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149 congregations

109,786 baptized members

Partner synods: Caribbean, Slovak Zion

Companion Synod

Northern Evangelical Lutheran Church in India

McFarland Lutheran Church is a member congregation of the South Central Synod of Wisconsin of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The South Central Synod of Wisconsin exists in partnership with the churchwide organization (ELCA) to assist congregations and members to:

Worship God through Word and Sacrament and through lives of prayer, praise, and thanksgiving;
Nurture one another in the Word of God and grow in faith and commitment to Jesus Christ; and
Give our life joyfully in witness and service

Get more information about the South Central Synod of Wisconsin and our Synod Bishop and staff.

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McFarland Lutheran Church is a member congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) Working together we seek to live in God’s amazing grace.

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How the E.L.C.A. Came to Be

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America resulted from a union of three North American Lutheran church bodies: The American Lutheran Church, the Association of Evangelical Lutheran Churches and the Lutheran Church in America.

The three churches agreed to unite in 1982. They formed a 70-member Commission for a New Lutheran Church, which planned the merger. The plan was approved by church conventions in 1986, and the ELCA constituting convention was held April 30-May 3, 1987, with the church actually beginning operations on January 1, 1988.

The ELCA meets in assembly every two years; at its 2001 Churchwide Assembly it elected its third bishop, The Rev. Mark S. Hanson, who was re-elected at the 2007 Churchwide Assembly held August 6-12 in Chicago.



Baptized Members: 4,850,776

Communing and Contributing Members: 2,256,700

Congregations: 10,549

Synods: 65 in nine geographic regions

Members of Color:

African-American/Black: 54,354

American Indian/Alaska Native: 7,095

Arab/Middle Eastern: 1,779

Asian/Pacific Islander: 21,950

Latino/Hispanic: 39,157

Multiethnic: 12,261

Other: 11,096


Clergy: 17,694 (3,140 female; 570 people of color) Associates in Ministry: 1,082 (867 female; 215 male; 18 people of color)

Diaconal Ministers: 105

Deaconesses: 62

Missionaries: approx. 270 adult missionaries serving in over 48 countries, of which 79 are self-funded volunteers

Campus Pastors and Ministries: 185 campus ministry sites supported by synod and/or churchwide funds

Federal Chaplains: Approximately 706

(383 Retired Military, 96 Armed Forces Active Duty, 183 Reservists,

37 Veterans Affairs, 7 Federal Bureau of Prisons)


Chaplaincy, Pastoral Counseling and Clinical Education: Approximately 965 ecclesiastically endorsed ordained and lay rostered people serve in the areas such as general health care, correctional, substance abuse, long term care chaplaincy and clinical education ministry.


Theological Seminaries and Deaconess Community:

8 Seminaries

2 Seminary Extension Centers

1 Deaconess Community

Colleges and Universities: 28


14 High Schools

296 Elementary Schools

1573 Early Childhood Programs

Social Ministry Organizations:

280 parent corporations, providing service to 6 million people in 3,000 communities, and serving one in 50 Americans every year Camps and Retreat Centers: 145, serving 450,000 yearly (summer programs 175,000, retreats and conferences 275,000)

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