"Night of the churches“: a cultural event In the Ludwigskirche in Saarbrücken.
Local Church Congregations
Diversity with a common mission
Local congregations are structures that are
very much alive. Whether in the countryside, in the city, within institutions,
or a group of individuals, each congregation has its own distinctive profile.
The central elements
that come within the domain of the life of the local parish – worship, pastoral
care, social work, education and fellowship – all of these can take very
different forms. Where one local
church is at the moment offering a special involvement with children, another
one may perhaps be focusing on church music, whilst a third one is
concentrating on being a “reliably open church” in the city (emblem awarded for
churches that guarantee to be open for visitors during the week).
A few years later the
key focus may easily be set to something different, as each living congregation
changes according to the people who belong to it. Together with the worldwide
Christian community, the local congregation is moving forward as part of the
wider Church and at the same time, as part of society, it is involved in
social, economic, cultural and political developments.
Continuity in diversity
is our common mission: to “send out the message of the free grace of God to all
people” with enthusiasm and love, as was formulated in the Barmen Theological
Declaration in 1934.
The Evangelical Church
in the Rhineland aims to be a “missionary church of the
people”, concentrating on this
particular task for all those within its region.
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