Facts and Figures
Statistical survey of the Lutheran World Federation membership worldwide
This page summarizes results from the 2019 Facts and Figures which includes LWF member churches and associate member churches, and recognized churches, congregations, and recognized councils. Statistics are based on data received late May 2020.
Statistics of Lutheran World Federation member churches and associates based on data received late May 2020.
Facts and Figures
Largest percentage of Lutheran population
The Nordic Countries
The Member churches in the Nordic Countries have the highest percentage of Lutherans, ranging from 58-75% of the population.
Country with the largest number of Lutherans
With 10.8 million LWF members, Germany is the country with the largest number of Lutherans
Largest Member Church
The Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus with over 10 million members is the largest LWF member church.
The First Member Church to join LWF ?
Lutheran World Federation (LWF), international cooperative agency of Lutheran churches, organized at Lund, Swed., in 1947. It developed from the Lutheran World Convention, which held conventions in 1923, 1929, and 1935. The effectiveness of the Lutheran World Convention during the war years was hampered because it had no constitution or defined organization. At the Lund conference in 1947 the Lutheran World Convention was reorganized into the Lutheran World Federation and a constitution was adopted.
The Lutheran World Convention (LWC) was founded by the National Lutheran Council and the Allgemeine Evangelisch-lutherische Konferenz to coordinate international Lutheran relief efforts after World War II and to promote Lutheran fellowship and cooperation throughout the world. John A. Morehead (1867-1936) was instrumental in its organization and served as executive committee chair (1923-1929) and president (1929-1935). The LWC's successor, the Lutheran World Federation, was established in 1947.
The Newest Member Church to join LWF?
The Christ Lutheran Church (India), The United Evangelical Church in Cuba, The Augustinian Lutheran Church of Guatemala
The three churches joined the LWF in 2018
The least Member Churches in a region
There are only two Member Churches in the LWF North America region
The most Member Churches in a region
There are 55 Member Churches in the LWF Asia region