The EMS is supported by six churches in Germany: the Protestant Church in Baden, the Protestant Church in Hesse and Nassau, the Evangelical Church of Kurhessen-Waldeck, the Protestant Church of the Palatinate, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Württemberg and the Moravian Church, known in Germany as the "Herrnhuter".
The German churches have long become recipients in the network of missionary collaboration beyond borders. Firstly many of the younger churches in Asia, Africa and the Middle East still bring fresh winds of change. Being Christian is expressed with greater decisiveness and invitation outside Europe. There, "mission" has a mainly positive meaning. Meanwhile, people from former missionary regions have migrated in great numbers to Europe and want to find out where their church homes are.
On their part, the churches in Germany notice that their experience is still in great demand internationally. Theological and church training is at a high level. Welfare and social fields of activity are very interesting for young churches. The churches in Germany are close to the events of the reformation in the 16th century, which is the date of origin of all member churches of the EMS.
In Germany and Switzerland there are also five missionary associations which are members of the EMS family. The Secretariats of the Basel Mission German Branch (BMDZ), the Evangelical Association for the Schneller Schools (EVS) and the German East Asia Mission (DOAM) are integrated in the business processes of the EMS. On the other hand, the Basel Mission (BM) and the Mission Association of the Moravian Church in Germany work from Basel and Bad Boll respectively.
The fact that not only churches but also associations are members in the EMS shows one thing clearly: mission and Christian world responsibility grow from the grass roots. Since the 18th century, Protestant citizens have collaborated with great success to spread the gospel, promote education and health care and support the rights and well-being of people in other countries. The member associations of the EMS have continued this work to this day. They offer space for commitment and participation.