Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada

Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada

600-177 Lombard Ave
Winnipeg MB R3B 0W5
Canada

Attesting Officer
Faye Schultz
Executive Assistant


49.896489, -97.137537


The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada was organized in 1985 through a merger of The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Canada (ELCC) and the Lutheran Church in America—Canada Section.

The merger is a result of an invitation issued in 1972 by the ELCC to the Lutheran Church in America—Canada Section and the Lutheran Church—Canada. Three-way merger discussions took place until 1978 when it was decided that only a two-way merger was possible. The ELCC was the Canada District of the ALC until autonomy in 1967.

The Lutheran Church in Canada traces its history back more than 200 years. Congregations were organized by German Lutherans in Halifax and Lunenburg County in Nova Scotia in 1749. German Lutherans, including many United Empire Loyalists, also settled in large numbers along the St. Lawrence and in Upper Canada. In the late 19th century, immigrants arrived from Scandinavia, Germany and central European countries, many via the United States. The Lutheran synods in the United States have provided the pastoral support and help for the Canadian church.


Full Communicants Average Attendance Other Members Total Inclusive Members Total Churches Membership Calculation Method
2006
174,555
46,391
0
174,555
623
2002
142,865
46,391
56,371
199,236
623
1999
138,857
47,480
55,058
193,915
631
1995
141,921
0
56,830
198,751
650
1993
143,729
0
55,880
199,609
652
1992
146,365
0
57,572
203,937
656
1991
148,630
0
57,557
206,187
656
1989
149,373
0
56,491
205,864
655
1988
150,189
0
57,960
208,149
652
1986
0
0
0
210,718
654
1985
152,024
0
55,650
207,674
653
1984
59,226
0
23,450
82,676
314
1983
60,244
0
24,501
84,745
314
1982
59,875
0
24,125
84,000
314
1981
59,585
0
23,934
83,519
324
1980
59,457
0
23,955
83,412
321
1979
58,974
0
24,084
83,058
321
1978
57,961
0
24,104
82,065
317
1977
56,750
0
24,374
81,124
317
1976
55,948
0
25,640
81,588
318
1975
55,375
0
26,670
82,045
318
1974
54,659
0
27,451
82,110
319
1973
53,743
0
28,323
82,066
319
1972
53,386
0
29,314
82,700
320
1971
52,768
0
30,506
83,274
318
Serving Churches Retired Other Service to the Church Total Clergy
2006
485
289
92
866
2002
485
289
92
866
1999
406
252
128
856
1995
455
0
0
855
1993
481
0
0
854
1992
483
0
0
858
1991
486
0
0
859
1989
485
0
0
849
1988
485
0
0
817
1986
477
0
0
792
1985
476
0
0
744
1984
214
0
0
332
1983
207
0
0
322
1982
200
0
0
310
1981
199
0
0
306
1980
202
0
0
299
1979
198
0
0
288
1978
193
0
0
284
1977
177
0
0
270
1976
198
0
0
337
1975
182
0
0
263
1974
180
0
0
258
1973
175
0
0
252
1972
168
0
0
241
1971
168
0
0
242
Total Schools Staff Pupils Total Individuals
2006
447
2,142
15,784
17,926
2002
447
2,142
15,784
17,926
1999
389
0
14,868
15,257
1995
443
0
0
22,773
1993
419
0
0
23,403
1992
465
0
0
25,425
1991
475
0
0
25,715
1989
514
0
0
30,267
1988
540
0
0
32,254
1985
250
0
0
31,335
1984
265
0
0
16,508
1983
257
0
0
14,313
1982
168
0
0
14,937
1981
212
0
0
12,987
1980
242
0
0
14,887
1979
244
0
0
15,681
1978
237
0
0
16,294
1977
251
0
0
16,480
1976
262
0
0
18,844
1975
272
0
0
19,776
1974
272
0
0
20,497
1973
274
0
0
21,774
1972
281
0
0
21,969
1971
285
0
0
23,746
1970
296
0
0
24,631
Total Benevolences Total Financials Total Giving Local Expenses Method
2002
$7,518,028
$61,270,705
$52,343,354
1999
$7,502,256
$59,407,907
$51,905,651
1995
$6,783,217
$54,609,875
$47,826,658
1993
$7,063,624
$57,763,652
$50,700,028
1992
$7,453,561
$54,495,622
$47,042,061
1991
$5,759,192
$53,709,785
$47,950,593
1989
$7,976,763
$50,080,483
$42,103,720
1988
$9,005,339
$47,467,397
$38,462,058
1986
$8,878,747
$46,028,967
$37,150,220
1985
$2,737,381
$17,000,500
$14,263,119
1984
$2,805,782
$17,083,180
$14,277,398
1983
$2,468,620
$13,433,801
$10,965,181
1982
$2,372,608
$13,521,480
$11,148,872
1981
$2,142,175
$11,417,730
$9,275,555
1980
$2,072,176
$11,423,190
$9,351,014
1979
$1,604,821
$10,128,495
$8,523,674
1978
$1,706,192
$9,198,119
$7,491,927
1977
$1,674,020
$8,690,530
$7,016,510
1975
$1,315,294
$6,522,070
$5,206,776
1974
$1,034,078
$5,180,217
$4,146,139
1973
$642,304
$4,410,145
$3,767,841
1972
$582,535
$4,483,386
$3,900,851
1971
$555,269
$3,878,033
$3,322,764