Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod

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History

 

Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (1850)

continuedWisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod

   

split into  Protes'tant Conference, The (1928)

The Wisconsin Synod began with the organization of German Lutheran immigrants in Wisconsin in the 1850s. It spread as similar synods from other states associated with it. It is among the most conservative of Lutheran bodies.

Membership Data

Year Clergy Churches Members
1925 589 662 139,226
1929 593 898 153,506
1935 632 731 231,928
1939 - 807 256,007
1942 - 745 315,560
1943 - 914 324,492
1946 - 828 288,355
1950 685 829 307,216
1951 753 830 311,477
1952 700 837 316,839
1953 790 886 322,947
1954 741 850 328,969
1956 778 858 339,106
1957 762 841 342,993
1960 727 829 235,073
1961 800 840 348,184
1962 800 846 349,981
1963 800 822 354,840
1964 789 869 358,466
1969 923 916 376,319
1970 938 967 381,321
1971 967 987 383,263
1972 995 991 385,077
1973 1,026 1,013 387,286
1974 1,041 1,031 388,865
1975 1,080 1,057 395,440
1976 1,155 1,082 399,114
1977 1,203 1,099 401,489
1978 1,241 1,116 402,972
1979 1,276 1,128 404,564
1980 1,290 1,139 407,043
1981 1,308 1,149 410,288
1982 1,349 1,151 412,529
1983 1,356 1,193 414,199
1984 1,437 1,196 415,630
1985 1,462 1,179 415,389
1986 1,497 1,180 416,493
1987 1,525 1,187 418,791
1989 1,573 1,198 419,312
1990 1,607 1,211 420,039
1993 1,641 1,220 416,886
1994 1,636 1,251 414,874
1995 1,628 1,252 412,478
1996 1,604 1,235 412,942
1997 1,648 1,240 411,295
1999 1,760 1,239 722,754
2000 1,781 1,241 721,665
2001 1,783 1,228 401,615
2002 1,806 1,250 403,345
2003 1,795 1,259 400,622
2004 1,813 1,261 400,858
2005 1,844 1,263 398,282
2006 1,857 1,276 395,947
2007 1,880 1,276 394,241
2008 1,832 1,286 390,213
2009 1,854 1,279 389,545

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]