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

(Source: National Council of Churches' Yearbooks)




Change Over Time

  Clergy Congregations Members
2001-2010
+92
(+5.2%)
+59
(+4.8%)
-16,294
(-4.1%)
1987-2010
+350
(+23%)
+100
(+8.4%)
-33,470
(-8%)
1925-2010
+1,286
(+218.3%)
+625
(+94.4%)
+246,095
(+176.8%)

Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Trend Data
(1925-2010)
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Year Clergy Congregations Members
2010
1,875
1,287
385,321
2009
1,854
1,279
389,545
2008
1,832
1,286
390,213
2007
1,880
1,276
394,241
2006
1,857
1,276
395,947
2005
1,844
1,263
398,282
2004
1,813
1,261
400,858
2003
1,795
1,259
400,622
2002
1,806
1,250
403,345
2001
1,783
1,228
401,615
2000
1,781
1,241
721,665
1999
1,760
1,239
722,754
1997
1,648
1,240
411,295
1996
1,604
1,235
412,942
1995
1,628
1,252
412,478
1994
1,636
1,251
414,874
1993
1,641
1,220
416,886
1990
1,607
1,211
420,039
1989
1,573
1,198
419,312
1987
1,525
1,187
418,791
1986
1,497
1,180
416,493
1985
1,462
1,179
415,389
1984
1,437
1,196
415,630
1983
1,356
1,193
414,199
1982
1,349
1,151
412,529
1981
1,308
1,149
410,288
1980
1,290
1,139
407,043
1979
1,276
1,128
404,564
1978
1,241
1,116
402,972
1977
1,203
1,099
401,489
1976
1,155
1,082
399,114
1975
1,080
1,057
395,440
1974
1,041
1,031
388,865
1973
1,026
1,013
387,286
1972
995
991
385,077
1971
967
987
383,263
1970
938
967
381,321
1969
923
916
376,319
1964
789
869
358,466
1963
800
822
354,840
1962
800
846
349,981
1961
800
840
348,184
1960
727
829
235,073
1957
762
841
342,993
1956
778
858
339,106
1954
741
850
328,969
1953
790
886
322,947
1952
700
837
316,839
1951
753
830
311,477
1950
685
829
307,216
1946
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828
288,355
1943
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914
324,492
1942
---
745
315,560
1939
---
807
256,007
1935
632
731
231,928
1929
593
898
153,506
1925
589
662
139,226
Data Sources

Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod 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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