A lively region between the capital and Lutherstadt Wittenberg
The Evangelical Church District of Zossen-Fläming is one of the 33 regional districts of the United Church of Berlin, Brandenburg, and Silesian Upper Lusatia (EKBO), a member church of the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD). Our church is part of the mainline Lutheran and Presbyterian tradition going back to Germany’s former state churches and the origins of the Reformation.
A lively region between the capital and Lutherstadt Wittenberg The Church District stretches from the southern city limits of Berlin across the Dahme lake district to the Spreewald. On the western side, it borders on the High and Low Fläming. The centre of the Reformation, Lutherstadt Wittenberg, lies about 30 kilometres southwest of the church district boundary. The east-west and north-south distances are each about 80 kilometres, which is more than the neighbouring capital city can offer in terms of area.
The area is predominantly rural, interspersed with many villages, small and medium-sized towns such as Zossen, the Paul Gerhardt town of Mittenwalde, the district town of Luckenwalde or Dahme/Mark and the medieval Jüterbog.
What we believe
We believe that Christian faith is trust in God’s grace as Jesus preached it and as he demonstrated it through his life and death. Faith is less about insisting upon the truth of immutable doctrines and more about finding and forging a living relationship with God. Our faith teaches us that God loves and accepts us regardless of what we accomplish or achieve. Our church is a church for everyone – every age, every background, every income level, every gender; for the devout and the doubtful; for those who need help and for those called to give it. Our faith is nourished through prayer, singing, preaching, and celebrating the sacraments. It is strengthened through our work in the community. Through the bonds we forge with one another, we are empowered to guide each other, ask critical questions of our faith, and refresh and renew it over and over again.
Church life and work
In addition to the parishes, the district also includes Protestant kindergartens, two primary schools and a social welfare organisation. The church district is also assigned to the Berlin-Süd administrative office.
Our work in congregational life and beyond is described on these pages. Governance In keeping with the principles of the reformation, the governance of the district is democratically organized. The governing body of the district is the District Synod, which meets twice a year, and the District Council conducts the day-to-day business of the district.
Both the Synod and the Council are elected from ordinary church members, ordained ministers, and non-ordained church staff. The District Synod elects representatives to the Church Synod, the highest governing body of the EKBO.