Statement of Needs
STATEMENT OF NEEDS
In 1963 the ‘Register of Needs’ was compiled as a mutual programme by the regional Protestant churches and the Free Churches. Its focus is the promotion of various programmes and projects of churches and their representative bodies, both global and continental. Funds come from the EKD's member churches and the Free Churches.
The ‘Statement of Needs’ has the following priorities:
Worldwide Partners: In this area, mission-related programmes of the global church bodies such as the World Council of Churches, the Lutheran World Federation and the World Communion of Reformed Churches are promoted.
A further important sponsorship area is the World Bible Society, and the support of youth and young adult associations.
Theological Formation: Only through qualified education and formation and further training of the laity, clergy and teaching profession can the local churches and the ecumenical community meet both the local and global challenges of the present in a suitable way. This area of sponsorship therefore receives additional resources from the Church Development Service.
Continental Partners and Topics: Here the short- and medium-term plans of a wide range of our partners are in the foreground; for example ecumenical encounters, programmes on Christian-Muslim dialogue, and many others.
Through this support our partners and others should be enabled to respond to new ecclesiastical and missionary issues, but also to ecumenical challenges.
Public Relations and Education in Germany: Insights and experiences from across the worldwide mission should be so processed that they contribute to the strengthening of the common missionary responsibility of our parishes and churches i Germany.
The publications of the EMW fall for example under this department, as well as conferences on missionary and ecumenical topics, and educational events within this thematic area.
2013 Financial Balance Sheet
The balance in the Register of Needs amounted to 5,623 million euros, around 80,000 euros more than for the previous year’s budget, due to returned funds from unrealized projects or unutilized funding.
The additional means benefited the focus area of “Continental partners and themes” above all, in that individual projects of ecumenical sponsors received the chance of funding.
Additionally, we were able to marginally increase support to the always centrally important area of theological education.
The EMW works continuously at improving the handling of projects.
In the development of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation (PME) tools, we invest equally in personal capacity as well as in training and improvement of standards.
These are not meant to be directed solely at partner oversight, but rather, much more, at a mutual attainment of what can be angst-ridden project goals, via precise planning, accompaniment and evaluation (if necessary also through authorized third parties).
Financial Balance Sheet 2013:
The EMW’s work with the Register of Needs is detailed in the publication "Der Reichtum des Teilens" ("The Riches of Sharing"), which can be ordered from the EMW or downloaded here from the website.
It encompasses an overview of the assistance programmes, alongside individual examples of the range of support of worldwide missionary activities.
STATEMENT OF NEEDS 2013
Expenditure by Programme Area
Public Relations and Education: 174.848
Continental Partners and Themes: 520.157
Theological Formation: 2.127.380
World Council of Churches: 730.000
Lutheran World Federation: 855.000
World Communion of Reformed Churches: 120.000
World Bible Society: 700.000
WSCF (World Student Christian Federation): 205.000
WAYMCA (World Alliance of YMCAs): 23.000