Archive for May 2011

A recently published EU survey explores online language usage

May 12, 2011

Eurobarometer has published results which will be of interest to Christian individuals and organisations which make significant investments in online presence. The survey may also have broader application to all Christian Media organisations with an interest in Europe.

Across all 27 EU countries, 54% said they had gone online several times a day and 30% said it had been about once a day. 80% of Internet users said they had used the Internet on a daily basis in the four weeks prior to the survey

A slim majority (55%) of Internet users in the EU said that they used at least one language other than their own to read or watch content on the Web; from 50% in Hungary to 90%-93% in Greece, Slovenia, Luxembourg, Malta and Cyprus.

In Italy, the Czech Republic, Ireland and the UK, a majority of Internet users said that they only used their own language to read and watch content on the Internet (between 52% and 85%).

English was by far the most frequently used language, other than respondents’ own, when going online: 48% of Internet users in the EU mentioned using English for reading or watching content on the Internet and 29% said the same for writing on the Internet. Internet users, who used a language other than their own when going online, carried out several Internet activities in this language. For example, 81% of these respondents said they at least occasionally used another language when browsing to get information, or when reading or watching the news.

Although 9 in 10 Internet users in the EU said that, when given a choice of languages, they always visited a website in their own language, a slim majority (53%) would accept using an English version of a website if it was not available in their own language. Internet users in Cyprus and Malta were the most willing to use an English language website if this website was not available in their language (90% and 97%, respectively). Other countries with a high proportion of respondents willing to use an English language website were Slovenia (81%), Greece and Sweden (both 85%).

About 8 in 10 (81%) interviewees thought that all websites produced in their country should also have versions available in other languages. The proportion of respondents who agreed with this statement ranged from 50% in Finland to 96% in Greece.

Finally, more than 4 in 10 (44%) Internet users in the EU thought they missed interesting information because websites were not available in a language they understood.

Source: Flash Eurobarometer No 313: User language preferences online Available for free download at http://ec.europa.eu/public_opinion/flash/fl_313_en.pdf

Church Planting Research Report: interim results released

May 11, 2011

The Nova Research Centre has been an active partner in an important new research initiative that is likely to prove of enormous benefit to the missional church planting community in Europe. Nova’s Director, Darrell Jackson, has been working with lead researcher, Tim Herbert of Syzygy, on a report due in its final form by mid-2011. The Report has been commissioned by Eurochurch.net with the intention of establishing a directory of church planters and mission church thinkers and practitioners across Europe.

Over 1,000 individuals were invited to contribute to the project and a total of almost 400 have provided information to date. The Interim Report features their initial responses and begins to set the broader context for church planting in each national context. A copy of the Interim Report will shortly be made available.

Leader researcher, Tim Herbert, has been presenting the findings of the research to the Church Planting Network currently meeting in Budapest for the HOPE II conference. This is a unique resource and is being made freely available to interested individuals. It is not comprehensive but it is the largest database of its kind yet to be compiled. Tim Herbert hopes that other church planters present at HOPE II will provide their information and highlight others who might be encouraged to take part. This is still possible by completing the online survey at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/eurochurch

You can read Syzygy’s news release at  http://www.syzygy.org.uk/2011/05/syzygy-releases-significant-new-report/

Restoring hope in Europe

May 11, 2011

Branko Bjelajac writes for TWR Europe and has just published a brief review of Deborah Meroff’s book Europe: Restoring Hope.

Participants attending HOPE II might be interested in knowing more about this important contribution and might appreciate a link to Branko’s Writings of  Branko’s blog  http://writtingsofbranko.wordpress.com/.

In the review he refers to the paralysed man brought to Jesus by four friends. If the paralysed man were to be used to refer to Europe, who might the four friends be?

HOPE II blog and twitter stream

May 6, 2011

We’ve just finished our interim Report on Missional Church Planting in Europe, ready for its first outing next week in Budapest – just under 90 pages with the details of 330 or so church planters in Europe drawn from the over 1,000 we’ve contacted during the course of our research.

In Budapest, from Monday 9th-Friday13th May, five hundred participants gather for two days of plenary followed by meetings across a variety of specialist Networks. I have a plenary session ‘Face the Facts!’ taking a look at several key indicators bearing on mission in Europe. I’ll be posting a copy of the presentation on the blog shortly before the presentation. It’ll be available for immediate download.

We’ll be reporting on the events as they unfold and will update our blog, twitter feed and Facebook as frequently as we are able. Stay tuned!

Redcliffe students innovating new forms of mission

May 4, 2011

One of our placement students is currently working alongside ‘Serve the City’ in Leuven and is already managing to encourage innovation in the way that the Belgian teams engages on the streets. She shared her experience of weekly placement with the Gloucester ‘Street Pastors’ project and her transferrable skills and knowledge are proving a real asset to the Belgian team. She writes

‘After talking about my experience of Street Pastors in Gloucester, my supervisor really liked the idea and decided he would like to do that in Leuven! So they have asked that while I am here I will help them set up their own version of Street Pastors! Although it probably won’t be running by the time I leave, I am so excited about being involved and have a meeting with the leadership team next week to explain to them in more detail how it works and how we can get things going.’