A Summary about Montenegro

Montenegro is located in the southeast of the Balkan Peninsula. It was part of the former Yugoslavia. It borders Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia, Kosovo and Albania and has access to the Adriatic Sea. 

Montenegro is a small country with an area of 13,812 km².

It declared its independence in 2006, when it separated from Serbia.

According to population estimates, in mid-2016, there were 622,303 inhabitants in Montenegro. The number of children aged 0 to 17 in Montenegro in mid-2016 was 138,219 or 22.2% of the total population.

Religious composition

The population of Montenegro by religion is: 72 % Orthodox, 16 % Muslim, 3.4 % Catholics, 7.5 % other (agnostics, Adventists, Protestants, etc.). Declared atheists are 1.1 %.

The communist period left a deep mark on the population. Evangelical Christianity in Montenegro barely exist until the beginning of the 1990s.

There are now six evangelical churches (or organizations) and several smaller house groups in Montenegro. The number of evangelical believers does not exceed 300, of which a good number are Roma (two of the six churches are Roma), then members of other nations, while the number of local Montenegrins, as evangelical believers, is quite small.

The Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF) ministry in this area is complex and not at all simple. The people of Montenegro are not in favor of the activities of CEF. People are suspicious and distrustful.

The beginnings of CEF in Montenegro

In the late 1990s, two CEF workers began visiting Montenegro with the aim of helping the local church work with children. It can be said that in parallel with the work and creation of the first generation of Christians in this country, CEF also began to operate. The first Good News Clubs (GNCs), 3-Day and 5-Day Clubs were organized. The first camp for children from Montenegro was organized by CEF in 2000. In 2001, one of our workers moved to the capital Podgorica and started a Good News Club ministry. CEF helps work with children in most existing evangelical groups. There are various CEF activities: Good News Clubs, summer and winter camps, 5-day and 3-day Clubs, creative workshops, Teaching Children Effectively level 1, Junior Youth Challenge, rallies (gathering children from different GNCs), visiting families, mentoring teenagers, opening our homes to teenagers, teenage conferences, special clubs for holidays, Christmas programs with the distribution of Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child packages. The latter provides an opportunity to get in touch with a large number of children and parents. For years, this has been the biggest evangelization of children and parents in Montenegro. Contact with parents is usually the key to reaching children. However, we can say that only a small number of children who we have made contact through these Christmas programs, respond to invites to our regular GNC activities. Nevertheless, we are grateful and look forward to every child who joins us.

Pray with us that children and teenagers with whom CEF works will make decisions for the Lord Jesus and be persistent in their faith, that they will not fall under the influence of secular friends and society, that religion does not obscure their view, and that adults do not hinder children from coming to the Lord. 

The CEF ministry is slowly evolving and we are thankful to God for His mercy and blessings. 

Contact Us

Miruška Čmelik

Direct ministry with children, with teenagers, camps, trainings. 

Lazar & Izabela Atanasovski

Direct ministry with children, with teenagers, camps, trainings. 

Katarina Rabrenović

Literature coordinator for the region, training