U.S. Membership: Trends
The following tables and charts provide trend data on membership, congregations and clergy for Evangelical Lutheran Church in America available on the ARDA.
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Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Trend Charts -- Click on a point to see data

(Source: National Council of Churches' Yearbooks)




Change Over Time

  Clergy Congregations Members
2001-2010
-435
(-2.5%)
-771
(-7.2%)
-825,022
(-16.2%)
1991-2010
-168
(-1%)
-1,079
(-9.7%)
-970,322
(-18.5%)

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Trend Data
(1987-2010)
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Year Clergy Congregations Members
2010
17,258
9,995
4,274,855
2009
17,609
10,348
4,542,868
2008
17,660
10,396
4,633,887
2007
17,619
10,448
4,709,956
2006
17,655
10,470
4,774,203
2005
17,665
10,549
4,850,776
2004
17,725
10,585
4,930,429
2003
17,666
10,657
4,984,925
2002
17,706
10,721
5,038,006
2001
17,693
10,766
5,099,877
2000
17,651
10,816
5,125,919
1999
17,611
10,851
5,149,668
1998
17,589
10,862
5,178,225
1997
17,510
10,889
5,185,055
1996
17,402
10,936
5,180,910
1995
17,425
10,955
5,190,489
1994
17,322
10,973
5,199,048
1993
17,455
11,023
5,212,785
1992
17,416
11,055
5,234,568
1991
17,426
11,074
5,245,177
1990
17,402
11,087
5,240,739
1989
17,246
11,067
5,238,798
1988
16,083
11,120
5,251,534
1987
17,052
11,133
5,288,230
Data Sources

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Members:
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).


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