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American Lutheran Conference (1930 - 1954) - Religious Group

Religious Family: Lutheran
Religious Tradition: Unclassified
Description: The American Lutheran Conference was a short-lived ecumenical body founded in 1930, soon after the formation of the American Lutheran Church (1930-1960), built to aid the formation of what became the American Lutheran Church (1960-1987).
Official Site: Not available

American Lutheran Conference, Trends (1931 - 1937)1

YEAR MEMBERS MINISTERS CHURCHES
1931 936,626
1933 1,387,294 6,120
1935 1,436,226 4,187 6,146
1937 1,441,348 6,001
       

Sources

1 All data on clergy, members, and churches are taken from the National Council of Churches’ Historic Archive CD and recent print editions of the Council’s Yearbook of American and Canadian Churches. The CD archives all 68 editions of the Yearbook (formerly called Yearbook of the Churches and Yearbook of American Churches) from 1916 to 2000. Read more information on the Historic Archive CD and the Yearbook.

Membership figures are "inclusive." According to the Yearbook, this includes "those who are full communicant or confirmed members plus other members baptized, non-confirmed or non-communicant." Each denomination has its own criteria for membership.

When a denomination listed on the Historic Archive CD was difficult to identify, particularly in early editions of the Yearbook, the ARDA staff consulted numerous sources, including Melton’s Encyclopedia of American Religions and the Handbook of Denominations in the United States. In some cases, ARDA staff consulted the denomination’s website or contacted its offices by phone. When a denomination could not be positively identified, its data were omitted.

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