Central Western Europe

Churches in different contexts. Diakonia and advocacy. Sustaining Lutheran communion.

Opportunities and challenges for Holistic Mission

The Lutheran communion in Central Western Europe bears witness to its holistic mission in secular and pluralistic societies, positioning itself as an equal actor among others in civil society. It brings Christian values into the dialogue on the sustainability of European society, particularly concerning economic, social and environmental challenges. LWF member churches bring the expertise and commitment of youth into this debate.

The region has a strong commitment to communion relationships, working to see how its commitment to LWF programs can remain relevant to the area, while maintaining close relations to sister churches in Central Eastern Europe.

The economic crisis poses questions for the Lutheran communion across Europe around how to share resources, act in solidarity with sister churches and work together as a communion on the continent.

A special challenge is networking among smaller non-German member churches in the region to bring their interests and challenges to the common agenda.

Communion Relationships

Relationships in the Central Western European region are being strengthened in three ways:

  • Regular meetings of the German National Committee and its sub-committees
  • Renewal of the network of smaller Western European churches
  • Thematic processes like the European Diaconal Process “Seeking conviviality. Re-forming community diakonia in Europe”

Minority Church Context 

In Western Europe, all member churches outside Germany are minority churches. There are also smaller churches in Germany. One church with small membership on a global level has its headquarters in Western Europe - The Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church abroad.

Around 400 people, including 50 pastors, participated in a silent march in support of Rev. Ulrich Gampert who has been fined for providing church asylum to a young Afghan refugee. Photo: Dekanat Kempten/Jutta Martin

Around 400 people, including 50 pastors, participated in a silent march in support of Rev. Ulrich Gampert who has been fined for providing church asylum to a young Afghan refugee. Photo: Dekanat Kempten/Jutta Martin

A volunteer welcomes 40 people from Lebanon at Charles de Gaulle airport on Monday, January 29, 2018. Families and individuals will be living in different regions, depending on reception possibilities. Photo: Jean-Michel Hitter/FEP

A volunteer welcomes 40 people from Lebanon at Charles de Gaulle airport on Monday, January 29, 2018. Families and individuals will be living in different regions, depending on reception possibilities. Photo: Jean-Michel Hitter/FEP

Participants in the "People on the Move" workshop visit the Augustanaho housing project and ecumenical center in Amsterdam. Photo: Holger Lux

Participants in the "People on the Move" workshop visit the Augustanaho housing project and ecumenical center in Amsterdam. Photo: Holger Lux

Church services and events on Reformation Day 2018 in Germany seek to deepen the respect and tolerance for different confessions, religions and worldviews in the society. Photo: LWF/Marko Schoeneberg

The LWF Center Wittenberg offers a pivotal LWF presence in the historic city of Wittenberg, Germany, site of the Reformation in 1517.

Vice-President Pröpstin Astrid Kleist. Photo: LWF/A. Danielsson

Pröpstin Astrid Kleist

Evangelical Lutheran Church in Northern Germany
Rev. Dr Ireneusz Lukas, Regional Secretary for Europe. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay

Rev. Dr Ireneusz Lukas

19
member churches
19 of the LWF’s 148 member churches are located in Central Western Europe
13.7m
Christians
Member churches in region represent over 13.7 million Christians
7
countries
Member churches are located in eight countries in Central Western Europe
5
diaconal actors
Four member churches from region represented in European Diaconal Process