22 September

Snapshots of Berlin, vol. 1

The Trek7 team of young adults from the U.S. was asked to submit a photo or two that represented their summer in Berlin or something that impacted them about the city. This was Daniel’s submission, taken after serving with a partnering ministry that reaches out to those entering Berlin and living in temporary housing due […]

15 September

Berlin: The Place to Be

Local leaders share about the unique environment Berlin offers businesses and residents:     “Berlin has a very important role in Europe, and that has become increasingly so … It draws people from all over the planet who work, who like working across boundaries.” “Berlin still feels like a raw place, not raw in the […]

8 September

More in Common Than I Thought

Ever since the day I hit Berlin soil on September 12, 2013, my mind and soul have been whirring. In every moment there is something new to process, to take in, to experience, to pray about, to understand. Whether it be learning the German language, understanding one of many cultures in Berlin, discovering our team […]

19 May

They Said It

  You didn’t hear it from us!    “Paris is always Paris and Berlin is never Berlin!” (Jack Lang, French former culture minister, talking about how fast Berlin is changing, 2001)   “Berlin ist arm, aber sexy.” (“Berlin is poor, but sexy.”) (Klaus Wowereit, Governing Mayor, in a television interview, 2004)   “Berlin combines the culture of […]

13 May

Leading the Way

    Why Berlin is Leading the Way for Entrepreneurs   The startup scene in Berlin is drawing a lot of international attention—for a few good reasons. Here are some poignant observations from Julie Meyer on the growing startup scene in Berlin and the influence it could have globally:     “It’s bold, ambitious and […]

7 April

Operation Urban

Operation World is the go-to resource for those with a heart to see the gospel take root around the world. Written by Patrick Johnstone, it is an informative and insightful guide that has mobilized prayer and inspired generations of cross-cultural workers to help fulfill the Great Commission. In March, Johnstone released a new book, along […]

19 March

The Shifting Donut

    The dynamic nature of cities pushes us to be continual learners. What was once true about a city ten years ago may not be true today. Neighborhoods change, demographics shift, industries are born or die out. In order to be effective in cities, we need to be students that seek to understand the […]

17 February

What You Don’t Know About Charrette (#1)

  #1 –  Charrette is Not a New Strategy   The diversity of the city necessitates many kinds of methods and approaches. One strategy for gospel transformation will not be effective in all parts of the city with people of different backgrounds, beliefs or behaviors. For example, there are at least six distinct approaches being […]

10 February

Insanely Easy Ways to Understand Your City – #1

  Demographic studies, guidebooks, websites and informal conversations are a few tools we can use to understand the history, behaviors, values, or needs of urban centers. As students of the city, these tools are informative and helpful. Yet they are not the only resources we have to dig deeper into our cities and communities. Here […]

28 January

Welcoming the Refugee: A City Scrambling

Cities are often the first place refugees and asylum seekers land. Governments alone have trouble handling the influx of those in need and often welcome practical help from private organizations, including churches. Here is a closer look at the challenges Berlin faces as they stretch their resources and seek to welcome those from Africa and […]