Evangelical Church in Germany

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Evangelical Church in Germany
Logo of the Evangelical Church in Germany
Basic data
Council President: Heinrich Bedford-Strohm
Synod Praeses: Irmgard Schwaetzer
President of the Church Office: Hans Ulrich Anke
Founding year: 1945
Member churches: 20th
Members: 20.713 million
(December 31, 2019)
Members previous year: 21.141 million
(December 31, 2018)
Headquarters in Hanover
Address: Herrenhäuser Str. 12
30419 Hanover
Website: www.ekd.de

The Evangelical Church in Germany ( EKD ) is a corporation under public law , formed by the community of 20 Lutheran , Uniate and Reformed churches in Germany . The independent member churches have unrestricted pulpit and communion fellowship regardless of their different confessional status . The EKD church office is located in Hanover-Herrenhausen .

The EKD supports the Conference of European Churches (CEC), who with other Protestant , Anglican and Orthodox churches from almost all countries of Europe belongs. She is a member of the Working Group of Christian Churches in Germany (ACK). In addition, all member churches belong to the Community of Evangelical Churches in Europe and the World Council of Churches .


Number of members of the Protestant and Catholic Church in Germany 1960–2003
The distribution of denominations in the German states in 2008.
  • Absolute majority (> 50%) Catholic
  • Relative majority Catholic
  • Absolute majority (> 50%) Protestant
  • Relative majority Protestant
  • Absolute majority (> 50%) without a denomination and more Protestant than Catholic

  • (Lower Saxony was mainly Protestant until 2008; on December 31, 2011 only 48.5% were Protestant)
    Protestant population by district based on the 2011 census

    The EKD was founded in 1945 and received its constitution in 1948. The member churches (now 20) have found their overarching institutional form with the EKD. The Protestant church system is federally structured at all levels.

    The EKD performs the joint tasks assigned to it. The democratically constituted and elected governing bodies of the EKD are synod , council and church conference. You are responsible for performing the tasks of the EKD, which are laid down in the church constitution , the basic order of the EKD. The EKD Church Office is responsible for the business of the Synod, the Council and the Church Conference.

    As a contact for government agencies, the EKD maintains the office of an authorized representative of the EKD Council for the Federal Republic of Germany and the European Union.

    At the end of 2019, 20.713 million people or 24.9% of the total population of Germany were members of the Protestant regional churches. The number of members of the Protestant regional churches was around 1.9 million below that of the Roman Catholic Church in Germany . The north of Germany in particular is predominantly evangelical: Schleswig-Holstein and Lower Saxony .


    Already between 1852 and 1903 there were regular meetings among the highest Protestant church authorities in Germany in the " Eisenach Church Conference ". Initially, however, this did not become a permanent institution. In 1922 the German Evangelical Church Federation was founded, to which the 28 regional churches of the German Empire that existed at that time belonged. In 1933, under the influence of the National Socialists, the German Evangelical Church (DEK) was founded with the aim of creating a uniform Evangelical " Reich Church ". The predominant church party at that time were the " German Christians " (DC), who openly sympathized with National Socialism. From 1933 onwards, numerous regional churches were administered by DC-dominated church leaderships. Only three regional churches were able to withdraw from the rule of the "German Christians" and remained "intact": Württemberg, Bavaria and Hanover. Ludwig Müller , a staunch National Socialist , became Reich Bishop . In 1934 the Confessing Church was formed as a counterpoint to the DEK . Their best-known representatives were Martin Niemöller and Dietrich Bonhoeffer .

    As a rule, the Protestant churches and their hierarchies showed themselves to be compliant supporters and sympathizers of the Hitler regime. In the spring of 1939, eleven Protestant regional churches in Eisenach founded the " Institute for Research and Elimination of Jewish Influence on German Church Life ". In May of that year it was inaugurated at the Wartburg ; at its head were the theologians Siegfried Leffler and Walter Grundmann . The files of the “Entjudungsinstitut”, which disappeared after 1945, only became known to the public in 1990 after the regional church archive had moved.

