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

(Source: National Council of Churches' Yearbooks)




Change Over Time

  Clergy Congregations Members
2001-2010
+430
(+5.1%)
-29
(-0.5%)
-261,459
(-10.3%)
1991-2010
+538
(+6.4%)
+794
(+14.8%)
-328,723
(-12.6%)
1925-2010
+5,865
(+191.5%)
+2,309
(+60%)
+1,649,891
(+262.4%)

Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS) Trend Data
(1925-2010)
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Year Clergy Congregations Members
2010
8,927
6,158
2,278,586
2009
9,357
6,178
2,312,111
2008
9,010
6,123
2,337,349
2007
8,901
6,167
2,383,084
2006
8,601
6,155
2,417,997
2005
8,502
6,144
2,440,864
2004
8,515
6,151
2,463,747
2003
8,515
6,160
2,488,936
2002
8,505
6,142
2,512,714
2001
8,497
6,187
2,540,045
2000
8,257
6,150
2,554,088
1999
8,365
6,220
2,582,440
1998
8,316
6,218
2,594,404
1997
8,672
6,215
2,603,036
1996
8,215
6,099
2,601,144
1995
8,140
6,154
2,594,555
1994
8,879
6,148
2,596,927
1993
8,844
6,134
2,598,935
1992
8,799
5,369
2,609,905
1991
8,389
5,364
2,607,309
1990
8,301
5,296
2,602,849
1989
8,271
5,990
2,609,025
1988
8,193
5,939
2,604,278
1987
8,139
5,912
2,614,375
1986
8,044
5,897
2,630,588
1985
7,954
5,876
2,638,164
1984
7,823
5,812
2,628,133
1983
7,682
5,829
2,630,947
1982
7,559
5,752
2,630,823
1981
7,376
5,710
2,636,715
1980
7,296
5,694
2,625,650
1979
7,211
5,689
2,623,181
1978
7,161
5,669
2,631,374
1977
7,163
5,687
2,673,321
1976
7,414
5,832
2,757,271
1975
7,425
5,797
2,763,545
1974
7,331
5,813
2,769,594
1973
7,316
5,777
2,776,104
1972
7,174
5,741
2,781,297
1971
7,041
5,724
2,788,110
1970
6,866
5,690
2,788,536
1969
6,758
5,745
2,786,102
1968
6,719
5,733
2,781,892
1967
6,572
5,707
2,759,308
1966
6,469
5,647
2,729,897
1965
6,395
5,639
2,692,889
1964
6,257
5,556
2,650,857
1963
6,091
5,519
2,591,762
1962
5,756
5,432
2,522,095
1961
5,658
5,276
2,464,436
1960
5,506
5,215
2,391,195
1959
5,398
5,109
2,304,962
1958
5,299
5,028
2,234,844
1957
5,178
4,979
2,150,230
1956
5,037
4,989
2,076,550
1955
5,020
4,805
2,004,110
1954
4,916
4,701
1,932,000
1953
4,817
4,592
1,850,100
1951
4,661
4,478
1,728,989
1950
4,621
4,430
1,674,901
1946
0
4,064
1,469,213
1944
0
4,073
1,356,655
1941
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4,326
1,320,510
1939
---
4,205
1,277,097
1935
3,605
4,224
1,230,705
1929
3,271
3,942
696,967
1925
3,062
3,849
628,695
Data Sources

Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS) 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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