Mission Statement & Values


Credible and reliable partner for the city of Karlsruhe

In our view, our mandate for the city of Karlsruhe has been summarized in the following Bible verse: “Seek the welfare of the city (…) and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare (Jeremiah 29,7)”. This has been and still is the maxim of all Protestant city missions in the world and also in Karlsruhe.

In cooperation with its staff, the Protestant City Mission of Karlsruhe has defined 6 values, we all wish to live in private and when dealing with others: 

  • reliability
  • commitment
  • fairness
  • team mindedness
  • professionalism
  • credibility 

These 6 values of the Protestant City Mission of Karlsruhe correspond to the Christian ethics as well as to universal moral values. A large number of young and older team members in various stages of their employment situation and lives have agreed on these values among numerous concepts to be the base they share. 

And the Protestant City Mission of Karlsruhe is confident that these values are best lived by knowing that eventually they are based on God’s love for men. The Protestant City Mission of Karlsruhe communicates its Christian mission to care for people and gains its strength therefrom. This benefits both, the people commended to us as well as our team members. 


Our four basic principles

The City Mission of Karlsruhe has decided to accept the challenges of competition because it fulfils salvific functions in this city.

In this context, the four basic principles of Christian social ethics are the maxim for the organization’s inward and outward orientation and presentation:

Personality, i.e. each individual human being 

  • is a thought of God, which God thinks only once (out of love) (Augustine)
  • comes with inalienable dignity as a creature and is made in the image of God 
  • is unique and distinctive
  • is free and capable of and required to assume the responsibilities for their own actions
  • is by nature oriented towards other human beings and fellowship
  • is purpose and not expedient to others


 Subsidiarity, i.e. individuals as well as social groups are entitled and obliged to 

  • settle their own affairs independently
  • make use of guidance and governance as subsidiary assistance instead of being subjected to command and authority
  • promote and (re)gain their own competence and improve it or themselves 


Solidarity, i.e. every human being 

  • has a right to enjoy the solidarity of stronger ones to manifest their inalienable dignity
  • is obliged to only make use of the solidarity of stronger ones to extent required
  • experiences human fellowship and confidence and sense in all this by lived solidarity 


Universality, i.e. these principles 

  • equally apply to all people, team members and employees,  volunteers and executives
  • are anthropological constants that apply at all times
  • apply across all cultural and ethnical boundaries
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