    After the end of the Second World War , the leading clergy of the Evangelical regional churches under the leadership of the Württemberg regional bishop Theophil Wurm made a new attempt to give the different churches a common roof. In August 1945, for example, at a "Church Leaders Conference" held in Treysa (today Schwalmstadt ) in Hesse , a council of the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD) consisting of twelve members was formed. The main task of the council was to prepare the final order of the EKD. When the constitution of the EKD was unanimously adopted by the synodals in Eisenach on July 13, 1948 , the EKD was officially founded, specifically not as a centrally administered national church, but “as a federation of independent churches of different denominations”. The church chancellery was initially temporarily housed in Schwäbisch Gmünd and relocated to Hanover-Herrenhausen in 1949 in connection with the adoption of the constitution and the assumption of the presidency by Oberlandeskirchenrat Heinz Brunotte . Hanover was considered the most suitable location because of its connections to the member churches in the GDR.

    Despite the division of Germany, the EKD initially remained as an amalgamation of the Protestant regional churches of both German states. Since the Wall was built in 1961 at the latest , this led to major organizational problems, so that the EKD could no longer maintain its joint tasks in both German states. The problems of everyday church activity also varied increasingly. So was 1969 Federation of Evangelical Churches in the GDR as a merger of eight regional churches in the area of DDR founded. After the reunification of the two German states in 1990/91, the Federation of Evangelical Churches in the GDR reunited with the EKD.

    In November 1979, a collective agreement for EKD employees was signed with the trade unions for the first time in the Federal Republic of Germany . Previously, negotiations took place over several years between trade unions and the North Elbe Evangelical Lutheran Church .

    In 1984 the Berlin architects Bangert-Jansen-Scholz-Schultes moved into the new headquarters in Hanover-Herrenhausen on the former grounds of the Princely House .

    In the summer of 2006, the EKD Council published the impulse paper “Church of Freedom”, with which a comprehensive reform process “ Church on the move ” of the Evangelical Church in Germany should be initiated. In view of the decreasing number of members, the EKD member churches should restrict themselves to the “core business”. Since then, the EKD has been discussing focal points of future church work and a definition of the core business. The recommendation to small regional churches to merge into larger regional churches in order to save management and administrative costs was a factor in the formation of the Northern Church in 2012.

    Theological attitudes of the EKD

    In the EKD there is a broad spectrum of theological movements with liberal and conservative views. Depending on the member church, the confessions are Lutheran , Reformed or United . What the churches have in common is the Apostolic Creed and the Nicano-Constantinopolitan Creed .

    The ordination of women is permitted in all regional churches of the EKD. The marriage of same-sex couples is allowed under canon law in 14 of 20 regional churches (as of January 2020); In another four regional churches of the EKD (as of January 2020), same-sex couples can be blessed in a church service, provided that the local pastor and the church community management agree. In an orientation guide that is not binding for the regional churches, the church office of the EKD has declared that pastors living in a registered partnership can live with their partner in the rectory if this is permitted under canon law in the respective regional church and the respective community has agreed.

    The EKD rejected creationism in a study from April 2008, but also emphasized the importance of belief in creation in school lessons.

    In the orientation guide Between Autonomy and Dependency published in spring 2013, the EKD calls for all forms of family to be recognized and strengthened.

    On February 17, 2016, on behalf of the Council of the Evangelical Church in Germany, the chairman of the EKD, Heinrich Bedford-Strohm, commented on the Church's joint responsibility for the witch trials and on the rehabilitation of the victims of the witch persecution : The witch persecution was a serious injustice, which is also reflected the churches and many of their representatives are guilty .

    Organization chart of the Evangelical Church in Germany

    Synod of the EKD

    The Synod of the EKD is the church-governing and legislative body of the EKD. It meets once a year for almost a week, at the invitation of one of its member churches in a different German city.

    The synod consists of a total of 126 members. In addition, a total of eight youth delegates under 30 years of age take part in the synod every year. The EKD Synod is chaired by the Presidium , headed by the Preses .


