New Church Development
The Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Egypt (EPCE)
The Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Egypt (EPCE) is the second-largest church in Egypt, after the Coptic Orthodox Church. In response to demographic changes in Egypt and some new opportunities that the government is providing (including the granting of land for construction of churches in the brand-new cities that are being built in many places around the country), the EPCE is energetically pursuing growth. They see this as a time of openness whose duration is uncertain.
The Outreach Foundation works closely with the Pastoral and Outreach Ministries Council of the Synod of the Nile which has identified three areas in which God is calling the church to pursue outreach: 1) revitalization of village churches, some of them centuries old and primarily in Upper Egypt, 2) planting new churches in urban suburbs, and 3) planting new churches in the new “satellite” cities, such as the church being built in New Asyut shown at the right.
The Council works very closely with the seminary in Cairo which is producing excellent students who are called and equipped for ministry in a remarkable season for the church’s mission.
Amazingly, of the 400 plus Presbyterian Church buildings in Egypt, 25% of them have been constructed in the last decade. Our Egyptian partners believe that they are in a special time and that they must make the most of it.
The Outreach Foundation is seeking gifts totaling $7,000 a month to support the planting/revitalization of Presbyterian churches in Egypt.