The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Ratings for German clergy?

A website lets members rate Germany's clergy on worship, work with seniors and youth, credibility and engagement with current issues.

Top marks are given in sheep. Site co-founder Andreas Hahn said the ratings create "an open platform for dialogue between priests and the members."

But critics of the Hirtenbarometer (shepherd barometer) said the website isn't serious and allows anonymous comments.

Although the website could be useful for a newcomer to the city, "you really need to go to a service and see for yourself," said Christiane Bertelsmann, spokesperson for Protestant churches in Berlin's city center district.


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