Church Office

The day-to-day business of the Council, the Synod and the Church Conference is conducted by the EKD Church Office. For certain areas which require constant guidance and support, such as environmental issues, alternative service (for objectors to military service), sport, prison chaplaincy, television, films, unemployment etc., special commissioners are appointed by the Council. In order to draw up statements, memoranda, etc., the Council has set up advisory commissions and boards made up of experts from church and public life (such as the Advisory Commissions for Public Responsibility, Social Order, Theology and Issues of Faith, Young People, and Education).

The EKD's administrative work is carried out at its central office, the Church Office, in Hanover. The Constitution describes its functions as follows:

The Church Office is the official place of business for the Council. The Church Office carries out the administrative work of the EKD and manages the day-to-day affairs of the Council in accordance with church legislation and the guidelines and instructions of the Council. The Church Office is especially responsible for assisting the Synod and the Church Conference in fulfilling their tasks ..., functioning as a secretariat and acting as the executive office for the advisory commissions and boards ..."

The Church Office is divided into four main departments:

  •  Administration and Church Life
  • Legal Matters and Finance
  • Public Responsibility and Education
  • Ecumenical Relations and Ministry Abroad

In their turn these main departments are divided into a total of eight departments with a varying number of desks in each. Some special areas do not fall under any of the main departments, but are directly under the President of the Church Office, such as the Press Office/Public Relations Desk and the Desk for Equal Opportunities.

The EKD Church Office is headed by an Executive Group chaired by the President of the Church Office. The members of this body are the heads of the departments and permanent guests (without the right to vote).



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