Evangelical Lutheran Synod

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Denominational Profile

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The Evangelical Lutheran Synod was formed at Lake Mills, Iowa, in 1918 by a group of forty pastors and laymen who declined to enter the merger of other Norwegian Lutherans, deciding instead to establish an independent synod. The name Norwegian Synod of the American Evangelical Lutheran Church was adopted. The present name was assumed in 1957.

Membership Data

Year Clergy Churches Members
1925 39 48 4,583
1929 55 70 5,400
1935 47 65 7,917
1939 - 65 8,631
1941 - 65 8,777
1943 - 70 8,853
1946 - 69 9,367
1950 63 69 10,376
1953 68 73 11,625
1955 71 80 12,872
1957 66 80 13,605
1958 63 80 14,004
1959 61 77 14,302
1963 52 75 14,608
1966 54 84 15,798
1967 55 84 15,628
1969 56 88 16,017
1970 60 87 15,663
1971 63 89 16,202
1972 63 89 16,179
1973 67 96 17,321
1974 71 98 17,804
1976 83 106 19,571
1977 88 108 19,634
1978 92 108 19,705
1979 94 110 20,044
1980 98 109 19,885
1981 97 108 19,795
1982 101 110 20,025
1983 106 111 20,556
1984 111 112 20,146
1985 122 116 19,850
1986 128 120 19,938
1987 130 123 21,454
1989 144 125 21,544
1990 148 128 21,630
1991 151 126 21,347
1992 151 126 21,525
1993 155 125 21,493
1994 159 128 25,379
1995 161 135 22,371
1996 166 135 22,046
1997 166 136 22,089
1998 176 139 22,264
2000 178 138 21,729
2001 28 141 21,333
2002 177 138 21,442
2003 166 140 21,047
2004 174 140 20,981
2005 173 138 20,429
2006 168 138 20,559
2007 155 131 19,945
2008 166 130 19,777
2009 170 131 19,868

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]