Survey Shows 70.5 Million Members in LWF-Affiliated Churches

Survey Shows 70.5 Million Members in LWF-Affiliated Churches
Slight Increase Globally with Growth in Africa and Asia


GENEVA, 14 March 2012 (LWI) – The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) member churches continued to show slight growth globally in 2011, according to statistics gathered by the LWF Communion Office.

The 145 churches belonging to the LWF, ten recognized congregations and one recognized council in 79 countries had a combined total of 70,514,046 members,an increase of 205,752 or 0.3 percent over the previous year.

A one-page summary of the 2011 LWF statistics as well as full membership details can be downloaded in PDF format
at: http://www.lutheranworld.org/lwf/index.php/statistics-2011.html

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