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Facts about Liebenzell Mission in English

On this page we com­piled some infor­ma­tion about the work of Lieben­zell Mis­sion in Eng­lish. Just click through the FAQs. We are grate­ful, as an inter­na­tion­al orga­ni­za­tion, togeth­er with co-work­ers and friends from all over the world, to be com­mit­ted to God. If you want you can sup­port the work of the Lieben­zeller Mis­sion  financially.


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Lieben­zell Mis­sion is an evan­gel­i­cal mis­sion orga­ni­za­tion. It oper­ates as a inde­pen­dent insti­tu­tion world­wide in non-denom­i­na­tion­al part­ner­ships. It’s approx­i­mate­ly 230 employ­ees are deployed in 22 coun­tries around the world. They estab­lish Chris­t­ian church­es, pro­vide train­ing, are involved in med­ical and social projects and help in acute emer­gen­cies. As a non-prof­it orga­ni­za­tion, Lieben­zell Mis­sion is financed pri­mar­i­ly by donations.

In 1899 the orga­ni­za­tion was found­ed in Ham­burg by the Ger­man pas­tor Hein­rich Coer­p­er, at the request of the already well-known Chi­na mis­sion­ary James Hud­son Tay­lor. After mov­ing to the Black For­est, the mis­sion­ary orga­ni­za­tion took the name of it‘s new home in 1906 and became “Lieben­zeller Mission”.

Accord­ing to the mot­to “Serv­ing Peo­ple With God’s Love” Lieben­zell mis­sion­ar­ies pass on that the faith in Jesus Christ makes a mean­ing­ful, promis­ing and eter­nal life pos­si­ble. This includes human­i­tar­i­an aid, which is urgent­ly need­ed by many peo­ple, but also goes beyond that. There­fore, the main focus of the work is the estab­lish­ment and growth of Chris­t­ian con­gre­ga­tions abroad. The aim is always that the con­gre­ga­tions become inde­pen­dent on a long-term basis and that aid mea­sures are inte­grat­ed into local church and con­gre­ga­tion projects. The mis­sion­ar­ies are also avail­able to advise the con­gre­ga­tions even when a project has been placed in local hands.

Lieben­zell Mis­sion coop­er­ates with about 60 part­ner church­es and orga­ni­za­tions world­wide and always begins new areas of work abroad upon their invi­ta­tion. Con­gre­ga­tions are estab­lished in part­ner­ship. Projects are being devel­oped and imple­ment­ed togeth­er with the local partners.

As Chris­t­ian faith and prac­ti­cal help go hand in hand, Lieben­zell Mis­sion sup­ports med­ical, tech­ni­cal and social projects — for exam­ple, among AIDS affect­ed or dis­ad­van­taged chil­dren — both in terms of per­son­nel and finances. There­fore, the team of mis­sion­ar­ies world­wide includes not only the­olo­gians but also social work­ers, tech­ni­cal­ly trained staff and med­ical personnel.

Lieben­zell Mis­sion con­scious­ly focus­es on the sus­tain­able devel­op­ment of it’s projects. As a reli­able Chris­t­ian part­ner, it’s employ­ees have in the past always remained involved on scene, in the event of dis­as­ters, short­ages or civ­il war situations.

Lieben­zell Mis­sion works on all con­ti­nents. The focus is on Africa ( incl. Zam­bia, Malawi, Burun­di), Europe (incl. Ger­many, France, Spain) and Asia (incl. Japan, Bangladesh).

Apart from it‘s work abroad, Lieben­zell Mis­sion is also active at home. In East­ern Ger­many employ­ees are involved in mis­sion­ary con­gre­ga­tion­al work, in South­ern Ger­many among migrants and refugees. In addi­tion, Lieben­zell Mis­sion offers a vari­ety of pro­grams with con­gress­es and sem­i­nars in it‘s mul­ti-func­tion­al build­ing in Bad Lieben­zell as well as trav­el oppor­tu­ni­ties to more than 40 coun­tries. Close­ly con­nect­ed to Lieben­zell Mis­sion is the the­o­log­i­cal edu­ca­tion. About 250 young peo­ple are cur­rent­ly study­ing at the Inter­na­tionale Hochschule Lieben­zell (IHL) and the Interkul­turelle The­ol­o­gis­che Akademie (ITA).

