Welcome to the Lutheran-Protestant Church in Esslingen
The Lutheran-Protestant Church in Esslingen is part of the Protestant Church in Württemberg (Württembergische Landeskirche) as well as part of the worldwide Church of Christ. The church district of Esslingen (Deanary) located on both sides of the river Neckar, consists of 22 Parishes with some 58,000 church-members, 38 ministers and 12 deacons.
Esslingen is a center of diaconal services including social work, youth work and church music, which is supported by employees and many volunteers. All of our work ist financed by the national church tax and donations. Esslingen has been a historical center of Christianity in our region since the 7th and 8th century. The foundation of an early, very-small church bulding from this time can be seen in the excarvations under the present church of St. Dionysius with its twin towers, in the heart of the old town of Esslingen.
In medieval times, Esslingen was a center of trade (with wine playing a major role) and the pilgrimages to the St. Dionysius church. Wealthy merchants and monasterial culture had a strong impact on its urban life. Esslingen became an independant imperial city (Freie Reichstadt) in the 12th century and protestant in 1531. The reformation was introduced by Ambrosius Blarer and some years later the town council adopted the Lutheran Confession with the four „sola“: God’s word, Jesus Christ, Grace and Faith. In our parishes we ask how God’s word can be preached authentically in today's language. We ask for communion not only with other protestant churches in Europe and globally, but also with catholic and orthodox churches. We are working towards a more ecumenical relation and unity amongst our chruches in order to proclaim the Gosple together.
Text: Christoph Bäuerle, Pfarrer der Stadtkirchengemeinde Esslingen