Population: 9.5 million (2012)
Official language: Swedish
Major religions: Christianity
IFES movement: Sveriges evangeliska student- och gymnasiströrelse (Credo)
Sweden is often described as one of the most secular and individualised countries in Europe. Traditional churches and Christianity in general continue to lose ground in society, but there is also a desire and thirst in young people and students to seek authenticity and a deeper discipleship.
- around 1200 members
- active groups in 24 universities
- groups connected with Credo in 25 high schools
- 10 staff and 4 volunteers
- biggest group has 40 members; smallest group has 1-3 members
Credo has both a high school and university ministry, and most staff work with both. The groups vary greatly in size and activity, some being given the same rights as other student unions, while others have no such status. Credo’s vision is ‘to make Jesus Christ known, believed, obeyed and loved among students in Sweden’.
View from the Inside
Kristian Hartman General Secretary of Credo, and says: ‘Fewer and fewer are left in the Christian faith in Sweden, but those who remain dig deeper to the core of Christianity –Jesus Christ. Credo wants to meet students in their daily life at school with a deep and authentic discipleship to Jesus Christ.’
Kristian is encouraged by the verses in Matt 9:37-38, “Then he said to his disciples, ’The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.’” Kristian adds: ’We are called to be labourers for Jesus to harvest in schools and universities. But in this we must remember that it is the Lord of the harvest who calls us into his harvest. This means that we do not do this ministry on our own, but we do it with the Lord and in the power of God. This gives us encouragement and strength in our work!’
• for wisdom for the staff and the board;
• that the school and student groups flourish and make an impact;
• for the logistics and impacts of their school and student camps.