  1. We believe in God, the Father.
    We believe that God cre­at­ed and sus­tains the world and human­i­ty through his Word and has ordained and enabled us for fel­low­ship with him and our fel­low humans.
    God has cre­at­ed every human being in his image (Gen­e­sis 1:26) and giv­en them a dig­ni­ty that can nei­ther be lost nor dam­aged. This includes the unborn, weak, poor, dis­placed, dis­en­fran­chised, sick, dis­abled, old, dying.
    We as human beings come to find and know our­selves in the encounter with our Cre­ator. We can­not cre­ate our­selves, nor give our­selves mean­ing and pur­pose. God has cre­at­ed human beings as men and women (Gen­e­sis 1:27) and intend­ed us for cre­ative mutu­al care in life-long mar­riage in the rela­tion­al polar­i­ty of male and female (Matthew 19:3–9). God can also call to a life of sin­gle­ness (Matthew 19:10–12; 1 Corinthi­ans 7).
    God has cre­at­ed the world in a very good way, and has pur­posed us to cul­ti­vate and care for it in respon­si­bil­i­ty before God (Gen­e­sis 2:15). Since the Fall cre­ation waits for its redemp­tion on the Day of Jesus Christ (Romans 8:18–25), when God will cre­ate a new heav­en and a new earth (Rev­e­la­tion 21).


  2. We believe in God, the Son.
    We believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, whom the Father has sent into the world. In him he loved the world so that all who believe in him will not per­ish, but have eter­nal life (John 3:16).
    Every human being has been betrayed, deceived, and bound by the pow­er of sin in its man­i­fold expres­sions (Romans 3:9–18). Sin shows itself as cul­pa­ble deed and trag­ic doom (Romans 5:12–21) in the lost rela­tion­ship with God and the cor­rupt­ed rela­tions to oth­er human beings, cre­ation and one­self (Gen­e­sis 4:1–11; Romans 1:18–32). Human efforts for edu­ca­tion and enable­ment as well as the renew­al of soci­etal struc­tures can­not free human beings from their alien­ation and bondage to sin (Mark 8:36). This occurs only through redemp­tion in Jesus Christ, our Lord. From this redemp­tion fol­lows the man­date to edu­cate, to capac­i­tate, and to assume soci­etal, social, eco­log­i­cal and polit­i­cal respon­si­bil­i­ty (Jere­mi­ah 29:7; Romans 13:1–7; 1 Peter 2:13–17).

    Jesus Christ, tru­ly God and tru­ly human being, is alone the sal­va­tion of the world for all human beings (Acts 4:12). He rec­on­ciled us with God through his sub­sti­tu­tion­al aton­ing death on the cross (2 Corinthi­ans 5:18f), for­gives our sin, sends us into the world (John 17:18; 20:21), and lib­er­ates us to live a life accord­ing to our divine call­ing. He is risen bod­i­ly from the dead and will call all peo­ple to res­ur­rec­tion on his Day, some to eter­nal life, oth­ers to judge­ment (Daniel 12:2; Rev­e­la­tion 20:11–15). Through Jesus Christ’s res­ur­rec­tion from the dead God gives us, already now, a liv­ing hope in the life of God’s king­dom (1 Peter 1:3).

    In Jesus, Israel’s Mes­si­ah, God has estab­lished the promised New Covenant with Israel, in which the Church, called from among the nations, is includ­ed (Jere­mi­ah 31:31; 1 Corinthi­ans 11:25). The elec­tion of the Church of Jews and non-Jews does not replace the per­ma­nent elec­tion of Israel (Romans 11:17f). God him­self will let his peo­ple Israel see the con­sum­ma­tion of sal­va­tion in Christ (cp. Romans 11:25ff).
    At the end of time Jesus Christ will return and rule with his church for all eter­ni­ty (Romans 5:17; 2 Tim­o­thy 2:12; Rev­e­la­tion 22:5).


  3. We believe in God, the Holy Spir­it.
    We believe that the Holy Spir­it was sent to us through the Father and the Son, that he makes us God’s chil­dren by faith in Jesus Christ (Rom 8:14f), leads us into knowl­edge of the truth (1 Tim 2:4), and sends us into the world to bear wit­ness to this truth in word and deed.

