Serbia is a country still trying to emerge from the consequences (economic, social and political) of civil war. National identity and the Serbian Orthodox faith are closely tied. Evangelicals are often viewed with suspicion and as a sect. Although there is an openness among the young, in this context evangelism and church-planting is far from easy. Some good churches are being planted, and there are those who are working together to promote good preaching and fellowship between evangelical churches.
There is a huge need to train young people for future service. Evangelicals are so few on the ground (less than 1%) that there is a long way to go.
How can you pray for Serbia?
- Pray that gospel Christians would have a new confidence in reaching out with the gospel in a society that is still very suspicious of evangelicals.
- Pray for new missionaries to partner with Serbian nationals in planting the many new churches that are greatly needed.
- Pray for the training of a new generation of Christian leaders, that the leadership models of the communist era will be replaced with a servant-hearted approach.
Opportunities to serve in Serbia
- Church planting
- Training leaders
- Literature work
- Student outreach
- Compassion ministries
GBM stories from Serbia
Serbia – key facts
- Population 7.0 million (July 2020 est.)
- Population Growth -0.47% (2020 est.)
- Ethnicity Serb 83.3%, Hungarian 3.5%, Romani 2.1%, Bosniak 2%, other 5.7%, undeclared or unknown 3.4% (2011 est.) [Note: most ethnic Albanians boycotted the 2011 census.]
- Language Serbian (official) 88.1%, Hungarian 3.4%, Bosnian 1.9%, Romani 1.4%, other 3.4%, undeclared or unknown 1.8% (2011 est.) [See note on ethnicity above.]
- Religion Orthodox 84.6%, Catholic 5%, Muslim 3.1%, Protestant 1%, atheist 1.1%, other 0.8% (includes agnostics, other Christians, Eastern, Jewish), undeclared or unknown 4.5% (2011 est.) [See note on ethnicity above.]
- Urbanization urban population: 56.4% of total population (2020) rate of urbanization: -0.07% annual rate of change (2015-20 est.)
- Literacy 98.3% (2016)
(Data from the CIA World Factbook, August 2020)