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Our initial ministry goal in France was centered upon reaching the many Southeast Asian refugees fleeing to that country in the 1960s. C&MA ethnic churches remain strong in France; however, we now direct our labor and resources primarily toward reaching the French people with the hope of Christ.

Little more than one half of 1 percent of the French population professes to be evangelical. This mostly unchurched, post-Christian nation is often referred to as the “missionary graveyard.” While progress seems, at times, painfully slow, it appears that there is a new openness to the gospel in recent years.

Alliance workers make themselves available to God-seekers through marriage enrichment classes, Bible study, and prayer groups.

Our three international churches—in Toulouse, Paris, and Strasbourg—are experiencing growth. Gateways to French-language ministries, these churches minister to English-language expatriates as well as to French citizens who are eager to worship in English. French-speaking study groups are often begun in our church settings.

Outreach efforts are also geared toward reaching France’s massive immigrant population; one such ministry is among the many Chinese who have made France their home.

A dire need in this country is for trained national leaders. Leadership courses for laypeople are conducted countrywide, yet full-time pastors are much in demand as well.

The Union of Christian and Missionary Alliance Churches in France today is comprised of 23 organized churches, 2 unorganized, and 1606 inclusive members.

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National Church

23 organized churches, 2 unorganized groups, 13 ordained ministers, 975 baptized members, and 1606 inclusive members.

Team Initiatives

  • Develop a local, church-based, leadership training ministry that enables church members to serve one another in Christ. Alan and Carol Clason are partnering with national pastors in this effort.
  • Plant a church in Limoges, where two couples desire a French Alliance Church in their city the testimony for Christ.

The Alliance at Work in France

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Demographics

Population
Population—60,656,178
Infant mortality rate—4.3/1,000
Life expectancy—79.6
Capital City
Paris (11,330,700) pop.
Geography
About 80 percent the size of Texas, France (211,208 sq. mi.) has forest-covered mountains in the northeast, the Pyrénées along the southwest, and wide plain and mountainous plateau in the other regions.
Languages
French
Ethnicity/Race
Celtic and Latin with Teutonic
Slavic
North African
Southeast Asian
Basque minorities
Economy
Per capita income—$28,700
Inflation—2.3%
Unemployment—10.1%
Literacy rate—99% (1980 est.)
Government/Political Climate
Republic. France is a leader among European nations and is at the forefront of efforts to develop the EU’s military capabilities to supplement progress toward an EU foreign policy.
Religion
Roman Catholic—88%
Muslim—9%
Protestant—2%
Jewish—1%

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Alliance ministry in France is primarily funded through the Great Commission Fund. Help fulfill Jesus’ Great Commission and make a gift to the GCF today.

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