Conservative Lutheran Association

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Denominational Profile

History

World Confessional Lutheran Association

renamed toConservative Lutheran Association (1980)

 

The Conservative Lutheran Association (CLA) was formed in 1980 by Lutherans Alert, an organization founded in 1965 by a group of pastors and lay people who were concerned about trends in the American Lutheran Church and other synods that they felt were contrary to the historical beliefs and confessions of Lutheranism. The group was originally known as World Confessional Lutheran Association.

Membership Data

Year Clergy Churches Members
1981 16 6 2,245
1983 24 11 2,028
1983 17 9 2,332
1984 22 12 1,710
1985 20 11 1,483
1987 27 12 1,530
1995 20 8 1,076
1997 22 6 1,438
1999 23 5 1,313
2000 25 5 1,262
2001 26 5 1,267
2002 29 3 1,267

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]