American Association of Lutheran Churches

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Denominational Profile

History

American Lutheran Church (1960-1987)

split into  American Association of Lutheran Churches (1987)

 

The American Association of Lutheran Churches was formed by conservative Lutheran ministers and lay people who did not wish to participate in the merger that created the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in 1988.

Membership Data

Year Clergy Churches Members
1988 80 78 15,150
1993 164 94 22,061
1995 109 91 17,973
1996 131 90 19,629
1997 144 90 18,704
1998 141 103 19,128
1999 141 101 18,252
2004 187 84 25,908
2006 187 73 26,537
2007 116 70 16,000
2008 120 70 16,000

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]