The Research Institute for Evangelism and Church Development (IEEG) was founded in 2004, as an university institute of the Theological Faculty of the Ernst-Moritz-Arndt University of Greifswald. It is the only university institute within all German-speaking countries which works on issues of missionary church development.
The focal points of our work are research and education in missionary church development and evangelism. Our approach to mission is holistic; integrating diaconical with evangelistic emphases. We do research and we teach with an ecumenical horizon and as part of an international network.
At present, there are six people working at IEEG, who are almost completely financed by third-party funds.
Among others, some current research projects are: „Church in Rural Areas“, „Adults Finding Faith“, or „Evangelistic Homiletics“. Moreover, part of our research work is the supervision of doctoral and habilitation dissertations; as well as, publications and symposiums.
Our education programmes aim at training and further education opportunities for students of theology, as well as ministers and pastors. To both groups, we offer a curriculum providing a range of various courses focusing on issues of church development.
Furthermore, the IEEG is entrusted with working as an agency for mission ministries within the Pomeranian Evangelical Church (as of 2012: Protestant Church in North Germany, emphasis on West Pomerania). As such, it advises synods, bodies of church leadership and individual church leaders, for example.