06.11.20 | News, Press Reports

"Free for the future"

EMS sets the course for the coming years

“The coming weeks and months will show how an international and globally active mission society such as the EMS learns how to handle an international and worldwide crisis,” says Church Council member Klaus Rieth, Chair of the EMS Presidium and Head of the Department for Mission, Ecumenism and Development at the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Wuerttemberg. “The right decisions were made at the start of the crisis – aid for those who needed it most; solidarity in times of confinement and national self-restriction; communication with each other instead of self-isolation.”

The international Mission Council and the General Meeting of the Evangelical Mission in Solidarity (EMS) will convene starting next Monday, 9th November 2020. The General Meeting will be attended by 51 delegates from 23 member churches and five mission societies in Africa, Asia and Europe which form the EMS association. Two years after the scheduled elections for the three-member Presidium, Mission Council, Finance Committee and Nominations Committee, the sessions will take place for the first time online due to Covid-19 restrictions.

The Mission Council and the General Assembly will deliberate on the EMS future strategy for the coming six years under the slogan “For freedom Christ has set us free” (Galatians 5:1). The EMS intends to continue expanding its international programmes and increase its participation in the member churches. An important part of the EMS work takes place in international networks, such as the Youth Network, the Women’s Network or the project leader network. Over the coming years, this work will be extended to include other areas, such as children and youth work.

The EMS represents a solidary community spanning three continents which stands together in difficult times. The members of the EMS understand mission as a Gospel message that instils courage and hope. This is a jointly held commitment within the EMS and will be strengthened in the coming years. “All of us in the EMS will emerge differently from this crisis,” says Klaus Rieth describing the prospects. “Before, we believed in the reign of our Lord Jesus Christ and we will continue to do so during and after the crisis. He will guide us!”

Press contact: Regina Karasch-Böttcher, Karasch@dont-want-spam.ems-online.org, Tel. +49 711 636 78 85, Mobile +49 178 6200052

Information: Dr. Dieter Heidtmann, Heidtmann@dont-want-spam.ems-online.org, Tel. +49 711 636 78 21, Mobile +49 1520 8607600