Area: 78,864 sq km
Landlocked central European state.
Population: 10,410,786 Annual Growth: 0.42%
Official language: Czech Languages: 20 All languages
Largest Religion: Non-religious
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Christian leadership development is a key to growth. For many years, little training was permitted, especially in biblical theology. But now the nation enjoys several excellent theological training facilities in the best Protestant traditions Baptist, Reformed, Pentecostal and interdenominational Bible colleges. The Evangelical Theological Seminary and the International Baptist Theological Seminary, both in Prague, wield positive biblical influence throughout central Europe. TEE programmes are also vital for training capable leaders across the country, since church planting increases the number of small congregations. Pray for all forms of theological education to shape knowledgeable, relevant, Christ-like leaders. Pray also that leadership formation, extending beyond the academic classroom, may create authentic spiritual communities where such learning is applied in the lives of the Czech people.
Freedom has both created opportunities and taken the edge off the church; greater division and spiritual error are threats. Marginal sects are very active in proselytism. Rejecting the hard path of unity and partnership to do ones own thing is easier than ever. Pray that the many expatriate workers would serve Czech churches in positive and fruitful ways (as most already do!) rather than build rival kingdoms. The Evangelical Alliance coordinates member churches toward common goals. Pray for the indigenous Church as it matures into a sending Church. The Christian Mission Society (KMS) is vital in coordinating home and foreign mission.
For an additional 6 Challenges for Prayer see Operation World book, CD-ROM, or DVD-ROM.
The Operation World book, CD-ROM, and DVD-ROM provide far more information and fuel for prayer for the people of Czech Republic.