ELCA at 4.5 million members in 2009; income at $2.6 billion


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The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) reported a baptized membership of 4,543,037 in 10,348 congregations in 2009.  The information is based on an analysis of membership and income data by the ELCA Office of the Secretary and ELCA. 

 Total receipts for ELCA congregations exceeded $2.6 billion for 2009, down 2.94 percent from 2008, according to the report.  However, reported total assets of ELCA congregations actually grew in 2009 by 1.2 percent to $20.9 billion, the report said.  Funds held in endowments and memorials also increased to almost $1.2 billion in 2009.  Average giving per baptized member grew 2.8 percent in 2009 to $492, the ELCA secretary reported. 

Read the full release: http://www.elca.org/Who-We-Are/Our-Three-Expressions/Churchwide-Organization/Communication-Services/News/Releases.aspx#&&a=4602

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