network or the Refugee Campaign.

We also write resources on socio-political issues, drawing on the wisdom of the broad Evangelical family. All of EEA’s political positions go through a careful authorisation process to ensure that they represent a clear majority view of our members.

EEA has two foundational priorities for our socio-political work:

Firstly, sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ remains paramount. The Bible says that Christians are ambassadors of Christ. Therefore, we are commanded to represent Him as fully as we can. We are called to be Good News People. Therefore, our actions in the socio-political sphere must always reflect this. We aim to and invite others to follow the principles in EEA’s Socio-Political Approach and Code of Conduct.

Secondly, the freedom for all people to believe and live according to their faith or worldview is absolutely fundamental for human wellbeing. Therefore, promoting freedom of religion or belief for all is a top priority for EEA. Since our societies are made up of people who adhere to a variety of faiths and worldviews, it is vital that we find a way to live together well while our deep differences are likely to remain. This is only possible when everyone chooses to respect the freedom of religion or belief of their neighbour.  Our vision for how this can be done – the Civil Public Square – is laid out in the Global Charter of Conscience.

The EEA socio-political staff team is small. However, EEA’s socio-political ministry is so much bigger than just their efforts. EEA’s staff, members, networks and partners collaborate together, sharing information and resources, learning and working together. The result is that we are all able to act more swiftly, wisely and effectively to influence situations at local, national, European and, if needed, global levels.

The EEA’s Socio-Political Team

JULIA DOXAT-PURSER, EEA Socio-political Representative & Religious Liberty Coordinator

ARIE DE PATER, EEA Brussels Representative