    1949–1955: Gustav Heinemann
    1955–1961: Constantin von Dietze
    1961–1970: Hans Puttfarcken
    1970–1973: Ludwig Raiser
    1973–1985: Cornelius von Heyl
    1985–2003: Jürgen Schmude
    2003–2009: Barbara Rinke
    2009–2013: Katrin Göring-Eckardt
    2013– 0000: Irmgard Schwaetzer

    Council of the EKD

    The EKD Council is the governing body of the Evangelical Church in Germany. It consists of 15 members: in addition to the President of the Synod, the Synod and the Church Conference jointly elect 14 other council members. The synod and church conference elect a chairman from among its members at the suggestion of the council members. His term of office is six years.

    Members of the EKD Council

    On November 10, 2015, the members of the EKD Council were elected for the term of office from 2015 to 2021 in a total of eleven ballots:

    Andreas Barner , Ingelheim, former CEO of Boehringer Ingelheim
    Heinrich Bedford-Strohm , Munich, Regional Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bavaria (since 2014 Chairman of the Council)
    Michael Diener , Kassel, President of the Evangelical Gnadauer Community Association
    Markus Dröge , Berlin, bishop emeritus of the Evangelical Church Berlin-Brandenburg-Silesian Upper Lusatia
    Kirsten Fehrs , Hamburg, bishop in the district of Hamburg and Lübeck of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Northern Germany
    Elisabeth Gräb-Schmidt , Tübingen, theology professor
    Kerstin Griese , Member of the Bundestag, Ratingen, Parliamentary State Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs
    Jacob Joussen , Düsseldorf, Professor of Law
    Volker Jung , Darmstadt, Church President of the Evangelical Church in Hesse and Nassau
    Dieter Kaufmann, Stuttgart, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Diaconal Work of the Evangelical Church in Württemberg
    Annette Kurschus , Bielefeld, President of the Evangelical Church of Westphalia (since 2015 deputy chairwoman of the council)
    Thomas Rachel , Member of the Bundestag, Düren, Parliamentary State Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Education
    Irmgard Schwaetzer , Berlin, Federal Minister i. R. (as Synod President by virtue of office)
    Stephanie Springer , Celle, President of the Regional Church Office of the Evangelical Lutheran Regional Church of Hanover
    Marlehn Thieme , Bad Soden, Director at Deutsche Bank i. R.

    Chairman of the Council of the EKD

    The EKD is represented by the Chairman of the Council of the Evangelical Church in Germany, or EKD Council Chairman for short. The Federation of Evangelical Churches in the GDR elected a chairman.

    The Chairman of the Council of the EKD is the Bavarian State Bishop Heinrich Bedford-Strohm . After the previous representative Nikolaus Schneider had announced his resignation from the office of Council Chairman on June 30, 2014 and his departure from the EKD Council for family reasons on November 10, 2014, Heinrich Bedford-Strohm was elected as his successor on November 11, 2014 .

    Incumbent since 1945
    1945–1949: Theophil Wurm , State Bishop, Württemberg
    1949–1961: Otto Dibelius , Bishop, Berlin-Brandenburg
    1961–1967: Kurt Scharf , President, from 1966 bishop, Berlin-Brandenburg
    1967–1973: Hermann Dietzfelbinger , regional bishop, Bavaria
    1973–1979: Helmut Claß , State Bishop, Württemberg
    1979–1985: Eduard Lohse , regional bishop, Hanover
    1985–1991: Martin Kruse , Bishop, Berlin-Brandenburg
    1991–1997: Klaus Engelhardt , Regional Bishop, Baden
    1997–2003: Manfred Kock , President, Rhineland
    2003–2009: Wolfgang Huber , Bishop, Berlin-Brandenburg-Silesian Upper Lusatia
    2009–2010: Margot Käßmann , State Bishop, Hanover
    2010–2014: Nikolaus Schneider , President, Rhineland
    2014– 0000: Heinrich Bedford-Strohm , State Bishop, Bavaria
    Chairwoman of the GDR Church Federation (1969–1991)
    1969–1981: Albrecht Schönherr , Bishop of Berlin-Brandenburg
    1981–1982: Werner Krusche , Bishop of the Church Province of Saxony
    1982–1986: Johannes Hempel , State Bishop of Saxony
    1986–1990: Werner Leich , State Bishop of Thuringia
    1990–1991: Christoph Demke , Bishop of the Church Province of Saxony

