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Who We are

Boldly sharing Christ, passionately making disciples, and faithfully doing justice.

As Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) Christians, we have a radical focus on God’s unconditional love. We believe that the word of the God is Jesus Christ himself, with a second understanding that the message of Jesus Christ is also the word of God.

The ELCA looks to the Bible for authority in its preaching and teaching, yet does not take a literalist approach to scripture.

We celebrate the sacraments of baptism and the Lord’s supper–external signs instituted by Christ that convey God’s grace and mercy. The ELCA is an inclusive and ecumenical church and seeks relationships with other religious traditions.

We are part of the ELCA, a church body that consists of 4 million baptized members, worshiping in nearly 10,000 congregations within 65 synods in 9 geographic regions.

  • One of 65 Synods
  • One of six synods in Region 9 (Southeast U.S.)
  • One of 28 Reconciling in Christ synods
  • Divided into 15 Conferences
  • Baptized Members (2016):  52,295
  • Total Congregations:
    • 171 organized
    • 1 under development
    • 7 synodically authorized worshipping communities
  • Partnership Synod:
    • Metropolitan Chicago Synod
  • Companion Churches:
    • Lutheran Church in Guyana
    • Evangelical Lutheran Church in Suriname
    • Lutheran Church in Haiti
    • United Lutheran College of the West Indies-Jamaica
    • Evangelical Church of the Lutheran Confession in Cuba
  • Pastors (Word & Sacrament):
    • Active:  189
    • Retired: 227
  • Deacons (Word & Service):
    • Active:  19
    • Retired: 10
  • Candidates for Rostered Ministry: 29
Synodical and Churchwide Assembly

Synod Assembly
2018 – June 1-3: Embassy Suites, Kissimmee

2019–June 6-8, Embassy Suites, Kissimmee

ELCA Churchwide Assembly
August 5-10, 2019 – Milwaukee, WI

2018 Conference on Ministry:
November 5-7: Life Enrichment Center, Leesburg


ELCA Churchwide Offices
(800) 638-3522 or (773) 380-2700

Portico (Board of Pensions)
(800) 352-2876, Fax: 612-334-5399

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(800) 328-4648