Evangelical Lutheran Synod

Evangelical Lutheran Synod

6 Browns Court
Mankato, MN 56001
United States

Attesting Officer
Rev.John A. Moldstad
President


Media Contact
Pres., John A. Moldstad

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The Evangelical Lutheran Synod had its beginning among the Norwegian settlers who brought with them their Lutheran heritage. The synod was organized in 1853. It was reorganized in 1918 by those who desired to adhere to the synod's principles not only in word but also in deed.
The synod owns and operates Bethany Lutheran College and Bethany Lutheran Theological Seminary. It has congregations in 20 states and maintains foreign missions in Peru, Chile, India, Korea, the Czech Republic, Latvia, and Ukraine. It operates a seminary in Lima, Peru and in Ternopil, Ukraine.


Full Communicants Average Attendance Other Members Total Inclusive Members Total Churches Membership Calculation Method
2010
15,301
8,679
4,093
19,394
132
2009
15,672
8,873
4,196
19,868
131
2008
15,672
8,809
4,105
19,777
130
2007
15,734
8,901
4,211
19,945
131
2006
16,319
9,481
4,240
20,559
138
2004
16,407
9,647
4,574
20,981
140
2003
16,674
0
4,373
21,047
140
2001
16,815
9,996
4,518
21,333
141
1999
16,734
9,901
5,269
22,003
139
1998
16,897
0
5,367
22,264
139
1997
16,444
0
5,645
22,089
136
1996
16,511
0
5,535
22,046
135
1995
16,543
0
5,828
22,371
135
1994
15,960
0
9,419
25,379
128
1993
15,780
0
5,713
21,493
125
1992
15,929
0
5,596
21,525
126
1991
16,004
0
5,343
21,347
126
1990
16,181
0
5,449
21,630
128
1989
15,740
0
5,804
21,544
125
1987
15,892
0
5,562
21,454
123
1986
15,082
0
4,856
19,938
120
1985
15,012
0
4,838
19,850
116
1984
15,396
0
4,750
20,146
112
1983
15,576
0
4,980
20,556
111
1982
15,165
0
4,860
20,025
110
Serving Churches Retired Other Service to the Church Total Clergy
2010
108
30
35
173
2009
111
29
30
170
2008
106
27
33
166
2007
106
24
25
155
2006
108
23
37
168
2004
132
26
16
174
2003
125
0
0
166
2001
0
39
109
28
1999
100
25
39
177
1998
100
24
32
176
1997
96
0
0
166
1996
106
0
0
166
1995
121
0
0
161
1994
112
0
0
159
1993
107
0
0
155
1992
111
0
0
151
1991
97
0
0
151
1990
100
0
0
148
1989
108
0
0
144
1987
93
0
0
130
1986
96
0
0
128
1985
92
0
0
122
1984
83
0
0
111
1983
83
0
0
106
1982
75
0
0
101
Total Schools Staff Pupils Total Individuals
2010
108
460
1,908
2,368
2009
108
435
1,909
2,344
2008
111
448
2,002
2,450
2007
110
475
2,133
2,608
2006
118
483
2,148
2,631
2004
119
487
2,166
2,653
2003
116
0
0
2,802
2001
128
606
2,607
3,213
1999
124
579
2,778
3,357
1998
126
595
3,015
3,610
1997
125
0
0
3,601
1996
0
0
0
3,629
1995
118
0
0
4,059
1994
116
0
0
5,114
1993
135
0
0
3,558
1992
125
0
0
5,119
1991
116
0
0
3,845
1990
116
0
0
3,926
1989
112
0
0
3,794
1987
106
0
0
3,690
1986
104
0
0
3,483
1985
109
0
0
3,483
1984
105
0
0
3,602
1983
92
0
0
3,448
1982
97
0
0
3,576
Total Benevolences Total Financials Total Giving Local Expenses Method
2010
$1,118,086
$14,960,758
$13,842,672
2009
$1,648,567
$15,919,860
$14,271,293
2008
$1,070,176
$16,635,281
$14,565,105
2007
$1,365,828
$16,104,636
$14,738,808
2006
$1,306,478
$16,412,280
$15,105,802
2004
$1,522,715
$13,330,743
$11,808,028
2001
$1,246,189
$12,607,444
$11,361,255
1999
$1,129,969
$11,192,869
$10,062,900
1998
$1,120,386
$10,483,512
$9,363,126
1997
$1,150,419
$10,087,522
$8,937,103
1996
$1,104,996
$9,241,191
$8,136,195
1995
$1,084,136
$14,196,621
$13,112,485
1994
$1,195,698
$8,484,219
$7,288,521
1993
$1,100,660
$8,166,976
$7,066,316
1991
$1,030,445
$7,687,783
$6,657,338
1990
$1,193,789
$7,720,865
$6,527,076
1989
$1,342,321
$7,528,969
$6,186,648
1987
$1,082,198
$6,381,080
$5,298,882
1986
$1,028,974
$5,970,891
$4,941,917
1985
$791,586
$5,517,369
$4,725,783
1984
$864,714
$5,512,428
$4,647,714
1983
$838,788
$4,681,413
$3,842,625
1982
$804,822
$4,572,799
$3,767,977
1981
$716,624
$4,178,011
$3,461,387
1980
$851,308
$4,006,112
$3,154,804