He then studied Protestant theology in Tübingen and Bethel . In 1954 he passed the first theological service examination and was vicar until 1957 . Years in a leading position in Protestant youth work followed. In 1957, Sorg became a youth pastor in Stuttgart, and from 1960 to 1965 he was head of the Evangelical Young Men Association in Württemberg.
From 1965 to 1973 he was pastor at the Stuttgart collegiate church , the Württemberg bishop's church . During this time he was a member of the Württemberg Evangelical Regional Synod from 1971 to 1974 and in 1971 was a co-founder of the Living Congregation discussion group . Sorg was considered to be a bridge builder between the Württemberg regional church and Swabian Pietism .
This was followed by promotion to several church leadership positions. In 1973 he was appointed to the senior church council of the Evangelical Church and headed the theological department. In 1980 he became a prelate ( regional bishop ) of the Stuttgart Prelature and as such remained a member of the college of the upper church council. From 1981 to 1987 he was the chairman of the Missionary Services Working Group (AMD) and initiated its first German theologian congress for church development in February 1987 in Stuttgart .
Finally, on November 25, 1987, he was elected regional bishop of the Evangelical Church in Württemberg, and on April 18 of the following year he was appointed to his post as successor to Hans von Keler . Theo Sorg was the sixth bishop of the Württemberg regional church after Theophil Wurm , Martin Haug , Erich Eichele , Helmut Claß and Hans von Keler.
After a relatively short term of six years, he retired on April 1, 1994. Theo Sorg died the day before his 88th birthday.
honors and awards
- The Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen honored Theo Sorg on June 6, 1990 with the award of an honorary doctorate (D.) in Protestant theology.
- The state of Baden-Württemberg awarded him the Baden-Württemberg Medal of Merit on April 30, 1994 .
- The Catholic Church awarded him the Martinus Medal in 1994 .
Theo Sorg was married to Ruth Sorg, née Fink. The couple had four children.
- What Christians believe in, the Apostles' Creed explains for our time. Calwer, Stuttgart c 2010, ISBN 978-3-7668-4183-4 .
- In a large space. Balance of a bishop, Quell-Verlag, Stuttgart 1993, ISBN 3-7918-1993-3 .
- The church - a house made of living stones: Report by Regional Bishop D. Theo Sorg before the Württemberg Evangelical Regional Synod on November 23, 1992 in the Hospitalhof in Stuttgart , ed. on behalf of the Evangelical High Church Council, Office for Information, Evangelical Church in Württemberg, Imatel Mediengesellschaft, Stuttgart 1992 .
- In the Word, Christ walks through the land. Sermons , Verlag Junge Gemeinde, Stuttgart 1990, ISBN 3-7797-0323-8 .
- Christ trust, renew community, contribution to missionary church growth in the People's Church, Calwer, Stuttgart 1987, ISBN 3-7668-0822-2 .
- In private. Pastoral talks (= sowing library , volume 6). Aussaat-Verlag, Wuppertal 1961, .
- Theo Sorg in the Munzinger Archive , accessed on in: Internationales Biographisches Archiv 31/2003 from July 21, 2003 ( beginning of the article freely available)
- Literature by and about Theo Sorg in the catalog of the German National Library
- Works by and about Theo Sorg in the German Digital Library
- Theo Sorg in the German biography
- Theo Sorg celebrates his 75th birthday . Evangelical Church in Germany , March 8, 2004
- Altlandesbishop Theo Sorg has died . Evangelical Church in Württemberg , March 10, 2017, accessed on March 10, 2017.
- Württemberg Altlandesbishop died at the age of 87 . idea.de, March 10, 2017.
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||German Protestant theologian, pastor and regional bishop|
|DATE OF BIRTH||March 11, 1929|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Nierstein|
|DATE OF DEATH||March 10, 2017|
|Place of death||Blaubeuren|