Welcome Friends of Estonia,

The Friends of Estonia (FOE) organization unites our friends in the United States with Estonian Methodist friends.

The United Methodist Church in Estonia serves about 1700 members in 24 congregations across the small country.

Methodism has been active in Estonia since 1907, when the movement came from Saint Petersburg to the island of Saaremaa off the west coast of Estonia.

The FOE started in the mid-1990s during the time when the Baltic Mission center in Tallinn was being planned and constructed. We are thankful to the Lord for the help that our Methodist friends in the United States have given us. With their support we have—among many different things– succeeded in expanding churches in Tallinn and Tartu; purchased and developed Camp Gideon; and built and launched a new seminary.

Connecting congregations have given support in many ways to their sister churches in Estonia. These congregations have contributed funds to help pay the salary of pastors serving churches in Estonia.

Only the Lord knows how much our friends mutual contacts, visits, prayers and financial support have helped our ministry in Estonia. My hope is that this unique Christian family, comprised of friends of Estonia and the friends in Estonia, may continue to grow in love and unity so that our efforts may help us serve the Lord, the people around us, and glorify the name of our God by making more disciples of Jesus Christ. Together we can transform the world.

Yours in Christ,

Taavi Hollman
District Superintendent, United Methodist Church in Estonia

 

An Invitation to Connecting Congregations and Estonian Churches

At the 2012 Friends of Estonia gathering I extended a very meaningful invitation to connecting congregations in the United States and their church connection in Estonia.  My personal invitation has a two-fold purpose.

First, this invitation can provide the basis for connecting congregations and their sister church in Estonia to move even closer in their relationship to each other.

Second, this invitation will potentially inject a mutual accountability and responsibility aspect into the relationship.

A new five-year strategic development plan was initiated at the 2011 Annual Conference of United Methodist churches in Estonia.  The plan was developed with the cooperation and input of clergy, and church leaders and members throughout Estonia.  The plan offers a progression of goals and objectives designed to foster local church growth and vitality.

I believe this could be a very useful tool for churches in Estonia and in the United States.

Feel free to review a critical section of the Strategic Development plan by clicking here.

I encourage pastors of connecting congregations and churches in Estonia to be in dialog with each other regarding the plan’s outcomes.  The dialog could center on a discussion of an action or set of actions that may be happening in the life of the connecting congregation and Estonian counterpart to fulfill the goals of the strategic plan.  A sharing of any best practices that are being successfully deployed in a congregation would provide synergy to the connecting relationship.

I ask that God bless all interaction between churches in Estonia and congregations in US that leads to a strengthening of partnership and mission.

Yours in Christ,

Taavi Hollman
District Superintendent, United Methodist Church in Estonia