Want to explore BGU? Join us for Campus Preview Weekend on April 13 - 15.

Be a Missionary In Ljubljana, Slovenia

Slovenia is known for its rich culture and a long history that predates the Roman Empire. For much of the 20th century, Slovenia was a part of Yugoslavia. But since becoming an independent nation in 1991, Slovenia has been able to recover from the economic damage caused by communism. As far as religion, Slovenia has a strong Catholic heritage but, realistically, most Slovenes don’t actually believe the Bible. Eastern thought, nominalism, and atheism are all increasing at a rapid rate. There are very few Evangelical churches and there is a growing disdain for organized religion.

Bethany Gateways has sent long-term workers to Slovenia that you will work alongside. They are involved in various community initiatives, they have launched a publishing house, and they manage several schools and a youth outreach center. They are also working to train pastors, leaders, and church planters. In Slovenia, your group will have the opportunity to work alongside our long-term workers to participate in the great Gospel ministry that they are already engaged in.

Slovenia Quick Facts:

  • Population: 2 Million
  • Language: Slovene, Croatian, Hungarian, Italian
  • Currency: Euro
  • Climate: Continental with Distinct Seasons
  • Government: Parliamentary Republic
  • GDP/capita: $20,713 (USD)
  • 42% Atheist/Non-Religious
  • 38% Roman Catholic
  • 4.5% Muslim
  • 4.1% Orthodox
  • Less than 1% Evangelical Christian

Potential Ministry Opportunities:

While ministry opportunities vary from year to year, here are a few things that have been done before to give you an idea of what ministry could look like in Slovenia.

  • Summer Camps
  • Special School Programs
  • Church Plant Promotion
  • Café Ministry
  • Construction Projects
  • Community Service Projects
  • Prayer Walking
  • Youth Outreach
  • Serving a Publishing House
  • Custom Program Options

Things to Do – Places to Visit

  • Ljubljana Castle: Take a tour of this local medieval castle that towers above the Ljubljana downtown area. This castle is the local landmark that you will see in many photos of Ljubljana.
  • Ljubljanica by River Boat: Float down the river just south of the city via locally made wooden boats. See it for yourself »