    God speaks to us through the Holy Scrip­tures and in them has revealed to us his  char­ac­ter, his will and his salvif­ic deeds in his­to­ry. The Holy Scrip­tures of the Old and New Tes­ta­ments are, as a “liv­ing ser­mon of the Holy Spir­it” (Con­fes­sio Virtem­ber­gi­ca, art. 27), God’s true, inspired, reli­able and trust­wor­thy Word (Psalm 93:5; Isa­iah 45:19; John 17:17; 2 Tim­o­thy 3:16). They are the only stan­dard for the faith, life, activ­i­ty, and sal­va­tion of the church of Jesus and of every sin­gle per­son. In them God’s Word and human word is indi­vis­i­bly bound togeth­er. The uni­ty and diver­si­ty of their tes­ti­mo­ny find their cen­tre in Jesus Christ. This Word pos­sess­es the pow­er to cre­ate, ori­ent, cor­rect, and renew (John 1:1; Hebrews 4:12; 11:3; James 1:18; Matthew 8:8; Psalms 119:105).

    The Church of Jesus Christ is the fel­low­ship of those called forth by God with­in a yet unre­deemed world (1 Peter 2:9). She is sent to live accord­ing to God’s will as salt of the earth and light of the world (Matthew 5:13–16) and to praise and wor­ship the tri­une God unit­ed­ly in cul­tur­al, eth­nic, and nation­al diver­si­ty (Romans 15:5f; Eph­esians 1:12; Rev­e­la­tion 7:9f). The Holy Spir­it calls each mem­ber of His Church to serve and enables every mem­ber with var­i­ous gifts  for the edi­fi­ca­tion of the Church (1 Corinthi­ans 12).
    The Holy Spir­it also equips the Church in times of per­se­cu­tion and great dis­tress with the strength to endure, per­se­vere and cling to the con­fes­sion of hope (Hebrews 10:23). The gates of hell will not over­come her (Matthew 16:18). He leads the Church to inter­cede and helps her in prayer.

    The Holy Spir­it makes the Church a par­tic­i­pant in God’s mis­sion. In this send­ing, the gospel is God’s pow­er to save  all who believe in Jesus Christ (Romans 1:16). The Holy Spir­it enables us to con­fess Jesus Christ (1 Corinthi­ans 12:3), to give account for the hope that is in us (1 Peter 3:15), and to go into all the world as his wit­ness­es, in order to make peo­ple his dis­ci­ples (Matthew 28:18–20).
    Through the Holy Spir­it Jesus calls his world­wide Church to uni­ty in col­lab­o­ra­tive ser­vice and com­ple­men­tary part­ner­ship. He guides her on her way through time to the con­sum­ma­tion of his­to­ry in God’s new creation.

    Rat­i­fied by the Gen­er­al Assem­by of the Lieben­zell Mis­sion on Decem­ber 8, 2017.

Where do you set the focus of your work? What moti­vates you? These are ques­tions we keep hear­ing. And with justification.

There are count­less areas of oper­a­tion for mis­sion­ar­ies world­wide. Work­ing pro­fes­sion­al­ly requires a con­cen­tra­tion on key areas and focus­ing of the work.

Strate­gic Ini­tia­tive 1: Plant­i­ng Con­gre­ga­tions
We plant con­gre­ga­tions! For, young and old, rich and poor, locals and for­eign­ers should meet God in diver­si­ty and con­tribute to inte­gra­tion and rec­on­cil­i­a­tion as blessed persons.

Strate­gic Ini­tia­tive 2: Serv­ing peo­ple
For many peo­ple, each day is a strug­gle for sur­vival. Local con­gre­ga­tions become rel­e­vant to their envi­ron­ment by meet­ing the needs of the peo­ple. This is how Chris­t­ian faith becomes visible.

Strate­gic Ini­tia­tive 3: Liv­ing the Part­ner­ship
We coop­er­ate close­ly with over 60 part­ners abroad. Because mis­sion at eye lev­el is impor­tant to us — influ­enced by com­mon aims and mutu­al learn­ing! Even in cri­sis, dis­as­ter, bot­tle­necks or civ­il wars we remain reli­able partners.

Strate­gic Ini­tia­tive 4: Encour­ag­ing mis­sion
We enable peo­ple of dif­fer­ent cul­tures to act mis­sion­ary in their coun­try and all over the world! In a time when many peo­ple have lost all per­spec­tive, mis­sion is more nec­es­sary than ever. Because mis­sion means sal­va­tion, hope and multiplication.