    Authorized representative of the EKD Council for the Federal Republic of Germany and the European Union

    The representative of the Council of the Evangelical Church in Germany for the Federal Republic of Germany and the European Union forms the diplomatic link between the Evangelical Church and the political organs and institutions of the Federal Republic and the EU. On the one hand, it provides information to the EKD and, on the other hand, represents church interests vis-à-vis the state authorities. He also advocates the concerns of disadvantaged groups, establishes contacts with church bodies and represents the Protestant church on the political level. His office is in the EKD building on Berlin's Gendarmenmarkt.

    The authorized representative is Martin Dutzmann, the head of the Brussels office of the authorized representative of the EKD Council is senior church councilor Katrin Hatzinger.

    Previous EKD authorized representative
    1950–1977: Bishop Hermann Kunst
    1977–1992: Bishop Heinz-Georg Binder
    1993–1999: Bishop Hartmut Löwe
    1999–2009: Prelate Stephan Reimers
    2009–2013: Prelate Bernhard Felmberg
    2013– 0000: Prelate Martin Dutzmann

    The office of plenipotentiary was often combined with that of Protestant military bishop . Art from 1956 to 1972, Binder from 1985 to 1994 and Löwe from 1994 to 2003 also served as military bishop.

    Commissioner of the Council of the EKD

    The commissioners should help the council to strengthen the church's presence in areas that generally and currently urgently require intensive church support. The representatives are available to people in these areas as interlocutors and promote understanding for their concerns in church and society. You work in committees and working groups of the EKD. These people were commissioned or confirmed by the EKD Council (term of office 2015 to 2021). Further assignments are decided by the council.

    Ambassador of the Council for the Reformation Jubilee 2017

    Church conference

    The church conference is the federative governing body of the EKD. It advises or suggests projects of the organs of the EKD and the member churches. The smaller member churches (less than two million members) have one vote, the larger two. The chairman is the incumbent council chairman of the EKD, currently. Heinrich Bedford-Strohm. The church conference also includes a representative of the European Continental Province of the Brethren .

    Church office of the EKD

    The church office of the EKD (until 1983 church chancellery) is the central administrative authority of the EKD. As an office of the council, the church conference and the synod, it carries out their business. It is the seat of the joint office of the EKD synod, the full conference of the ICE and the general synod of the VELKD . It manages the business of the representatives of the EKD Council, its chambers and commissions and administers the EKD's international relations. The office of the council chairman of the EKD is located in the church office building. The church office maintains an overview of a number of church works and institutions.


    The church office is divided into 4 main departments, 7 subdivisions and other (special) areas:

    Main department I = management, law and finance, management: President Hans Ulrich Anke
    Department of Church Office Management
    Law department
    Finance department
    Department II = Church Areas of Action and Education, Head: Vice President Thies Gundlach (since 2010)
    Department of Church Areas of Action
    Education Department
    Main Department III = Public Responsibility, Head: Vice President Horst Gorski (since 2015, also head of the Office of the United Evangelical Lutheran Church in Germany (VELKD))
    Department IV = Ecumenism and work abroad, Head: Vice-President Bishop Petra Bosse-Huber (since 2014, Bishop Abroad and Head of the Office of the Union of Evangelical Churches (UEK))
    Department of Ecumenism
    Foreign work department

    The office of the VELKD (formerly the office of the VELKD) is connected with the management of the main department III and the office of the UEK with the management of the main department IV of the church office.


    The President, the Vice-Presidents and the other department heads form the college of the EKD Church Office. The superior of the members of the college is the council of the EKD, which can delegate powers to the president. Other persons take part in the meetings of the college as permanent guests, the head of the office of the representative of the council for the Federal Republic of Germany and the European Community, the accounting office, the department for equal opportunities as well as the officer for personnel, with advisory Vote part.

