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Evangelical Church in Germany

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The Evangelical Church in Germany (German Evangelische Kirche in Deutschland, abbreviated as EKD) is a federation of 24 Lutheran, Reformed and United churches in their respective regions.

The German term evangelisch corresponds to the English term Protestant rather than to the narrower direct translation evangelical, since it is a federation of different Protestant churches, rather than one evangelical church.

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Federative Principles

German Protestant church structures are based on federal principles at all levels. Each local church is responsible for Christian life in its own area, while each regional church has its own special characteristics and retains its independence. The Church carries out joint tasks with which its members have entrusted it.

Central Governing Bodies

The Church has the following governing bodies, all organised and elected on democratic lines:

  • Synod
  • Council
  • Church Conference

They are responsible for fulfilling the Church's tasks as laid down in its constitution.

The 24 Member Churches

Northern Germany

In Northern Germany, the major religion is Protestantism, the Reformed branch in the very northwest, and the Lutheran branch in most of the rest. These are the EKD member churches:

Central Germany

Southern Germany

While the majority of Christians in Southern Germany is Catholic, there are also strong Protestant churches in Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg (about 50%), due to the large population of these states.

See also

External link

de:Evangelische Kirche in Deutschland

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