Diakonie in Germany is an organized association. In a leading position, there´s the federal association, the Protestant institution for Diakonie and Development registered association in Germany, based in Berlin. There is one Diakonie institution connected to each federal church. Thus, the responsibilities comply, with only a few exceptions, not to the federal state, but to the corresponding area of each federal church. So this is why there are several Diakonie institutions in one federal state - because there are several federal churches as well.
Diakonie of the Evangelical-Lutheran church in Bavaria, the regional association of the Bavarian Diakonie, is located in Nuremberg. It represents its more than 1300 members to politics, church, health insurances and other funding agencies, media, the public in general and other partners.
Additionally to the branch office in Nuremberg and the external branch in Munich, Diakonie Bavaria is represented in almost every deanery. The "district offices" of Diakonie Bavaria co-ordinate local social and welfare offers, provide the interlinking of church and Diakonie and also represent the member´s political aims and concerns.
The members of Diakonie Bavaria are the legal owners of their institutions and parishes - so they are no natural persons. Their sizes vary from a small Diakonie office with only a few employees to a large Diakonie association with many thousand employees. In a recurrent general meeting the members elect a Diakonie board, the supervisory body of Diakonie Bavaria. The Diakonie board then again appoints the President and the executive board of the state association.