    Special areas

    Communication with the press office of the Church Office and the EKD (affiliated to Main Department I)
    Equal Opportunities Unit (attached to Department I)

    The church office is also the seat of the chambers and commissions of the EKD . The Evangelical School Foundation in the EKD , the Foundation for the Preservation of Church Monuments in Germany and the Foundation Orgelklang are also located in the church office; the EKD library and other branches of EKD work areas are also located here. The accounting office of the EKD has its office in Markgrafstrasse in Hanover and belongs to the business area of ​​the church office.

    The EKD church office has around 200 employees.

    Head / President (since 1946)

    The President of the EKD Church Office is, among other things, the head of the department and the superior of all employees and manages the business of the Church Office. He chairs the college. The EKD Council can delegate tasks to represent the EKD. He is paid according to salary group B 6 of salary order B.

    The data protection officer of the Evangelical Church in Germany

    The EKD Data Protection Officer (BFD EKD) is a dependent EKD institution and was founded on January 1, 2014. Since January 1, 2014, the lawyer Michael Jacob has been appointed data protection officer by the EKD Council, his deputy is the computer scientist Sascha Tönnies. The institution takes over the data protection supervision for the EKD, most member churches, associations and the Diakonie. The facility is divided into the headquarters in Hanover and four regional offices.

    Ecclesiastical courts

    According to the self-understanding of the evangelical church, the various offices in the church do not establish "rule of one over the other, but rather the exercise of the service entrusted and commanded to the whole community". (4th thesis of the Barmer Declaration ).

    The task of mediating disputes is incumbent on the ecclesiastical courts of the Evangelical Church in Germany, which are staffed with independent judges (Article 32, Paragraph 1 of the EKD's constitution). In addition, there are courts of the regional churches and regional church associations (cf. for example the administrative court of the Union of Evangelical Churches ). The court constitution and procedural law in force today goes back to the “Church Law on the Establishment, Organization and Procedure of the Church Courts of the Evangelical Church in Germany”, which the Synod passed on November 6, 2003. Church courts are accordingly (Art. 32 Para. 2 of the Basic Law):

    The Church Court of the Evangelical Church in Germany is the Church Court of First Instance, the Church Court of the Evangelical Church in Germany is the Church Court of the Second Instance.

    In principle, the courts of the EKD are only responsible for the EKD area. However, by church law - in agreement with the respective regional church - ecclesiastical courts of the member churches can be responsible as the first instance within the EKD or, conversely, EKD church courts can be made responsible for disputes within the member churches.

    Legal disputes over church constitutional law , disciplinary law and employee representation law are resolved before the EKD church courts . Details are primarily regulated by the Church Court Act of the Evangelical Church in Germany (KiGG.EKD).

    The EKD, however, has no administrative jurisdiction. Administrative court proceedings in connection with the employment relationship of church officials of the EKD, on the other hand, are assigned to the courts of ecclesiastical associations, namely in the first instance the Court of Justice of the Confederation of Protestant Churches in Lower Saxony and in the second instance the constitutional and administrative court of the United Evangelical Lutheran Church in Germany . In addition, the individual regional churches have set up administrative courts.

    Member churches of the EKD

    The borders of the 20 member churches of the EKD are essentially based on the political borders of 1815 .


