About the ELCA

St. Paul’s is a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).

The ELCA was born from the union of three North American Lutheran church bodies

  • American Lutheran Church (ALC)
  • Association of Evangelical Lutheran Churches (AELC)
  • Lutheran Church in America (LCA)

The churchwide body began official operations on January 1, 1988, and today there are more than four million baptized members, with about half of those active communing and contributing members.

There are more than 10,000 congregations in 65 synods in nine geographic regions. There are more than 17,000 clergy, more than 20% of whom are women and nearly 600 of whom are people of color.

ELCA churches are liturgical churches, following the church year from Advent through Christmas and Epiphany, Lent and Easter, and the long season of Pentecost. In 2007 a new hymnal, Evangelical Lutheran Worship (a.k.a. The Cranberry Book, named after its colorful cover) was introduced into the ELCA providing a diverse selection of hymns and exciting new liturgies, all with the goal of dynamic worship.

The ELCA supports missions around the world and is connected to a global network of Lutheran ministry.

The Bible readings and news feeds on this web site are provided as a service of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

To learn more about the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, visit www.elca.org.