Bible Studies Promoters in UK or Ireland
Help people all over the UK to encounter God through his Word. Become a representative for 'Geared for Growth', WEC's evangelistic Bible study materials. Work part-time in your local region or city on a voluntary basis.
Over the years, many people have shared how they have come to experience the living reality of God when they have joined a Geared for Growth group and had the unique opportunity of meeting with others just like themselves.
Promote 'Geared for Growth' Bible study materials, as tools to enable groups to encounter God. Support existing Bible study groups in your county or region, and build links with local Christians and church leaders.
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Qualities & Gifts Sought
You will need a love for the Bible, and for encouraging others to study it with their neighbours, friends and families. Join a team of experienced volunteers across the country.
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The Republic of Ireland (Poblacht na hÉireann), occupies 26 counties of the island of Ireland. The capital and largest city is Dublin, which is a port on the eastern side of the island. Around a third of the country's population of 4.9 million people resides in the greater Dublin area. The sovereign state shares its only land border with Northern Ireland, a part of the United Kingdom. It is otherwise surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, with the Celtic Sea, St George's Channel, and the Irish Sea. It is a unitary, parliamentary republic. The legislature, the 'Oireachtas', consists of a lower house, 'Dáil Éireann', an upper house, 'Seanad Éireann', and an elected President (Uachtarán) who serves as the largely ceremonial head of state, but with some important powers and duties. The head of government is the 'Taoiseach' (pronouced 'teeshook'), who is elected by the Dáil and appointed by the President; the Taoiseach in turn appoints other government ministers.
The state was created as the Irish Free State in 1922 as a result of the Anglo-Irish Treaty. It had the status of Dominion until 1937 when a new constitution was adopted, in which the state was named 'Ireland' and effectively became a republic, with an elected non-executive president as head of state. It was officially declared a republic in 1949, following the Republic of Ireland Act 1948. Ireland became a member of the United Nations in December 1955. It joined the European Economic Community (EEC), the predecessor of the EU, in 1973. The state had no formal relations with Northern Ireland for most of the 20th Century, but during the 1980s and 1990s the British and Irish governments worked with the Northern Ireland parties towards a resolution to 'the Troubles'. Since the signing of the Good Friday Agreement in 1998, the Irish Government and Northern Ireland Executive have co-operated on a number of policy areas under the North-South Ministerial Council created by the Agreement.
The Irish Constitution describes Irish as the 'national language', but English is the dominant language. As a result of immigration, Polish is the most widely spoken language in Ireland after English, with Irish as the third most spoken. Several other Central European languages (namely Czech, Hungarian and Slovak), as well as Baltic languages (Lithuanian and Latvian) are also spoken on a day-to-day basis. Other languages spoken in Ireland include Shelta, spoken by Irish Travellers, and a dialect of Scots is spoken by some Ulster Scots people in Donegal.
Ireland's culture was for centuries predominantly Gaelic, and it remains one of the six principal Celtic nations. Following the Anglo-Norman invasion in the 12th century, and gradual British conquest and colonisation beginning in the 16th century, Ireland became influenced by English and Scottish culture. Subsequently, Irish culture, though distinct in many aspects, shares characteristics with the Anglosphere, Catholic Europe, and other Celtic regions. The Irish diaspora, one of the world's largest and most dispersed, has contributed to the globalisation of Irish culture, producing many prominent figures in art, music, and science.
In 2011, Ireland was ranked the most charitable country in Europe, and second most charitable in the world. Religious freedom is constitutionally provided for in Ireland. Christianity is the predominant religion, and while Ireland remains a predominantly Catholic country, the percentage of the population who identified as Catholic on the census has fallen sharply from 84.2 percent in the 2011 census to 78.3 percent in the most recent 2016 census. Other results from the 2016 census are : 4.2% Protestant, 1.3% Orthodox, 1.3% as Muslim, and 9.8% as having no religion. In 2011, it was reported that weekly Mass attendance in Dublin was just 18%, with it being even lower among younger generations.
The Church of Ireland, at 2.7% of the population, is the second largest Christian denomination. Membership declined throughout the twentieth century, but experienced an increase early in the 21st century, as have other small Christian denominations. Significant Protestant denominations are the Presbyterian Church and Methodist Church. Immigration has contributed to a growth in Hindu and Muslim populations. In percentage terms, Orthodox Christianity and Islam were the fastest growing religions, with increases of 100% and 70% respectively.
Ireland's patron saints are Saint Patrick, Saint Bridget and Saint Columba. Saint Patrick is the only one commonly recognised as the patron saint. Saint Patrick's Day is celebrated on 17 March in Ireland and abroad as the Irish national day, with parades and other celebrations.
Irish is spoken as a first language by less than 4% of the population, however 40% of the Irish population can speak Irish.
There are 4,209,033 Christians in the Republic, nearly 92% of the population. But of those, only 71,080 are considered Evangelical.
Missionaries now work in all 26 counties, but they are mostly focused on the Dublin area. GEM is instrumental in leadership training and church planting, with 16 full-time workers. Other significant missions include AoG, OM, TEAM, IMB, UFM and Christian Associates. Pray for their ability to minister ably, for new congregations to be planted and for long-term investment in indigenous churches and leaders.
Ireland has a long tradition of sending missionaries, from the peregrini of the early Celtic Church onward. But now the number of Catholic missionaries is rapidly declining as is the number of traditional Protestant missionaries, though to a lesser degree. The new churches recognize the need for reaching the unevangelized in their midst and in the wider world. Pray for the release, training and funding of more Irish missionaries and leaders by evangelical churches and fellowships.
[source: Operation World]
WEC in Ireland
WEC has recruited several missionaries from the Republic over recent decades, and has also held prayer meetings and rallies in the south for many years.
In recent years there was a Betel team based in Dublin, ministering to addicts, seeing lives transformed by the power of the Gospel.
WEC has launched a new mobilisation ministry in the Republic, seeking to encourage the church to greater involvement in world missions, and offering opportunities for Christians to serve cross-culturally.
[source: WEC International website]