German Outreach

Help provide trusted teaching to German-speaking Christians.

What Is the Opportunity?

Germany today faces similar challenges to those it faced five centuries ago. The land of Martin Luther largely lives in ignorance or outright rejection of the truth of the gospel. But now, the fog of Roman Catholicism has been replaced by the bleakness of secularism. Liberal theology has emptied the churches, leaving behind a largely nominal Christianity. Today, it is estimated that only about two percent of Germany’s population may be evangelical.¹

Yet, our sovereign God still rules. There are faithful congregations scattered across the country, church planting efforts are underway, and trustworthy books are being published in German—including the Reformation Study Bible.

Over 130 million people speak German, making it the twelfth most spoken language in the world and influential globally in business and academic fields.²

In Austria, the Roman Catholic Church remains strong, and it is estimated that only 0.5 percent of the population there is evangelical.³ Switzerland (where German is the most spoken language) is an increasingly secular country, with almost a quarter of the population claiming no religious affiliation.⁴

Ligonier Ministries is seeking to serve German-speaking Christians with reliable teaching in print, online, and by participating in conferences in Germany.

How Is Ligonier Meeting These Needs?

We strive to reach German-speaking pastors, laypeople, and unbelievers from all walks of life through the following outreach efforts.

The Reformation Study Bible

The Reformation Study Bible helps to deepen Christians’ study of God’s Word, and Ligonier is delighted that this seminal work is available in German.

As with the English edition, the German Reformation Study Bible has more than 1.1 million words of verse-by-verse commentary and topical explanations; maps and visual aids; trusted contributions from seventy-five distinguished scholars; theological summaries from Dr. R.C. Sproul; and nearly two thousand years of creeds, confessions, and catechisms. As Dr. Sproul said, “The light of the Reformation was the light of the Bible.” The same is true today.

The Ligonier Statement on Christology

Confusion abounds regarding Christology—the doctrine Christ—around the German-speaking world. As the church continues to grow, it is imperative that believers learn the truths of Scripture as summarized in the great confessions of faith. We produced The Word Made Flesh: The Ligonier Statement on Christology to help Christians know what the church has historically taught and regain clarity regarding the person and work of Jesus Christ. Our goal is to distribute this statement worldwide, and it has already been translated into numerous languages, including German.

Online Outreach

Ligonier’s dedicated German website, together with our Facebook page, Twitter account, and Instagram account have enabled us to reach further into the German-speaking world. Our website is regularly updated with articles and it contains historic Christian creeds and confessions.

There have been over two thousand views on our short video Worum ging es bei der Reformation? (What Was the Reformation All About?), which was released online for the five hundredth anniversary of the Protestant Reformation in 2017. Social media is spreading biblical truth far and wide, as the printing press did for the Reformers, and it is equipping German-speaking Christians around the world.


Growing interest in Reformed theology has sparked an eagerness for more teaching resources from Dr. Sproul and Ligonier Ministries. Our plans include translating, printing, and distributing the following titles:

Recently Published Books in German

Translated Teaching Series

What Is Needed?

  • Digital outreach — $33,930 USD (annually)
  • Translating and publishing two Crucial Questions titles — $20,865 USD (annually)

Funding needs reflect quoted estimates based on February 2024 foreign exchange rates and current translation fees.

How Do Your Gifts Help?

These are a few of many international outreach projects underway, and we ask you to prayerfully consider supporting this effort through financially giving or simply through praying for the German-speaking and global church. Your generosity helps us translate, print, and distribute trustworthy resources, providing countless opportunities to reach people of varying ages and callings. You can donate here.

Our policy is to apply gifts given toward a specific program. If we receive more contributions than can be wisely used for a given project, we apply these funds to meet other pressing needs in our outreach efforts. We are committed to stewarding all gifts wisely toward the goal of proclaiming the holiness of God to as many people as possible. Ligonier Ministries is a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability.

¹ See as at May 8, 2020

² See as at Aug 17, 2021

³ See and as at May 8, 2020

⁴ See as at May 8, 2020

German Outreach

Help provide trusted teaching to German-speaking Christians.

How may we help?

Our team would be happy to answer any questions you may have about our outreach or the ways you can help further the mission. Please contact us using the chat bubble, email, or calling 800-435-4343.