Exemplary Christian Associations in Europe: Christians at Daimler-Benz in Germany Show Us the Way (3rd of Twelve)

What is “Christians at Daimler-Benz”?

Christians in Europe are forming small associations for the purpose of following the way of the Lord. The Christian way of living is praying always [1], self-denial [2], obedience[3], forgiving one another [4], thanksgiving [5], healing [6], faith, hope and love, and doing greater things than Jesus did [7]. This “upward calling” is more likely achieved in small communities. Christians who work for Daimler-Benz in Germany are showing us the way. Their mission:

“Christian Values at Daimler: The Best or Nothing at all!”

As employees at Mercedes-Benz and Daimler Truck, we are committed to ensuring that fundamental Christian values are visible in our personal working lives within our company and in our social responsibility outside our company.

Our concern is that we take our Christian values as a benchmark not only in our private lives, but also in our everyday professional lives, and live by them. We are convinced that this attitude has a sustainable positive influence on our company and also contributes to fairness towards supplier companies and competitors.

Our worldwide network of “Christians at Daimler & Benz” (formerly “Christians at Daimler”) comprises more than 1,500 members. Within Mercedes-Benz and Daimler Truck, there are approximately 50 Prayer Groups  at various locations, where Christians of different denominations and church affiliations meet regularly outside of their working hours to pray for their company, their superiors, and their colleagues. In addition, annual Christian Meetings have been taking place outside the company since 2006, to which all employees of Mercedes-Benz and Daimler Truck are invited who also want to stand up for basic Christian values in their everyday working lives.

It all begin in 1978 the Men’s weekend retreat at the Bernhäuser Forest:

In February 1978, an annual meeting (‘Silent Weekend for Men’) took place during the carnival season at ‘Bernhäuser Forest’, at which the three Daimler employees Dr. Ing. Peter Philipp (at that time assistant to the board for public relations), Christoph Burckhardt and Hans Grefe participated. Inspired by a lecture given by Brother Matthäus of the ‘Brotherhood of Christ Community Selbitz’, these three men, employed at the Untertürkheim Daimler-Benz site, decided to meet once a week for spiritual reflection before starting work. As a guide for their meetings, they used the ‘Daily Watchwords of the Herrnhuter Brüdergemeine’ which consist of a collection of short biblical texts from the Old and New Testament and are still being published until today.

A fresh wind of the Holy Spirit is blowing in Europe. It is all quite extraordinary. An internet site, Christian Professionals Portal, features dozens of associations established by Christians in Europe. You can read more about Christians at Daimler & Benz here.

[1] Jesus taught them a parable that they ought always to pray and not lose heart.” Luke 18:1.

[2] Jesus said, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me” (Matthew 16:24).

[3] Jesus said, “If you love me, you will obey my commandments.” John 14:15

[4] Jesus said, “’If you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” Matthew 6:14-15

[5] “Jesus took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them.” Luke 24:30

[6] Jesus called his twelve disciples to him and gave them authority to drive out impure spirits and to heal every disease and sickness. Matthew 10:1.

[7] Jesus said, “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father.” John 14:12.