In 1975, Protestant churches, mission organizations and associations, while maintaining their independence, founded a mission organization in the area of the Federal Republic of Germany and West Berlin to deepen and strengthen their community in carrying out mission. Missionary societies and institutions in East Germany had already joined together in a working community in 1964 with the same objective.
After the fall of the Berlin Wall, the mission organization in West Germany and the working group in East Germany decided to carry out their missionary work together under a new name. The Association of Protestant Missions in East Germany made this decision at its extraordinary general meeting in Berlin on December 12, 1990. The Protestant Mission Society in the area of the Federal Republic of Germany and West Berlin decided to merge on September 25, 1991. This led to the founding of the Protestant Mission Society in Germany. Both sides were grateful for the new community provided as part of the ecumenical movement and wanted to share with each other their respective special experiences and spiritual insights to strengthen the common missionary responsibility of their members.
As a result of a goal-setting process, Association of Protestant Churches and Missions in Germany (EMW) will succeed the Protestant Mission Agency in Germany as a community of Protestant churches, agencies and associations in mission and ecumenism starting in 2021.