Münsingen church district
|Regional Church :||Evangelical Church in Württemberg|
|Parishioners:||approx. 23,700 (2005)|
The Münsingen church district was in the south of the Württemberg regional church. Its area included the southeast of the Reutlingen district, i.e. the towns and communities of Engstingen , Gomadingen , Hayingen , Hohenstein , Mehrstetten , Münsingen , Trochtelfingen (only the Wilsingen district) and Zwiefalten as well as the towns and communities of Heroldstatt , Laichingen (excluding the districts of Machtolsheim and Suppingen) and Lauterach and Schelklingen (excluding the core town and districts of Hausen ob Urspring and Schmiechen) and the Mundingen district of the city of Ehingen (Danube) in the Alb-Danube district .
Neighboring church districts
The Münsingen church district bordered the following church districts (starting clockwise in the northeast): Geislingen an der Steige , Blaubeuren and Biberach (all Ulm prelature), Reutlingen and Bad Urach (both Reutlingen prelature ) and Kirchheim unter Teck ( Stuttgart prelature ).
Most of the area of the dean's office or church district of Münsingen belonged to the old heartland of Württemberg, where the Reformation was introduced from 1534. The area is therefore predominantly evangelical and there is also a mostly old evangelical church in almost every village. The south of the Münsingen church district belonged to the Zwiefalten monastery . This area remained Catholic after the Reformation. Most of the Protestant residents moved here only after the Second World War and Protestant parishes were founded.
After the Reformation was introduced in 1534, the area around Münsingen belonged to the Urach Special Superintendent. In the 18th century Münsingen became the seat of its own higher office, but ecclesiastically it belonged to the deanery of Blaubeuren. However, the dean of Blaubeuren came to Münsingen once a year to visit the local communities. On December 27, 1817, Münsingen then became the seat of its own deanery. The pastor of Münsingen was appointed dean. All parishes of the Münsingen Oberamt as well as the parishes of Mundingen and Pflimmern came to the deanery district, the latter later being assigned to the deanery Biberach. The dean's office in Münsingen initially belonged to the Urach Generalate and from 1824 to the Reutlingen Generalate, from which today's Reutlingen Prelature emerged in 1924.
As a result of the dissolution of some districts or higher offices in Württemberg in 1939, the church administrative districts were also partially restructured. With effect from April 1, 1939, the parish of Trailfingen was reclassified from the Bad Urach church district to the Münsingen church district.
Head of the church district
The church district was headed by the district synod , the church district committee (KBA) and the dean . The last dean from 2007 to 2013 was Michael Scheiberg, who was also one of the pastors at the Martinskirche in Münsingen . He will continue to serve in the merged district for a transitional period.
Deans of the Münsingen church district
- 1817–1823: Johann Ludwig Ziegler; Parish priest in Münsingen since 1813
- 1823–1828: Gottlob Eberhard Hafner
- 1828–1834: Johann Gottlieb David Erhart
- 1834–1843: Josias Schüle
- 1843–1847: Sixt Karl Kapff (1805–1879)
- 1848–1865: Christoph Eberhard Elwert (1810–1883)
- 1865–1871: Wilhelm Paul Christoph Schüz
- 1871–1879: Rudolf Georg Ludwig Rooschütz (1827–1890)
- 1880–1890: Christian Niethammer
- 1890–1897: Johann August Friedrich Baur
- 1898–1907: Georg Dieterle (1856–1948)
- 1907–1913: Eugen Häcker
- 1914–1918: Albert Dierolf
- 1919–1935: Philipp Eugen Seitz (1870–1950)
- 1935–1950: Gregor Rupp
- 1950–1963: Bernhard Mildenberger (1898–1985)
- 1964–1969: Heinrich Leube (1924–2007)
- 1970–1980: Walter Gölz (1915–1988)
- 1980–1994: Eduard Seng (* 1930)
- 1995–2007: Ulrich Poguntke (* 1948)
- 2008–2016: Michael Scheiberg (* 1950)
In the Münsingen church district there were a total of 28 parishes, 12 of which had come together to form a total of six parishes.
The area of the former church district of Münsingen is predominantly Protestant in the north, but predominantly Catholic in the south. Old Protestant churches or parishes therefore only existed in those places that introduced the Reformation early on, i.e. predominantly in the old Württemberg part. Protestant residents moved to the predominantly Catholic places of the Zwiefalten Monastery only after the Second World War, so that there are mostly younger Protestant parishes there.
The church district included:
- Parish of Apfelstetten
- Parish of Auingen
- General parish of Bernloch-Meidelstetten
- Bernloch parish
- Meidelstetten parish
- Total parish of Böttingen-Magolsheim
- Parish of Böttingen
- Parish of Magolsheim
- Parish of Buttenhausen
- Dapfen parish
- Parish of Dottingen
- Parish of Ennabeuren
- Feldstetten parish
- General parish of Gomadingen
- Gomadingen parish
- Parish of Steingebronn
- Parish Hundersingen
- Parish of Kleinengstingen
- Parish of Kohlstetten
- Parish of Laichingen
- General parish of Mehrstetten-Sondernach
- Parish of Mehrstetten
- Parish of Sondernach
- Parish of Münsingen
- Parish of Mundingen
- Overall parish of Ödenwaldstetten
- Parish of Ödenwaldstetten
- Parish of Pfronstetten
- Parish of Rietheim
- Sontheim parish
- Parish of Trailfingen
- General parish of Zwiefalten
- Parish of Hayingen
- Parish of Zwiefalten
- The Evangelical Württemberg - Its church offices and clergy from the Reformation to the present, collected and edited by Christian Sigel, pastor in Gebersheim, 1910.
- The state of Baden-Wuerttemberg - official description according to districts and municipalities (in eight volumes); Edited by the Baden-Württemberg State Archives Department; Volume VII: Tübingen District, Stuttgart 1978, ISBN 3-17-004807-4 .
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