General education activities primarily serve the development of an individual’s personality and the accrual of (more) sovereign world relations, i.e. they do not aim at formal degrees or admission certifications.Confessional activities in the GDR were carried out by and within the following institutions: Evangelical Academies, Centres of Advanced Qualification and Retreat Homes, Youth Employment Agencies, Protestant Art Services, Workshops, Bible Weeks and Distance Learning Courses, German Evangelical Church Congresses and some specific seminars that were conducted for decades. Institutions in the realm of media work included press officers, editorial offices, publishers, bookstores, a film review service, film services, sound and image production offices as well as the Centres for Pastoral Media Resources. Excluding the media sector, the GDR counted with 100 confessionally bound forms of religious, cultural and political general education, either within or outside of formal instutitions. In the media sector, there were 81 institutions, media or other forms of work in the four‐and‐a‐half decades of the GDR’s existence. Our diachronic analysis shows that in the Soviet Occupation Zone in 1945, immediately after the end of the war, there were 14 institutions, media and other forms of work in the realm of education we investigated. In 1949, the year the GDR was founded, we counted 71 and at the end of the GDR 141. Thus, the size of the denominational general education and media sector had doubled in the four decades of the GDR’s existence – despite all obstruction or missing support from government agencies.