29 September

Write Off All Ideas from the Outside

Posted by in Berlin, Cities, Collaboration

What Not To Do When Working in an Urban Center 6. Write off all outside help or ideas. This is the other opposite extreme to the blog post on the fifth posture (“Readily adopt successful ministry ideas from other contexts”) that isn’t helpful when working in an urban context.   This attitude assumes that NOTHING will work […]

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 […]

13 April

Everyday Messages

Posted by in Berlin

I hear very different perspectives on refugees coming into Berlin. I will meet one person that feels very strongly about helping those who are in search of a new home and the same day I will talk to someone that doesn’t even want to hold a conversation with a refugee. Walking in the city, though, […]

26 March

Martin Luther, Oktoberfest or Fußball?

Posted by in Berlin

What are your first thoughts of Germany? Many still associate Germany with the Reformation and consider it the center of modern Christianity. But things have changed. Germany no longer has the Christian influence it once did — mainly because it doesn’t actually believe what it once did. This insightful post by Derwin L. Gray explores 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 […]