Heilbronn Prelature

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Basic data
Regional Church : Evangelical Church in Württemberg
Prelate : Ralf Albrecht
Area : km²
Structure: 14 church districts
Parishioners: approx. 569,967 (Dec. 31, 2007)
Address of the
prelature :
Alexanderstr. 70
74074 Heilbronn, Germany
Location of the Heilbronn Prelature within the Evang.  Regional Church in Württemberg

The Heilbronn Prelature , also called Sprengel Heilbronn , is one of four prelatures of the Evangelical Church in Württemberg . In contrast to the church district , which is a corporation under public law , the prelature has no legal personality. It is just an ecclesiastical administrative district. The leadership of the prelature is incumbent on the prelate (the prelate), who is also known as the regional bishop ( regional bishop ).


The prelate has the task of visiting the deans in his prelature . But he is also active in pastoral care among the pastors and helps to fill the parish parish posts again. He is a member of the College of the Upper Church Council .


The Heilbronn Prelature covers the entire north of the Evangelical Church in Württemberg, i.e. the area from Weikersheim in the north to Schorndorf in the south and from Mühlacker in the west to Crailsheim in the east. Essentially, this concerns the Heilbronn-Franconia region , unless the areas belong to the Evangelical Church in Baden . Furthermore, the eastern part of the Enzkreis and most of the Rems-Murr-Kreis belong to the Heilbronn Prelature. It includes the church districts of Backnang , Blaufelden (including the church district of Langenburg , which was dissolved in 1976 ), Brackenheim , Crailsheim , Gaildorf , Heilbronn , Künzelsau , Mühlacker , Öhringen , Schorndorf , Schwäbisch Hall , Waiblingen , Weikersheim and the church district that was newly formed on January 1, 2020 Weinsberg-Neuenstadt , which was formed from the two previous church districts Weinsberg and Neuenstadt am Kocher, which were dissolved at the same time , whereby the church districts Backnang, Mühlacker, Schorndorf and Waiblingen have only been part of the Heilbronn Prelature since the dissolution of the Ludwigsburg Prelature on May 1, 2003.


Kilian Church of Kiliansplatz seen from

The prelatures go back to the earlier general superintendentures (also generalates) in Württemberg. These were used soon after the introduction of the Reformation at the sites of the former monasteries ( Adelberg , Bebenhausen , Denkendorf and Maulbronn ). At the head of each was a general superintendent who was subordinate to the provost of the collegiate church in Stuttgart. However, the office of general superintendent was usually not associated with the respective monastery seat, rather the administrative district only bore its name. In the course of history, the names of the general superintendent were changed several times.

As a free imperial city, Heilbronn did not belong to Württemberg until 1803. Therefore, there has only been a general superintendent in Heilbronn since 1806. There was also a general superintendent in Schwäbisch Hall, which emerged from the former general superintendent in Schöntal. In 1913 the general superintendent in Schwäbisch Hall was dissolved and the area of ​​the general superintendent in Heilbronn was enlarged accordingly. In 1924 the general superintendentes became the prelatures. Until 1951, the seat of the prelate of Heilbronn was still in Schwäbisch Hall. The area of ​​the Heilbronn Prelature changed several times, in particular through the creation of the Ludwigsburg Prelature in 1992 and its repeal in 2003.

The main church of the Heilbronn Prelature is Kilian's Church in Heilbronn, where the prelate regularly holds services.

Superintendent general and prelate since 1806

Web links

Individual evidence

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