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
1981
14,904
0
4,891
19,795
108
1980
14,986
0
4,899
19,885
109
1979
15,081
0
4,963
20,044
110
1978
14,833
0
4,872
19,705
108
1977
14,652
0
4,982
19,634
108
1976
14,504
0
5,067
19,571
106
1974
13,097
0
4,707
17,804
98
1973
12,525
0
4,796
17,321
96
1972
11,532
0
4,647
16,179
89
1971
11,427
0
4,775
16,202
89
1970
11,030
0
4,633
15,663
87
1969
11,079
0
4,938
16,017
88
1967
10,783
0
4,845
15,628
84
1966
10,606
0
5,192
15,798
84
1963
0
0
0
14,608
75
1959
0
0
0
14,302
77
1958
0
0
0
1,092,866
2,473
1957
0
0
0
1,058,722
2,482
1956
0
0
0
1,021,058
2,468
1954
0
0
0
940,580
2,444
1953
0
0
0
900,536
2,460
1952
0
0
0
888,634
2,503
1951
0
0
0
854,949
2,503
1950
0
0
0
825,466
2,501
1949
576,621
0
237,216
813,837
2,707
Serving Churches Retired Other Service to the Church Total Clergy
1981
73
0
0
97
1980
82
0
0
98
1979
79
0
0
94
1978
77
0
0
92
1977
72
0
0
88
1976
70
0
0
83
1974
62
0
0
71
1973
58
0
0
67
1972
50
0
0
63
1971
50
0
0
63
1970
46
0
0
60
1969
45
0
0
56
1967
43
0
0
55
1966
43
0
0
54
1963
43
0
0
52
1959
48
0
0
61
1958
1,467
0
0
2,005
1957
1,414
0
0
1,953
1956
1,284
0
0
1,869
1954
1,310
0
0
1,924
1953
1,341
0
0
1,705
1952
1,172
0
0
1,612
1951
1,172
0
0
1,612
1950
1,159
0
0
1,593
1949
1,196
0
452
1,648
Total Schools Staff Pupils Total Individuals
1981
97
0
0
2,842
1980
99
0
0
3,631
1979
104
0
0
3,547
1978
100
0
0
3,918
1977
103
0
0
3,853
1976
100
0
0
3,999
1974
93
0
0
5,838
1973
96
0
0
4,755
1972
84
0
0
3,680
1971
79
0
0
4,381
1970
82
0
0
4,346
1969
83
0
0
4,363
1967
79
0
0
4,496
1966
77
0
0
4,566
1963
74
452
3,273
3,725
1959
73
509
3,690
4,199
1958
2,417
38,802
326,621
365,423
1957
2,373
38,146
321,216
359,362
1956
2,318
40,544
306,956
347,500
1954
2,248
36,864
276,446
313,310
1953
2,124
34,436
258,360
292,796
1951
2,362
31,839
297,089
328,928
1950
2,328
31,151
282,686
313,837
1949
2,163
27,769
221,358
249,127
1923
1,291
0
96,670
96,670
Total Benevolences Total Financials Total Giving Local Expenses Method
1979
$869,162
$3,619,865
$2,750,703
1978
$839,132
$3,468,851
$2,629,719
1977
$578,390
$2,869,087
$2,290,697
1976
$456,018
$2,571,016
$2,114,998
1975
$573,000
$2,312,255
$1,739,255
1974
$394,725
$1,914,474
$1,519,749
1973
$361,882
$1,658,208
$1,296,326
1972
$275,941
$1,414,894
$1,138,953
1971
$314,843
$1,343,472
$1,028,629
1970
$295,349
$1,264,974
$969,625
1969
$315,325
$1,319,071
$1,003,746
1964
$0
$871,100
$0
1963
$0
$740,096
$0
1962
$0
$706,146
$0
1961
$0
$627,487
$0
1960
$0
$620,536
$0
1959
$0
$579,862
$0
1958
$0
$45,366,512
$0
1957
$0
$39,096,038
$0
1956
$7,583,325
$37,070,341
$29,487,016
1955
$6,704,769
$33,312,926
$26,608,157
1954
$6,458,367
$30,313,907
$23,855,540
1953
$7,217,899
$30,486,231
$23,268,332
1952
$7,146,436
$30,154,098
$23,007,662
1951
$9,046,113
$31,963,172
$22,917,059