Church of the Lutheran Brethren of America

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Denominational Profile

Notes

The Church of the Lutheran Brethren of America was founded in 1900 by a group of Norwegian-American Lutherans under the leadership of the Rev. Kurt O. Lundeberg.

Membership Data

Year Clergy Churches Members
1925 23 28 1,000
1929 23 27 1,000
1935 20 27 2,010
1937 - 31 2,140
1940 - 28 2,250
1947 - 35 2,821
1950 - 45 4,089
1951 40 45 4,089
1952 58 40 3,929
1954 79 42 3,959
1955 110 39 4,150
1956 63 52 3,250
1957 51 44 4,220
1958 94 50 4,771
1959 95 51 5,889
1962 97 - -
1963 - 63 6,947
1964 104 65 8,204
1965 80 76 7,975
1966 95 67 5,795
1967 113 71 7,768
1968 118 82 7,968
1970 111 87 8,950
1971 114 90 8,960
1972 119 97 9,010
1973 124 100 9,000
1977 126 100 9,530
1978 154 95 9,192
1979 143 103 10,267
1980 134 106 10,523
1981 116 106 10,153
1982 136 106 10,580
1983 135 109 10,997
1984 137 110 11,006
1985 148 108 11,374
1986 184 118 11,778
1987 173 104 11,360
1988 202 128 13,695
1989 195 114 12,625
1990 207 111 12,220
1992 207 110 12,182
1993 234 120 12,527
1994 233 119 25,548
1995 209 118 24,906
1996 225 117 13,442
1997 233 117 13,530
1998 238 115 13,682
1999 230 115 13,920
2000 230 115 13,920
2001 145 108 13,702
2002 229 108 13,702
2004 216 108 13,763
2005 219 107 14,223
2006 222 110 14,427
2008 219 116 14,752
2009 223 -9,999,106 13,433

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]