The­o­log­i­cal edu­ca­tion and world mis­sion have always been close­ly con­nect­ed in Bad Lieben­zell. About 100 years ago Hil­da von Diest donat­ed a large area of land to Lieben­zell mis­sion, on the con­di­tion that “mis­sion trainees” be edu­cat­ed as long as the mis­sion exists. This meant stu­dents of the­ol­o­gy, who would lat­er work as mis­sion­ar­ies all over the world. This prin­ci­ple still holds true today.

In recent years, the num­ber of our stu­dents has increased rapid­ly. Young peo­ple are the deci­sion mak­ers of tomor­row. That’s why we rely on them. The Inter­na­tionale Hochschule Lieben­zell and the Interkul­turelle The­ol­o­gis­che Akademie train young adults — for mis­sion, con­gre­ga­tion and social ser­vices all over the world. The study and liv­ing com­mu­ni­ty encour­ages the char­ac­ter and spir­i­tu­al devel­op­ment as well as the social and prac­ti­cal com­pe­tence of the students.

The Black For­est town of Bad Lieben­zell has been our home for around 120 years. From small begin­nings a lot has devel­oped. Many peo­ple have received impuls­es for their lives dur­ing the many mis­sion­ary fes­ti­vals. Every year about 40,000 chil­dren, young peo­ple, adults and seniors are our guests. We are a insti­tu­tion for all gen­er­a­tions! Our Sis­ter­hood lives only a few steps away from the stu­dents. They are all at home on the Mis­sions­berg — just like our employ­ees and trainees. They are com­mit­ted to ensur­ing that our mis­sion­ar­ies around the world can con­cen­trate on their actu­al work.

It is our aim to trans­form the Mis­sions­berg into an inter­na­tion­al, spir­i­tu­al cen­tre, where peo­ple of dif­fer­ent cul­tures and nations expe­ri­ence God and fel­low­ship. Root­ed in the Black For­est, at home in the world.

God wants all peo­ple to be saved and to come to the knowl­edge of the truth (1Tim 2,4).

There­fore we want to spread his sav­ing love into a bro­ken world, so that peo­ple can find a liv­ing hope and eter­nal life in faith in Jesus Christ.

  • We want to plant, build and devel­op con­gre­ga­tions in a glob­alised world, pro­mote mis­sion­ary and social ser­vices close to the con­gre­ga­tion and work in part­ner­ship with oth­er orga­ni­za­tions and churches.
  • We want to enable peo­ple to serve and pro­vide them with the best pos­si­ble edu­ca­tion with a glob­al horizon.
  • We want to devel­op our Mis­sions­berg into an inter­na­tion­al, spir­i­tu­al cen­tre where peo­ple from dif­fer­ent cul­tures and nations expe­ri­ence God, fel­low­ship and are sent out into the world.


As Lieben­zell Mis­sion, these val­ues are impor­tant to us:

  1. Trust­ing God
    We live in trust in God. From him we receive cause and gifts for our mis­sion. In every­thing we do, we ask for His guid­ance and pro­vi­sion and we count on His inter­ven­tion and the pow­er of His Spirit.
  2. Loy­al­ty to the Word of God
    We rely on the Bible as God’s true, inspired, reli­able and trust­wor­thy Word. The Holy Bible is the sole stan­dard for faith, life and action.
  3. Serv­ing atti­tude
    We work as fol­low­ers of Jesus Christ in a ser­vant atti­tude towards God and our neigh­bor. We are not afraid to make sac­ri­fices. We want to respect the oth­er per­son more high­ly than our­selves and do our ser­vice to and with one another.
  4. Appre­ci­a­tion
    We want to think and talk well of each oth­er and acknowl­edge and val­ue each oth­er in our dif­fer­ences. At the same time we help each oth­er with open, hon­est and con­struc­tive criticism.
  5. Qual­i­ty
    We want to do our job prop­er­ly. To do so, we pro­ceed in a planned and con­sis­tent man­ner. We con­tin­u­ous­ly review and improve our actions. We want to attract com­pe­tent employ­ees, deploy them in a gift-ori­ent­ed man­ner and devel­op them further.
  6. Com­pe­tence
    We want to enable peo­ple and church­es to serve and pro­mote the growth of spir­i­tu­al per­son­al­i­ties so that they take respon­si­bil­i­ty and give orientation.
  7. Future ori­en­ta­tion
    We ask about the rel­e­vance of our work for the future of the con­gre­ga­tion and this world and take nec­es­sary steps coura­geous­ly in faith. We do this in the hope of God’s com­ing kingdom.