    Regional church Senior
    Confession Further memberships Members
    (December 31, 2019)
    Communities Church districts
    or equivalent
    Administrative headquarters Situation in Germany
    Evang. State Church of Anhalt Church President
    Joachim Liebig
    united UEK 0.029,649 0.150 05 Dessau-Rosslau EKD Anhalt.svg
    Evang. Regional church in Baden Regional Bishop
    Jochen Cornelius-Bundschuh
    united UEK 1,116,079 0.630 29 Karlsruhe EKD Baden.svg
    Evangelical Luth. Church in Bavaria Regional Bishop
    Heinrich Bedford-Strohm
    Lutheran VELKD , Lutheran World Federation 2,297,528 1,531 68 Munich EKD Bayern.svg
    Evang. Church in Berlin-Brandenburg-Silesian Upper Lusatia Bishop
    Christian Stäblein
    united UEK 0.914.260 1,504 35 Berlin EVK Berlin-Brandenburg-Silesian Upper Lusatia.svg
    Evangelical Luth. Regional church in Braunschweig Regional Bishop
    Christoph Meyns
    Lutheran Konf.ev.Ki.Nds , VELKD , Lutheran World Federation 0.320,900 0.414 13 Wolfenbüttel EKD Braunschweig.svg
    Bremen Evangelical Church Secretary:
    Bernd Kuschnerus
    united UEK 0.180.955 0.061 00 Bremen EKD Bremen.svg
    Evangelical Lutheran Regional Church of Hanover Regional Bishop
    Ralf Meister
    Lutheran Konf.ev.Ki.Nds , VELKD , Lutheran World Federation 2,482,015 1,366 57 Hanover EKD Hannover.svg
    Evang. Church in Hesse and Nassau Church President
    Volker Jung
    united UEK 1,483,767 1,175 47 Darmstadt EKD Hessen-Nassau.svg
    Evang. Church of Kurhessen-Waldeck Bishop
    Beate Hofmann
    united UEK 0.783.980 0.894 26th kassel EKD Kurhessen-Waldeck.svg
    Lippe regional church State Superintendent
    Dietmar Arends
    mostly reformed , with a Lutheran minority UEK , Reformed Covenant , Lutheran World Federation (Lutheran Class) 0.152,409 0.072 05 Detmold EKD Lippe.svg
    Evang. Church in Central Germany Regional Bishop
    Friedrich Kramer
    united UEK , VELKD , Lutheran World Federation 0.677.436 3,315 38 Magdeburg , Erfurt EKD Mitteldeutschland.svg
    Evangelical Luth. Church in Northern Germany Regional Bishop
    Kristina Kühnbaum-Schmidt
    Lutheran VELKD , Lutheran World Federation 1,939,750 1.104 14th Kiel , Schwerin EKD Norddeutschland.svg
    Evangelical Luth. Church in Oldenburg Bishop Thomas Adomeit Lutheran Konf.ev.Ki.Nds , Lutheran World Federation ,
    guest status in VELKD and UEK
    0.397.903 0.123 06th Oldenburg EKD Oldenburg.svg
    Evang. Church of the Palatinate Church President
    Christian Schad
    united UEK 0.494.757 0.431 20th Speyer EKD Pfalz.svg
    Evangelical Reformed Church Church president
    Martin Heimbucher
    reformed UEK , Reformed Federation 0.168,537 0.142 11 Leer (East Frisia) no area assignment
    Evangelical Church in the Rhineland President
    Manfred Rekowski
    united UEK 2,453,379 0.755 38 Dusseldorf EKD Rheinland.svg
    Evangelical Luth. Regional Church of Saxony Regional Bishop
    Tobias Bilz
    Lutheran VELKD , Lutheran World Federation 0.663.525 0.766 25th Dresden EKD Sachsen.svg
    Evangelical Luth. State Church of Schaumburg-Lippe Regional Bishop
    Karl-Hinrich Manzke
    Lutheran Konf.ev.Ki.Nds , VELKD , Lutheran World Federation 0.049,269 0.022nd 02 Buckeburg EKD Schaumburg-Lippe.svg
    Evangelical Church of Westphalia President
    Annette Kurschus
    united UEK 2,150,027 0.623 31 Bielefeld EKD Westphalia.svg
    Evang. Regional Church in Württemberg Regional Bishop
    Frank Otfried July
    Lutheran Lutheran World Federation ,
    guest status in VELKD and UEK
    1,957,088 1,373 48 Stuttgart EKD Württemberg.svg
    Evangelical regional churches in Germany

    Affiliated as an associated member of the EKD:

    All 20 member churches of the EKD are members of the worldwide World Council of Churches .

