Association of Free Lutheran Congregations

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Denominational Profile

History

Lutheran Free Church

split into  Association of Free Lutheran Congregations (1962)

 

The Association of Free Lutheran Congregations was founded in 1962 by Rev. John P. Strand and others who rejected the merger of the Lutheran Free Church into the American Lutheran Church.

Membership Data

Year Clergy Churches Members
1974 77 125 13,471
1975 77 127 14,215
1977 76 127 13,946
1978 82 132 14,400
1979 91 132 14,738
1980 97 130 14,738
1982 100 140 15,430
1983 96 145 16,759
1984 118 151 17,665
1985 120 156 18,205
1986 160 160 19,508
1987 130 186 26,509
1988 139 193 26,870
1991 170 210 27,650
1992 181 225 20,945
1993 191 230 29,848
1994 205 230 30,769
1997 207 243 32,659
1999 213 241 32,984
2000 222 245 36,400
2002 226 252 36,431
2003 223 257 39,409
2006 234 267 43,360
2007 249 274 43,428
2008 249 274 43,477
2009 277 280 44,473

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]