The International Christian Church was started because we recognised a need for an international Christian
church where English and German could be spoken. Above all it was to be a
church based on faith, because most people in Germany have not experience faith
in a practical way. During our existence many people have experienced blessings,
healing and deliverance. Their faith has been increased by seeing Christ work.
Church started as a house group with 8 people and grew to
about 15 people.
We outgrew the house group meeting
and moved to the Old Catholic Church (Alte Katholische Kirche) on
Blumenstrasse, where we met each Sunday afternoon for our service.
During this period of time we grew to between 30 and 40 regular
We had to find a new location
because it was no longer convenient for us to meet at the church on
Blumenstrasse. Not being able to find any alternative meeting place we
decided to have open-air services and met each Sunday afternoon on the
bank of the Isar River, near the Tierpark (Zoo), under the Isar Bridge
(Isar Brücke). Although this was a difficult time for us and we
lost many people, God blessed us most Sundays with good weather and we
had some great outreach opportunities.
Winter was approaching and so the
Kho family, from the Indonesian church, generously opened their home in
Freimann for us to meet in. We had church each Sunday afternoon in
their empty swimming pool. There was room for around 30 people and this
worked as a good temporary solution.
Another temporary solution was our
move to the CVJM, where we met for two months until the end of December
when we had to move out of these premise because renovation work was to
begin there in January 2000.
A longer temporary solution was
found when we were able to use the Lutheran Evangelische Kirche on
Balanstrasse for our Sunday afternoon services. For almost twelve
months we were able to settle down, even though there was constant
complain from one neighbour that our instruments and loud singing was
disturbing her. We stopped using our amplifier and ensured all the
windows were closed in the summer but the complaining did not cease so
we moved out for a short period of almost two months and met in the
disco room of a local restaurant on the Emersonstrasse, Giesing. We
were invited back to meet at the Lutheran church but due to the ever
increasing complain we had to finally move out after six months. We had
4 days from the time they told us to move out to find a new location
for our Sunday service and a huge miracle happened, before the Sunday
we had found a place to meet for worship.
August 2001 - December 2002
We moved into the Tango Dance
school on Lachnerstrasse, near Rotkreuzplatz. It appeared that we had
finally found a place where we could meet on a Sunday and make as much
noise as we wanted without disturbing any neighbours. We could only use
the premise in the morning and so this was when we had to change our
afternoon service to the morning. Each Sunday we had to carry and set
up all our equipments required for the service and after the service we
had to pack everything back into a couple of cars and clean the
building before we left. Our week-day meetings were held in people's
After eighteen months, due to complaints from the neighbourhood, we had
to move out. Again the prayer line was busy in the heavenly direction
and we experienced God's graceful provision when we found another
meeting place, which another church was moving out of because they had
outgrown the premise.
December 2002 - August 2004
At the end of the month we moved
into our first permanent location at Kieferloherstrasse where we could
meet not only on a Sunday but also during the week and we now had our
own premise where we could leave all our musical equipments. We had
room to seat fifty people and finally a room for the children, which
was lacking at Lachnerstrasse. Another church, which was also looking
for a place to worship, shared the premise with us; we met in the
morning and they met in the afternoon.
Whenever we had celebrations, the place became very full and we knew
that a larger building was needed.
2004 - March 2009
larger premise on the Dachauerstrasse near the city centre in Munich, which was
very accessible with public transport.
This was our ninth place of worship in six
years and we had seating facilities for a hundred people and enough room for
the children, as well as a mother and baby room, an office and a large dining kitchen.
miraculous for us, during the four and a half years at Dachauerstrasse, the
landlady and her family were very generous and helpful to us in many areas of
The first Sunday in March
2009, we celebrated our last service in the Dachauerstrasse.
March 2009 - August 2010
We are the
Overcomers, the church on the move, not only in the physical sense but also in the Spiritual.
and a half years at the location on the Dachauerstr 15a, we needed to again
find alternative accommodation. A cosy temporary solution for our Sunday service was found in the premises at ars musica e.V
Stemmerhof on the Plinganserstrasse in Sendling. We met there only on a Sunday morning, and during
the week we met for house fellowship in private homes.
September 2010 - August 2015
search for permanent accommodation for the gathering of the church
went on and finally after much prayers and search we found a
place at Levelingstrasse 10 in the underground floor of a large attractive office block.
We had a
large room for our church service, an office and a room for the children's ministry.
After five years our contract was not renewed and we had to move out.
several months of strenuous and intensive search for alternative
accommodation, and many disappointments, the ideal building
was found in August on the Meglingerstrasse in Forstenried. This is in an industrial area, which means less problem concerning our noise level.
have all the facilities on the basement-floor of the building. A large
beautifully renovated room for our services and four smaller rooms,
two of which were previously used as changing rooms with showers,
and one we have converted into a kitchen. The
children's ministry have the use of two rooms. On the first-floor
of the same building we have rented two office rooms.