Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

8765 W. Higgins Rd.
Chicago, IL 60631
United States

Attesting Officer
Lauren Gioe
Member-at-large


41.9871006, -87.845918


The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) was organized April 30-May 3, 1987, in Columbus, Ohio, bringing together the 2.25 million-member American Lutheran Church, the 2.85 million-member Lutheran Church in America, and the 100,000-member Association of Evangelical Lutheran Churches.
The ELCA is, through its predecessors, the oldest of the major U.S. Lutheran churches. In the mid-17th century, a Dutch Lutheran congregation was formed in New Amsterdam (now New York). Other early congregations were begun by German and Scandinavian immigrants to Delaware, Pennsylvania, New York and the Carolinas.
The first Lutheran association of congregations, the Pennsylvania Ministerium, was organized in 1748 under Henry Melchior Muhlenberg. Numerous Lutheran organizations were formed as immigration continued and the United States grew.
In 1960, The American Lutheran Church (ALC) was created through a merger of an earlier American Lutheran Church, formed in 1930, the Evangelical Lutheran Church, begun in 1917, and the United Evangelical Lutheran Church started in 1896. In 1963 the Lutheran Free Church, formed in 1897, merged with the ALC.
In 1962, the Lutheran Church in America (LCA) was formed by a merger of the United Lutheran Church in America, formed in 1918, with the Augustana Evangelical Lutheran Church, begun in 1860, the American Evangelical Lutheran Church, founded in 1872, and the Finnish Evangelical Lutheran Church or Suomi Synod, founded in 1891.
The Association of Evangelical Lutheran Churches arose in 1976 from a doctrinal split within the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.
The ELCA, through its predecessor church bodies, was a founding member of the Lutheran World Federation, the World Council of Churches, and the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA.
The church is divided into 65 geographical areas called synods. These 65 synods are grouped into nine regions for mission, joint programs and service.


Full Communicants Average Attendance Other Members Total Inclusive Members Total Churches Membership Calculation Method
1998
3,840,136
0
1,338,089
5,178,225
10,862
1997
3,844,169
0
1,340,886
5,185,055
10,889
1996
3,838,750
0
1,342,160
5,180,910
10,936
1995
3,845,063
0
1,345,426
5,190,489
10,955
1994
3,849,692
0
1,349,356
5,199,048
10,973
1993
3,861,418
0
1,351,367
5,212,785
11,023
1992
3,878,055
0
1,356,513
5,234,568
11,055
1991
3,890,947
0
1,354,230
5,245,177
11,074
1990
3,898,478
0
1,342,261
5,240,739
11,087
1989
3,909,302
0
1,329,496
5,238,798
11,067
1988
3,931,878
0
1,319,656
5,251,534
11,120
1987
3,952,663
0
1,335,567
5,288,230
11,133
Serving Churches Retired Other Service to the Church Total Clergy
1998
9,646
5,335
2,608
17,589
1997
9,695
0
0
17,510
1996
9,778
0
0
17,402
1995
9,819
0
0
17,425
1994
9,826
0
0
17,322
1993
9,741
0
0
17,455
1992
9,893
0
0
17,416
1991
9,929
0
0
17,426
1990
10,083
0
0
17,402
1989
10,125
0
0
17,246
1988
10,083
0
0
16,083
1987
9,843
0
0
17,052
Total Schools Staff Pupils Total Individuals
1998
8,913
134,280
814,455
948,735
1997
8,658
0
0
940,048
1996
9,308
0
0
1,016,593
1995
9,357
0
0
1,028,498
1994
9,438
0
0
1,052,570
1993
9,569
0
0
1,081,094
1992
9,549
0
0
1,060,606
1991
9,639
0
0
1,113,033
1990
10,054
0
0
1,160,694
1989
9,810
0
0
1,155,276
1988
10,125
0
0
1,166,059
Total Benevolences Total Financials Total Giving Local Expenses Method
1998
$209,000,000
$2,030,000,000
$1,820,000,000
1997
$201,000,000
$1,930,000,000
$1,730,000,000
1996
$191,000,000
$1,820,000,000
$1,630,000,000
1995
$188,000,000
$1,740,000,000
$1,550,000,000
1994
$187,000,000
$1,690,000,000
$1,500,000,000
1993
$188,000,000
$1,640,000,000
$1,450,000,000
1992
$190,000,000
$1,590,000,000
$1,400,000,000
1991
$186,000,000
$1,560,000,000
$1,380,000,000
1990
$184,000,000
$1,500,000,000
$1,320,000,000
1989
$182,000,000
$1,420,000,000
$1,240,000,000
1988
$170,000,000
$1,320,000,000
$1,150,000,000
1987
$170,000,000
$1,250,000,000
$1,080,000,000