Augustana Synod

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Denominational Profile

History

 

Augustana Synod (1860)

merged intoLutheran Church in America (1962)

The Augustana Synod originated in 1851 when the Synod of Illinois was established by Lutheran immigrants in the Midwest. Around 1860 the Swedish and Norwegian elements in the Illinois Synod withdrew and formed the Scandinavian Augustana Synod.

Membership Data

Year Clergy Churches Members
1925 792 1,204 215,705
1929 805 1,185 228,818
1935 846 1,163 333,367
1939 - 1,189 340,171
1941 - 1,126 352,571
1943 - 1,123 373,163
1946 - 1,121 408,565
1947 - 1,121 408,565
1949 982 1,136 440,244
1951 982 1,121 465,062
1952 1,033 1,131 479,510
1953 1,049 1,196 493,085
1954 1,127 1,158 510,116
1955 1,157 1,169 529,602
1956 1,196 1,177 549,604
1957 1,231 1,242 576,189
1958 1,275 1,186 582,560
1959 1,296 1,200 596,147
1960 1,333 1,207 608,289
1961 1,353 1,219 619,040

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]