The Evangelical Lutheran Church of America

The Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA) is a theologically liberal, Protestant Christian denomination. It was formed in 1988 as the result of a union of three North American Lutheran church bodies: The American Lutheran Church, the Association of Evangelical Lutheran Churches and the Lutheran Church in America.  The denomination’s 2008 membership was approximately 4,633,000 members with over 10,000 churches in the United States.

The ELCA participation in the FACT project included a survey of 1000 churches randomly chosen from a listing of all Evangelical Lutheran congregations in the United States. A total of 832 questionnaires were returned for a 83.2% response rate. View the version of the questionnaire used by The Evangelical Lutheran Church of America.

If you are interested in obtaining specific information about the results of the ELCA survey, please get in touch with their contact person Kenn Inskeep at [email protected].

You can read the press release they have distributed related to the 2000 ELCA Faith Communities Today survey. Additionally, the ELCA has distributed the following articles and survey results: (These documents are in .pdf format.)

Worship Attendance in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America An article written by Kenneth W. Inskeep and Jeffrey L. Drake

FACT Survey Results for the ELCA

Denominational Identity in the ELCA: A Comparison with the ECUSA, UCC, Southern Baptists, Nazarenes and the UUA An article written by Kenneth W. Inskeep and Jeffrey L. Drake

If you would like to know more about the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, visit the denomination's official web site at

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