German Partnership

Learn how we’re partnering with the Evangelical Church in Westphalia, Germany to create a global community

We believe that getting outside your comfort zone to build new relationships can be so good for individuals and congregations alike. The Indiana-Kentucky Conference UCC (IKC UCC) maintains a long-standing partnership with the Evangelical Church of Westphalia (EKvW) that provides a foundation for meaningful cultural exchange.


The IKC-EKvW Partnership Working Group has several goals:

  • Recruit adult and youth participants for the Young Ambassadors program
  • Coordinate hosting throughout the Indiana-Kentucky conference area for visiting Young Ambassadors
  • Provide hospitality for German guests, including pastors, lay persons, and church staff, visiting the region for conferences, sabbaticals, etc.
  • Support participants from IKC UCC in the annual UCC Forum in Westphalia

We meet monthly by conference call and in-person 3-4 times per year either at the conference office or in homes around the Indianapolis area.

Each year in the fall there is a United Church of Christ and Evangelical Church in Westphalia collaborative forum. This forum alternated, year to year, between the United States and Germany. The primary American partners are the Indiana-Kentucky and Heartland Conferences of the UCC; our regional German partners are the Evangelical Church of Westphalia (which is a state in Germany, a church region that roughly corresponds to a UCC Conference). Speakers from all parties are present at the Forum and we enjoy workshops and community building. Check back for information about the upcoming Form in the fall of 2022.

This ministry is currently guided by Rev. John Krueger.

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