In all our thoughts and actions we are aware that God’s bless­ing is everything.

A start in Ham­burg, a mis­sion­ary pio­neer with a major task, a per­se­ver­ing pray­ing sis­ter and a pas­tor with vision and heart. These are the “ingre­di­ents” for the sto­ry about the begin­ning of the Lieben­zell Mis­sion.
Hein­rich Coer­p­er
A founder who shaped his mis­sion orga­ni­za­tion.
With­out him, Lieben­zell Mis­sion would not have come into being like this: Pas­tor Hein­rich Coer­p­er (1863–1936). The founder of the Eng­lish Chi­na Inland Mis­sion (CIM), James Hud­son Tay­lor, approached Hein­rich Coer­p­er with a request: A Ger­man branch of the Eng­lish mis­sion orga­ni­za­tion should be estab­lished. Hein­rich Coer­p­er agreed and on Novem­ber 13th, 1899 the new orga­ni­za­tion was found­ed in Ham­burg. After the orga­ni­za­tion lost it‘s home in Ham­burg in 1902, Hein­rich Coer­p­er moved to Bad Lieben­zell. There, for years, the dea­coness Lina Stahl had asked for the Schloss­berg to become a “fire-breath­ing moun­tain” from which the Gospel would spread into the whole world. In 1906 the young mis­sion offi­cial­ly took the name of it‘s new home: The Ger­man branch of the Chi­na Inland Mis­sion became “Lieben­zeller Mis­sion”. Hein­rich Coer­p­er had a sig­nif­i­cant influ­ence on Lieben­zell Mis­sion and stood at the head of the work until short­ly before his death. Today the Mis­sions­berg is the head­quar­ters for mis­sion­ary work all over the world.

Lina Stahl
Eleven years of prayer by a dea­coness have far-reach­ing con­se­quences
A “fire-breath­ing moun­tain” in the mid­dle of the Black For­est: Dea­coness Lina Stahl has been pray­ing for it for eleven years since 1891. From the Schloss­berg in Bad Lieben­zell the gospel is to be spread all over the world. The daugh­ter of a Swabi­an pas­tor took care of the sis­ters there, who were in poor health. She begins to pray for this moun­tain to “be total­ly there for the Sav­iour” and become a place from which faith spreads like wild­fire around the world. And in 1902, God heard her prayer: After the Ger­man branch of the Chi­na Inland Mis­sion, found­ed in 1899, lost it‘s home in Ham­burg, the Sis­ter invit­ed Pas­tor Hein­rich Coer­p­er, to move to the small town in the Black For­est. And so the Schloss­berg became a “fire-breath­ing moun­tain”, as request­ed by Sis­ter Lina Stahl. With­out her, the Lieben­zell Mis­sion would not be imaginable.

The head­quar­ter of Lieben­zell Mis­sion is in Ger­many. But there are also inde­pen­dent branch­es of Lieben­zell Mis­sion in sev­er­al coun­tries world­wide. They are part of the net­work “Lieben­zell Mis­sion Inter­na­tion­al”. Many of these branch­es send mis­sion­ar­ies them­selves, who then often work in inter­na­tion­al teams.
The net­work Lieben­zell Mis­sion Inter­na­tion­al includes:

LM Cana­da
LM Switzer­land
LM Aus­tria
LM Hun­gary
LM Japan

It is won­der­ful to be an “inter­na­tion­al fam­i­ly”, work­ing for the peo­ple worldwide.

Each week our cur­rent prayer requests are sent by e‑mail. If you would like to be on the mail­ing list, please con­tact mission@liebenzell.org.

If you wish to sup­port us finan­cial­ly, please trans­fer your dona­tions to the fol­low­ing account or use www.liebenzell.org/spenden.

Recip­i­ent: Lieben­zell Mis­sion 
Bank: Sparkasse Pforzheim Calw 
IBAN Code: DE27 6665 0085 0003 3002 34 

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