|Worship service at an Evangelical Church of the Czech Brethren. Source: Presbyterian Mission|
Since 1989, the Presbyterian Church has supported Christian witness in the Czech Republic through a long and active partnership with the Evangelical Church of the Czech Brethren (ECCB).
According to Presbyterian News Service, the ECCB has more than 70,000 members and 250 congregations in the country and is the largest Protestant denomination in a very secular society. The church’s Diakonia operates 150 Diaconal Centers that offer extensive and much-needed social services for the underserved.
“For the ECCB this partnership is a concrete dimension of being part of the global fellowship of Christians,” said Gerhard Frey-Reininghaus on behalf of the Synodal Council, in an interview with Presbyterian News Service. “We are with the PC(USA) together, a part of the Body of Christ in this world through God’s spirit of love and peace. In this fellowship of brothers and sisters in Christ, we can experience in a special way God’s love in sharing our lives, our concerns, our hopes and troubles. We share our faith through praying for each other, in worshiping together and listening together to God’s Word and Christ’s call to be his followers in this world.”
The PC and the ECCB have strong links through a partnership network of congregations, which has developed over the last 30 years.
A partnership working group coordinates the network’s activities. Partnership conferences have occurred four times since 2008 in both the U.S. and the Czech Republic.
The next conference is planned for July 2023 in Olomouc, Czech Republic.
Source: Presbyterian Mission