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Evangelische Missionswerk in Deutschland (EMW)

The Association of Protestant Churches and Missions in Germany (EMW) is a fellowship of Protestant churches – whether members of the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD) or Free Churches –, mission departments and associations supporting missionary, ecumenical and development cooperation between Christians in Germany and churches overseas.

The EMW has close working relations
with partners in all continents such as global ecumenical bodies as there are:
■ the World Council of Churches (WCC), the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) and the World Community of Reformed Churches (WCRC)
■ continental, regional and national Church Councils and Christian Conferences
■ churches and church organisations
■ grass-root organisations and actors in civil society.

Cooperation in World Mission: Regional Desks
Working together for God’s mission calls for intensive dialogue with partners. The EMW has a number of regional desks responsible for relations with partners in various parts of the world and different areas of activity:
■ the Desk for Africa/Middle East,
■ the Desk for Latin America, and
■ the Desk for Asia/Pacific
They coordinate the work between Christians in Germany and churches and organisations overseas. They organize mutual visits, consultations and meetings to promote North-South exchange and make the voices and concerns of partners heard in Germany.

EMW‘s support for the partners
Funds from German churches are channelled via EMW to support mission programmes run by partners such as the World Council of Churches, World Bible Society, the Christian Conference of Asia and others. One major focus is on supporting theological education overseas.
Many smaller ecumenical organisations, Christian youth networks or projects aimed at improving inter-religious dialogue are assisted by EMW.

The Theological Education and Studies Desk
This desk provides accompaniment and support for ecumenical theological seminaries, colleges and associations of educational institutions in Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, the Pacific and Asia.
It stipulates debates on mission and contextual theology, inter-religious dialogue and ecumenical issues.

Service for EMW Members
EMW facilitates discussion, mutual exchange and cooperation between its members, organisations and churches worldwide.
It administers „The Statement of Needs“ whereby German regional Churches fund divers programmes and project worldwide. EMW represents its members
at the German federal Government and counsels its members on legal matters.

Studies and Public Relations
EMW promotes interest in and a commitment to mission and to the worldwide Church among churches in Germany. Focussing on networking with
the world Christianity. EMW enriches church life in Germany with the experience and insight of Christians in other countries and promotes ecumenical dialogue worldwide.
EMW produces publications on mission and contextual theology, inter-religious dialogue, ecumenical issues, teaching material, series of books focusing on individual countries and areas, development issues and background information for those working on ecumenical topics.

  • Motifs from the current calendar of the Missionswerke. Please order here.

  • Motifs from the current calendar of the Missionswerke. Please order here.

  • Motifs from the current calendar of the Missionswerke. Please order here.

Our tasks

Association of Protestant Churches and Missions in Germany (EMW) gives support to its members and associates in various ways in the exercise of their tasks pertaining to their collaboration with Christians and churches overseas, a collaboration which is worldwide, ecumenical, and developmentally directed.

As a professional body, the EMW offers opportunities to get advice and coordination for assignments, projects, and programmes. Technical discussions, consultations, and ad hoc working groups bring together the skills of our members and associates, and make the competencies of the EMW useful and accessible for all members. These tasks are specially organized by the regional and technical department of the EMW office. Additionally, the EMW offers legal advice to its members, and represents their concerns to the Federal Government, amongst others.

Of special significance for the churches are the continental Councils of Churches in Africa, Asia, the Pacific, Latin America, and the Middle East, with which the EMW works closely. One focus area lies in financial support for common facilities of the churches, for example in the areas of theological education and programmes for inter-faith dialogue.

While the financial means for programmes and projects are mainly raised by the regional and free churches, and managed through the so-called ‘Statement of Needs’, the administrative budget of the EMW office is financed through our members.

The work of EMW members is characterized by a special closeness to their ecclesiastical roots: for decades they have been promoting collaboration between parishes at home and parishes overseas, and have maintained long and stable relationships with the churches, thereby enabling theological exchanges throughout the worldwide ecumenical community. The specific promotion of programmes and projects are supported by numerous parishes and groups.

A special task of the EMW is to promote the commitment to missionary and ecumenical work in the German churches and the general public. In collaboration with our members, publications on various countries or topical themes as well as Work Guides are produced, which, like the German magazine EineWelt, are in huge demand.

As an umbrella body, the EMW is a partner of ecumenical organizations such as the Lutheran World Federation , the World Communion of Reformed Churches , and the World Council of Churches .


Partner agreements