Evangelical Church Office for the Bundeswehr
Evangelical Church Office for the Bundeswehr
|position||Higher federal authority|
|Supervisory authority||Federal ministry of defense|
|Authority management||Military Dean General Matthias Heimer|
|Web presence||EKA in the network|
The Evangelical Church Office for the Federal Armed Forces ( EKA ) in Berlin is a higher federal authority within the portfolio of the Federal Ministry of Defense (BMVg). It is the central administrative authority of the Protestant military pastoral care and is headed by Military Dean General Matthias Heimer . The church management by the evangelical military bishop and the state administration and organization by the BMVg flow together in it.
The EKA's sister authority is the Catholic Military Bishop's Office (KMBA). EKA and KMBA with their respective subordinate areas together form the organizational area of military pastoral care of the Bundeswehr . The Evangelical Church Office has been located in the former service building of the Prussian Evangelical Higher Church Council in Berlin-Charlottenburg since 2007 .
The Evangelical Church Office is divided into three sections:
- Section I (Head: Director at EKA Lars Burkhardt): Personnel matters in all departments of the Protestant military pastoral care; Organization; Operational support; Foreign countries; Training.
- Section II (Head: Senior Military Dean Dirck Ackermann): Pastoral care; Theological matters of principle; Pastoral services; Community work; Life science lessons; Ecumenical relations; Cooperation with other bodies; Public relation; Intranet / Internet. The unit organizes z. B. the annual general conference of evangelical military chaplains
- Section III (Head: Government Senior Official Roland Bolte): Budget; Finances federal / church; central billing of part-time employees; Ancillary fees ; central and decentralized requirement coverage matters; Bw fleet management; Internal service matters in the EKA (e.g. post office and deployment control service vehicle, IT responsibility and infrastructure); Technical supervisory examinations in the administrative area at the subordinate departments
Directly subordinate to the Evangelical Church Office are the four Evangelical Military Deans of Berlin, Kiel, Cologne and Munich as federal agencies . The military deans supervise around 100 Protestant military parish officers as local federal authorities . These small offices usually consist of a military pastor and a parish assistant. The four German Protestant military chaplains at the Bundeswehr sites abroad in the USA and at NATO headquarters are managed directly by the Protestant Church Office. These are the German Evangelical Military Parish Office in Belgium / France ( SHAPE ), the German Evangelical Military Parish Office in Sigonelle / Italy , the German Evangelical Military Parish Office USA I ( Washington ) and the German Evangelical Military Parish Office USA II ( Fort Bliss ).
The Evangelical Church Office for the Bundeswehr is based on the military pastoral care contract concluded in 1957 between the Federal Republic and the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD) .
The office is a higher federal authority within the portfolio of the Federal Ministry of Defense. Accordingly, his staff are federal employees; the military general dean ( salary group B 6 ) and the other management staff are federal officials for life.
At the same time, however, the office is subordinate to the Evangelical Military Bishop in matters of military pastoral care . The military bishop, on the other hand, is not a member of the Evangelical Church Office for the Bundeswehr.
The military general dean, although he is a federal civil servant, represents the military bishop in church matters. The current military dean general Matthias Heimer is also a member of the advisory board of the Federal Academy for Security Policy .
List of Military Deans General
The following served as military deans general for the Bundeswehr:
- 1957–1965: Friedrich Hofmann
- 1965–1973: Albrecht von Mutius
- 1973–1992: Reinhard Gramm
- 1992–1995: Johannes Ottemeyer
- 1995-2004: Erhard Knauer
- 2005–2010: Peter Brandt
- since 2010: Matthias Heimer
- ↑ Advisory Board of the Federal Academy for Security Policy. Retrieved July 12, 2018 .
- ↑ Exemplary networking - military bishop Sigurd Rink pays tribute to the Federal Academy for Security Policy. Retrieved July 12, 2018 .