    The Evangelical Lutheran Regional Church in Braunschweig, the Evangelical Lutheran Regional Church of Hanover, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Oldenburg, the Evangelical Reformed Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Regional Church of Schaumburg-Lippe are members of the Confederation of Evangelical Churches in Lower Saxony .

    Until 2003 the Evangelical Church of the Union was also a member of the EKD. This merged in 2003 in the Union of Evangelical Churches .

    Special pastoral care areas

    The ecclesiastical leadership of evangelical pastoral care in the Bundeswehr is carried out by the military bishop , currently Sigurd Rink .

    Military Dean General Matthias Heimer heads the Protestant Church Office for the Bundeswehr in Berlin-Charlottenburg . There are other military deans in Erfurt, Glücksburg (Navy), Kiel, Mainz and Munich.

    With the care and counseling of soldiers who applied for conscientious objection want to make or have made, which is Protestant Association for conscientious objection and peace commissioned.

    The representative of the council of the EKD for evangelical pastoral care in the federal police is regional bishop Karl-Hinrich Manzke in Bückeburg , who in 2011 was bishop i. R. Eduard Berger followed in this function. There is also a Protestant dean of the Federal Police and the Chief Pastor of the Federal Police at the Federal Police Headquarters (BPOLP) North, East, West, Middle and South.

    With the Protestant police pastoral care of the state police, the Conference of Protestant pastors Police (Kepp) deals. Its board members include the State Police Pastor Kurt Grützner , Pastor Thea Ilse, Pastor Susanne Hansen and State Police Pastor Werner Schiewek .

    Independent associations of member churches of the EKD

    Works, institutes and work areas of the EKD

    The existing plants within the EKD are organized in the Conference of Church Organizations and Associations of the EKD (KKWV). Brunhilde Raiser and Martin Rosowski have been the chairmen since 2008 .

    Chambers and commissions of the EKD

    In the chambers and commissions of the EKD there are experts from the member churches, the church office and the synod of the EKD as well as experts from politics, science and society. They support and advise the EKD and its organs and publish statements and texts (EKD texts). The chambers and commissions are set up by the EKD Council. At its meeting on June 24, 2016, the EKD Council reassigned the most important chambers and commissions.

    • Chamber for Education and Upbringing, Children and Youth
    • Chamber for Migration and Integration
    • Chamber for Sustainable Development
    • Public Responsibility Chamber
    • Chamber for Social Order
    • Chamber of Theology
    • Chamber for Worldwide Ecumenism
    • Joint Committee on Church and Judaism of the EKD, VELKD and the UEK

    EKD's own church building

    Castle Church of Wittenberg

    The EKD owns the following three churches:

    See also


    • Martin Greschat : Protestantism in the Federal Republic of Germany (1945-2005) (= Church history in individual representations, Volume IV / 2). Evangelische Verlagsanstalt, Leipzig 2010, ISBN 978-3-374-02498-8 .
    • Christian Hanke : The German policy of the Evangelical Church in Germany from 1945 to 1990. A political-scientific investigation with special consideration of the church's understanding of democracy, society and the state (=  series of publications of the Society for Germany Research . Vol. 68). Duncker and Humblot, 1999, ISBN 3-428-09453-0 .
    • Wolf-Dieter HauschildEvangelical Church in Germany . In: Theologische Realenzyklopädie (TRE). Volume 10, de Gruyter, Berlin / New York 1982, ISBN 3-11-008575-5 , pp. 656-677.
    • Hans Otte: Evangelical Church in Germany . In: Stadtlexikon Hannover , p. 167.
    • Andreas Stegmann (Ed.): The Evangelical Church in Germany in the 1970s. Contributions to the 100th birthday of Helmut Claß . Leipzig 2015.
    • Werner Thiede : Evangelical Church - Ship without a compass? Scientific Book Society, Darmstadt 2017, ISBN 978-3-534-26893-1 .

    Web links

    Commons : Evangelical Church in Germany  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

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