Evangelical Church in Germany
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Evangelical Church in Germany

Logo of the Evangelical Church in Germany.
NameEvangelical Church in Germany
CaptionLogo of the Evangelical Church in Germany.
Main ClassificationProtestant
PolityA federation of 22 regional and denominational churches that practise their own forms of church governance, the Reformed churches typically practise a mixture of Presbyterian and Congregationalist church governance whilst the Lutheran churches typically practise an Episcopal form of church governance, these are all united with each other under the one united EKD synod.
Founded Date1948
AssociationsWorld Council of Churches,
Community of Protestant Churches in Europe
Members24.5 million

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The Evangelical Church in Germany ( , abbreviated EKD) is a federation of 22 Lutheran, Reformed and United Protestant regional church bodies in Germany. The EKD is not a church in a theological understanding because of the denominational differences. However, the member churches (Gliedkirchen) share full pulpit and altar fellowship. The EKD has a membership of 24.832 million parishioners or 30.2% of the German population (status 31.12.2007). Membership rates fell in 2008 to 24.515 million parishioners or 29.9% by the end of 2008.

Only one member church (the Evangelical Reformed Church) is not restricted to a certain territory. In a certain way, the other member churches resemble dioceses of the Anglican or Roman Catholic churches from an organisational point of view. However, the member churches of the EKD are independent with their own theological and formal organisation. Most member churches are led by a (state) bishop. One of the regional leaders is elected Council Chairman (Ratsvorsitzender) of the EKD by the Synod and Church Conference. All regional churches of the EKD are members of the Community of Protestant Churches in Europe.

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