Slovenia is a small country with a population of around 2.1 million people. Nestled in the heart of Central Europe, it has diverse landscapes ranging from snowcapped peaks to sparkling coastlines.
Slovenia’s cultural heritage is a fascinating blend of influences from neighbouring Italy, Austria, Hungary, and the Balkans, as well as its own unique traditions. Slovenia’s coffee culture reflects the country’s emphasis on connection and community. Spending time in coffee shops plays a vital role in building and maintaining relationships, prioritising quality over quantity, and engaging in hours-long conversations with friends instead of rushing off.
The majority of the population is Roman Catholic, with around 57% of the population identifying as such. Other religious groups include Orthodox Christians, Muslims, and Protestants. Slovenia has a rich cultural and religious heritage, with a long history of coexistence and tolerance among different faiths. It also has a strong tradition of secular humanism, which emphasises the importance of reason, ethics and individual freedom. This worldview is reflected in Slovenia’s emphasis on social welfare and environmental protection, as well as its commitment to democracy and human rights.
When it comes to evangelical Christians, it is estimated that there are at least 2,000 believers in Slovenia (0.1%) in around 40-50 evangelical churches. Most of these churches are small; many have under 20 people and very few have more than 50. Around 85% of the population does not have access to a local evangelical church.
A network of around 20 small groups – known as the Disciple Making Movement – are seeking to plant new churches in different towns around the country. Despite encouraging signs of church planting, there is a great need for leaders. The current health condition of leaders in churches and other Christian organisations is concerning, with many suffering from burnout. There are a few Christian organisations working in Slovenia, focusing mostly on youth work. We have seen many children and young people come to faith during Christian camps over the summer months. However, it is sad to see many struggle when they transition to university and the professional world, where they often fall away. There is a great need for discipleship within the church.
More facts and stats …
Slovenia is home to one of the largest underground canyons in the world in Škocjan Caves.
There is a vineyard for every 70 people (it is claimed) and the country has over 50% protected forests.
There are around 500 castles, and Slovenia has one of the largest number of religious monuments and buildings in Europe.
Slovenia is 57% are Roman Catholic; 42% are non-religious; >1% other religions; and, 0.1% evangelical christian (Source: Joshua Project)
Please pray for …
- new national leaders in the church and the necessary funds to be able to free them up to do the work
- the health of current leaders and pastors
- unity between churches and Christian organisations
- new believers to be discipled well and to become lifelong followers of Jesus
Lydia Adams works with ZVEsh, the Slovenian Christian student movement, seeking to equip and disciple local and international students