Church of the Lutheran Confession

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Denominational Profile

Notes

The Church of the Lutheran Confession was organized in 1960 at Watertown, South Dakota, by congregations and clergy who had formerly belonged to the various Lutheran denominations that had comprised the Synodical Conference, a Lutheran ecumenical body. With the loss of doctrinal unity within the conference, they felt compelled to leave.

Membership Data

Year Clergy Churches Members
1972 70 69 9,490
1973 71 68 9,616
1974 71 68 9,667
1975 74 72 9,790
1976 77 74 9,817
1977 78 72 9,688
1978 75 72 9,316
1979 73 72 9,340
1980 73 72 9,426
1981 74 70 9,210
1982 74 67 8,986
1983 71 66 8,898
1984 74 67 8,863
1985 79 67 8,910
1986 78 68 8,852
1987 78 67 8,717
1988 72 67 8,655
1989 77 69 8,738
1990 82 69 8,753
1991 82 70 8,722
1992 77 70 8,798
1993 82 69 8,718
1994 80 71 8,864
1995 82 70 8,783
1996 89 72 8,958
1997 85 74 8,768
1998 86 72 8,628
1999 86 72 8,631
2000 90 75 8,671
2001 94 76 8,643
2002 89 77 8,492
2003 90 77 8,390
2006 90 87 8,390

Data were taken from the National Council of Churches' Historic Archive CD and recent editions of the Yearbook of American and Canadian Churches. Denomination descriptions provided by Dr. J. Gordon Melton, Director, Institute for the Study of American Religion (ISAR). [More information on data sources]