Michael Herbst

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Michael Herbst

Michael Herbst (born April 2, 1955 in Bielefeld ) is a German Protestant theologian . He has been Professor of Practical Theology at the University of Greifswald since 1996 .


After graduating from high school in 1975, Herbst studied Protestant theology at the Bethel Church University , the Georg-August University of Göttingen and the Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg . After successfully completing his studies, he worked from 1981 to 1984 as a research assistant with Manfred Seitz at the Institute for Practical Theology at the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, where he received his doctorate in 1986 on missionary church development in the Volkskirche . From 1984 to 1992 Herbst was vicar and finally pastor of the Evangelical Matthew Congregation in Münster , Westphalia , from 1992 to 1996 hospital chaplain in the children's center in Gilead of the Von Bodelschwingh Foundation Bethel . Michael Herbst has been full professor for practical theology at the University of Greifswald since 1996 .

In 2004, together with Jörg Ohlemacher, he founded the institute for research into evangelism and community development in Greifswald and became the sole director of the institute after Ohlemacher retired. Michael Herbst is also a member of the board of trustees of the Theological Study House Greifswald and ProChrist . From April 2009 to 2013, Herbst was Vice-Rector of the University of Greifswald and responsible for studies. He is university preacher and disability officer at the university.

Herbst published mostly on questions of church structure , homiletics and medical ethics . He is co-editor of the professional journal Theological Contributions , member of the Theological Committee of VELKD and AMD , member of the International Research Consortium for Congregational Studies and Social Sciences and of the Academy for Ethics in Medicine.


Michael Herbst is married and has four children.


  • 2013: Sexau Community Prize
  • 2017: Teaching award from the University of Greifswald in the "Integrated Teaching" category


Michael Herbst at a presentation in 1998
as a co-author
  • with Peter Böhlemann: Spiritual guidance - a manual , 2011, ISBN 978-3-525-57014-2 .
  • with Birgit Winterhoff: From Lausanne to Cape Town. The Third Congress on World Evangelization , 2011, ISBN 978-3-7615-5880-5 .
  • with Frieder Dünkel and Thomas Schlegel as editors: Think Rural! Dynamics of change in peripheral rural areas and their implications for services of general interest. Springer VS 2014, ISBN 978-3-658-03930-1 .
  • with Patrick Todjeras: Rooted! On the trail of Jesus and life together , SCM Hänssler, Holzgerlingen 2020, ISBN 978-3-7751-6042-1 .

Web links

Commons : Michael Herbst  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Kuratorium ProChrist eV , prochrist.org, accessed on June 13, 2015.
  2. Portrait of the author  ( page no longer available , search in web archivesInfo: The link was automatically marked as defective. Please check the link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. , at: RandomHouse Publishing Group website, accessed July 16, 2013@1@ 2Template: Dead Link / www.randomhouse.de  
  3. Sexau Community Prize for Michael Herbst , ekiba.de, message from January 6, 2013.
  4. Teaching Awards 2017 , accessed on October 17, 2017