We train

In the BEFG volunteers and employed staff build church life together. In order for them to have a theological and practical foundation for their varied tasks, the Union provides training and further education for both groups.

Elstal Theological Seminary is the state-approved college of the Union for training ministers and deacons. Students can obtain bachelor and master degrees in Evangelical Theology or a master degree in Free-Church Social Work.

Elstal Academy develops and coordinates training programmes for staff and volunteers in congregations. In Elstal and elsewhere it offers seminars and trainings on worship service and church practice, leadership and church development, theology and society, mission and integration, pastoral care and psychology as well as family and generations. The Academy is a forum for discourse, interaction and networking.