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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.



In 2008 25 mission agencies, churches and church-based organisations joined EMW in its endevour to remind Christians in Germany: “Yes, we’ve got a mission”. The campaign „mission.de“ provided 13 brochures and workbooks which were produced under the leadership of EMW.

All the material was available printed and online. After 3 years the website www.mission.de was turned into a database where pastors and teachers, clergy and lay persons alike, can find prayers, sermons, articles, information, music, material to be used in churches services, parish activities, sunday schools and class rooms settings. Regularly new material - all ready-to-use - is uploaded.

Around 4 keywords the campaign was designed:

*The world-wide fellowship of Christians –
inspired and many-voiced *

A world-wide Christian community exists, because it is God’s will.
It is united through His love which is shown to us by Christ.
We want to pass this message on to others a message that liberates and inspires.
We hear the many voices raised in faith as a gift helping us in this mission.

On a journey as partners – together and in solidarity

Christian churches are on a journey as partners in the mission to the whole world, because it is God’s will. His Spirit opens our eyes for the joys and the needs of our sisters and brothers.
Thus we learn to support each other, to strengthen each other, to debate even controversial matters and to find answers to critical questions. We can depend upon each other even in difficult situations.

To meet other people - with respect and commitment

Because our world needs reconciliation, we want to overcome religious, cultural and political barriers. Encounters between people who are different widen horizons. But there may be conflicts, too.
A genuine dialogue results if everyone shares his or her own opinion in mutual respect. This will transform people, communities, and the world.

To strive for world-wide justice – in a critical and committed way

Because our world needs to be healed, we strive for justice. Where globalisation destroys people’s livelihoods, we want to take up our responsibility and change our ways if neccessary.
We side with people who are discriminated, marginalized and excluded and speak out for the right of all to a life of dignity.
For God’s sake.

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