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The International Lutheran Council is a worldwide association of confessional Lutheran denominations. It is to be distinguished from the larger Lutheran World Federation, which is an association the more theologically moderate to liberal Lutheran churches, all of which are in full communion with each other as a condition of membership. Unlike the LWF, the member church bodies of the ILC are not required to be in church-fellowship with each other, though many of them are. The organization was constituted in 1993 at a council held in Antigua, Guatemala, although it traces its roots back to theological conferences held in many locations in the 1950s and 1960s.

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Member bodies of the ILC hold "an unconditional commitment to the Holy Scriptures as the inspired and infallible Word of God and to the Lutheran Confessions contained in the Book of Concord as the true and faithful exposition of the Word of God."

The Council has thirty participating churches as of 2007. Among its larger members are the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Brazil, and the Lutheran Church—Canada. Altogether, approximately 3,450,000 adherents belong to ILC member churches.

The Council's Chairman is the Rev. Gerald Kieschnick, who is also President of the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod since 2007. Its Executive Secretary is the Rev. Dr. Samuel H. Nafzger [1], who is also Executive Director of the LCMS' Commission on Theology and Church Relations. Delegates to the ILC meet every two years.

The organization has not approved the 1999 Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification.



Sorted by country in alphabetical order


Full Members

  • Argentina
Evangelical Lutheran Church of Argentina website
(Iglesia Evangélica Luterana Argentina)
  • Belgium
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Belgium website
(Evangelisch-Lutherse Kerk in België)
  • Bolivia
Christian Evangelical Lutheran Church of Bolivia
(Iglesia Cristiana Evangélica Luterana de Bolivia)
  • Brazil
Evangelical Lutheran Church of Brazil website
(Igreja Evangélica Luterana do Brasil)
  • Canada
Lutheran Church—Canada website
  • Chile
Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Republic of Chile website
(Iglesia Evangélica Luterana de la República de Chile)
  • China (Hong Kong SAR)
Lutheran Church—Hong Kong Synod website
  • China, Republic of (Taiwan)
China Evangelical Lutheran Church
  • Denmark
Evangelical Lutheran Free Church of Denmark website
(Den evangelisk-lutherske Frikirke i Danmark)
  • France
Evangelical Lutheran Church—Synod of France and Belgium website
(Église Évangélique Luthérienne - Synode de France et de Belgique)
  • Germany
Independent Evangelical—Lutheran Church website
(Selbständige Evangelisch - Lutherische Kirche)
  • Ghana
Evangelical Lutheran Church of Ghana
- also a full member of the Lutheran World Federation
  • Guatemala
Lutheran Church of Guatemala
(Consejo Luterano Iglesia Luterana en Guatemala)
  • Haiti
Evangelical Lutheran Church of Haiti website
(Eglise Evangelique Lutherienne D'Haiti)
  • India
India Evangelical Lutheran Church
- also a full member of the Lutheran World Federation
  • Japan
Japan Lutheran Church link
- also an associate member of the Lutheran World Federation
  • Kenya
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Kenya
- also a full member of the Lutheran World Federation
  • Korea, South
Lutheran Church in Korea website website
- also a full member of the Lutheran World Federation
  • Mexico
Lutheran Synod of Mexico
(Sinodo Luterano de Mexico)
  • Nigeria
Lutheran Church of Nigeria
  • Papua New Guinea
Gutnius Lutheran Church
  • Paraguay
Evangelical Lutheran Church of Paraguay website
(Iglesia Evangélica Luterana del Paraguay)
  • Philippines
Lutheran Church in the Philippines
- also a full member of the Lutheran World Federation
  • Portugal
Evangelical Lutheran Church of Portugal
  • Russia
Evangelical Lutheran Church of Ingria in Russia website
(Евангелическая-лютеранская Церковь ИНГРИИ)
- also a full member of the Lutheran World Federation
  • South Africa
Free Evangelical Lutheran Synod in South Africa website
Lutheran Church in Southern Africa
  • Sri Lanka
Lanka Lutheran Church
- also a full member of the Lutheran World Federation
  • United Kingdom
Evangelical Lutheran Church of England website
  • United States of America
Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod website
American Association of Lutheran Churches website
  • Venezuela
Lutheran Church of Venezuela website
(Iglesia Luterana de Venezuela)

Associate Members

  • Australia
Lutheran Church of Australia website
- also an associate member of the Lutheran World Federation
  • Peru
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Peru (LWF recognized congregation)

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