The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America released their latest membership numbers a few weeks ago. The numbers show the ELCA lost 104,192 baptized members in 2016. They went from having 3,668,034 members at the end of 2015, to 3,563,842 members at the end of 2016.
The ELCA report is telling:
“As of December 31, 2016, there were 3,563,842 baptized members in the ELCA. There were 9,252 congregations organized in 65 synods in nine geographic regions.”
“As of September 15, 2017, there were 17,460 leaders on the ELCA roster including 1,228 Ministers of Word and Service and 16,232 Ministers of Word and Sacrament. In 2017, nearly 27 percent of clergy on the ELCA roster were women. In the ELCA’s seven seminaries, the numbers of women and men preparing for ministry are about equal.” (see here)
The ELCA's report from last year provides additional insight:
“As of December 31, 2015, there were 3,668,034 baptized members in the ELCA. There were 9,320 congregations organized in 65 synods in nine geographic regions.”
“As of September 15, 2015, there were 17,777 leaders on the ELCA roster including 966 associates in ministry, 59 deaconesses, 200 diaconal ministers and 16,435 ordained clergy. In 2015, 25 percent of clergy on the ELCA roster were women. In the ELCA’s eight seminaries, the numbers of women and men preparing for ministry are about equal.” (see here)
According to ELCA numbers, there are 68 fewer ELCA congregations in 2016, compared to 2015. The ELCA went from having 8 ELCA seminaries in 2015, to 7 ELCA seminaries in 2016. And there are 317 fewer ELCA leaders in the same time frame.
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