Evangelical Lutheran Church

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Denominational Profile

History

Norwegian Lutheran Church

renamed toEvangelical Lutheran Church (1946)

merged intoAmerican Lutheran Church (1960-1987)

Membership Data

Year Clergy Churches Members
1946 - 2,432 686,739
1949 1,648 2,707 813,837
1950 1,593 2,501 825,466
1951 1,612 2,503 854,949
1952 - - 88,634
1953 1,705 2,460 900,536
1954 1,924 2,444 940,580
1956 1,869 2,468 1,021,058
1957 1,953 2,482 1,058,722
1958 2,005 2,473 1,092,866
1959 2,242 2,482 1,125,867

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]