Prelature Ludwigsburg

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Basic data
Regional Church : Evangelical Church in Württemberg
last prelate : Dorothea Margenfeld (until 2003)
Area : km²
Structure: 12 church districts
Parishioners: approx. 621,000 (2005)
Location of the former prelature of Ludwigsburg within the Evang.  Regional Church in Württemberg

The Prelature Ludwigsburg , also called Sprengel Ludwigsburg , was last from 1992 to 2003 one of five prelatures of the Evangelical Church in Württemberg . At that time it was dissolved and its territory distributed to the surrounding prelatures. Since then there are only four prelatures left.

From 1823 to 1955 there was a prelature in Ludwigsburg.

In contrast to the church district , which is a corporation under public law , the prelature had no legal personality. It was just an ecclesiastical administrative district. The leadership of the prelature was incumbent on the prelate (the prelate), who was also called " regional bishop " ("regional bishop").


The Ludwigsburg Prelature last comprised the area from Besigheim in the north to Herrenberg in the south and from Mühlacker in the west to Schorndorf in the east, i.e. essentially the districts of Böblingen and Ludwigsburg as well as the Rems-Murr district and the east of the Enz district . The church districts of Backnang , Besigheim , Böblingen , Ditzingen , Herrenberg , Leonberg , Ludwigsburg , Marbach , Mühlacker , Schorndorf , Vaihingen an der Enz and Waiblingen were most recently part of the Ludwigsburg prelature .


Evangelical town church on the market square.

The prelatures go back to the earlier general superintendencies (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 superintendencies have been changed several times. So in 1823 the General Superintendenz Ludwigsburg was created in place of the previous General Superintendenz Maulbronn. However, it only included the five deaneries Ludwigsburg, Böblingen, Cannstatt, Stuttgart and the deanery Stuttgart office, which was only separated from the deanery Stuttgart in 1819. In 1924 the general superintendent tendencies became the prelatures. In 1934 its own prelature was established in Stuttgart and in 1955 the Ludwigsburg prelature was repealed. In 1992 it was rebuilt with a new description (now with twelve deaneries) before it was finally repealed in 2003 as part of austerity measures. At that time the church districts Backnang, Mühlacker, Schorndorf and Waiblingen were assigned to the prelature Heilbronn , the church districts Besigheim, Ditzingen, Ludwigsburg, Marbach and Vaihingen / Enz to the prelature Stuttgart and the church districts Böblingen, Herrenberg and Leonberg to the prelature Reutlingen .

The main church of the Prelature of Ludwigsburg was the Protestant town church in Ludwigsburg, where the prelate also held regular services.

Superintendent general and prelate since 1823