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LWF: Nearly 68.5 million strong

In 2008, membership reported by churches belonging to the Lutheran World Federation rose by 161,792 to reach 68,484,091.

While Africa, Asia and Latin America and the Caribbean reported membership increases, churches in Europe and North America again showed a slight decline.

The Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus, LWF’s largest African member church, increased by 2.9 percent to reach 5,012,486.

The number of Lutherans worldwide, including those outside the LWF, increased by 170,147 to nearly 72 million.


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