Antiochia Teams seeks to

exalt Jesus Christ (Phil. 1:20), reach people in German-speaking countries with the gospel (Mark 16:15), lead them into the discipleship of Christ, and plant churches, which are faithful to the Scriptures, thus fulfilling the Great Commission.


Church planting is a spiritual endeavor. The proclamation of the gospel, the conversion of people to Jesus Christ, and the establishing of local churches, are from the beginning, and in its very nature, spiritual endeavors, which can only be carried out by spiritual means. This is what we want to express in our values. All practical questions in church planting are considered and answered on this foundation (Psalm 127:1).

  • Persistent and sincere prayer as the foundation of all activities in the Lord, all church ministry, and all pursuits of evangelism. (Matthew 7:7-11)
  • A confident trust in the life-giving activity of the Word of God, and a passionate love for this very Word, the Scriptures. This conviction rests on the joyful confession of the Infallibility and Inerrancy of the Scriptures (in its original manuscripts), and leads to a desire for expository teaching and preaching of the Word of God in the local church. (Psalm 119, Matthew 5:18-19, 2. Tim 4:2)
  • A lifestyle of personal holiness, and flowing out of this, a cultivation of our personal relationship with God, and the relationships within the church planting team, as priority before all other demands in the service of planting churches. (1. Peter 1:14-16, Mark 12:29-31)
  • Faith in the sovereignty of God in all steps of church planting. Based on this, team members do not seek their sense of self-worth vainly in the success of the church plant, but in the love and relationship with our heavenly Father. (Psalm 127:1, Eph. 3:18-19)
  • The verbal proclamation of the gospel as undeniable and central means of evangelism, and simultaneously, an urgent desire, motivated by the love of Christ, to consider all possible approaches to evangelism, and implement them if deemed appropriate. (Ro. 10:14, 1. Cor. 9:22, 2. Cor. 5:14)
  • The support and participation in missions from the very beginning of the church plant, based on the call of God to world mission, and its life giving effect through the Spirit to both the life of the individual and the church body. (Acts 1:8)


Now in the church at Antioch there were prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen (who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch) and Saul.  While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.”  So after they had fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on them and sent them off. Acts 13:1-3 (NIV)