Community stretching between Emmerich and Saarbrücken
The Evangelical Church in the Rhineland (EKiR) is made
up of 719 parishes, organised in 38 church districts. 2.65 million members belong to the local
church congregations of the Rhineland Church.
The region covered by the Church
stretches between Emmerich and Saarbrücken, including parts of the four federal
states of North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate, Hesse and the Saarland.
The Regional Church – which is the second largest of the 20 regional member
churches of the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD) – is a community made up of
the local church parishes and the church districts.
The highest level governing
body is the Regional Synod, which normally meets once a year for a week. During
the year decisions are taken by its executive board (Praesidium) consisting of
fifteen people, recognised as the church leadership. It is chaired by the
Church President, who is the highest representative of the Church and its senior
minister. The staff of the Regional Church Office in Düsseldorf do the work
needed to service the church leadership.
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