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The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) is a global communion of national and regional Lutheran churches headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. The federation was founded in the Swedish city of Lund in the aftermath of the Second World War in 1947 to coordinate the activities of the many differing Lutheran churches. Since 1984, the member churches are in pulpit and altar fellowship, with common doctrine as the basis of membership and mission activity.

The LWF now has 140 member church bodies in 78 countries representing 66.7 million of the world's 70.2 million Lutherans.[1] However, some Lutherans disagree with the way the Lutheran World Federation arrives at these numbers, because millions of them are actually non-Lutherans inside bodies that are mostly Reformed, but include some Lutherans as part of an absorption of a smaller Lutheran church body into a larger Protestant body. These larger Protestant bodies belong to the LWF on the basis of a Lutheran component rather than on the basis of being a Lutheran church body. [2] The state churches of Iceland, Denmark, Norway, and Finland, and the former state church of Sweden, are among its members. The LWF acts on behalf of its member churches in areas of common interest such as ecumenical and interfaith relations, theology, humanitarian assistance, human rights, communication, and the various aspects of mission and development work.

The Department for World Service (DWS) is the LWF's humanitarian agency. It has programs in 37 countries. LWF through DWS is a member of ACT Development.

On October 31, 1999, in Augsburg, Germany, the Lutheran World Federation signed the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification with the Roman Catholic Church. The statement is an attempt to narrow the theological divide between the two faiths. The Declaration also states that the mutual condemnations between 16th century Lutherans and the Roman Catholic Church no longer apply.

The largest member churches are (with number of members in millions; 2008 statistics):

  1. Church of Sweden (6.75)
  2. Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania (5.3)
  3. Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus (5.3)
  4. Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (4.6) (number on rolls; only 2.7 mil. have taken communion in the past two years)
  5. Church of Denmark (4.5)
  6. Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland (4.5)
  7. Protestant Christian Batak Church, Indonesia (4.2)
  8. Church of Norway (4.0)
  9. Malagasy Lutheran Church (3.0)
  10. Evangelical Lutheran Church of Hanover, Germany (3.0)

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Federation Officials

President

The President is the Federation's chief official representative and spokesperson. He/she presides at meetings of the Assembly, Council and Executive Committee, and oversees the life and work of the Federation in consultation with the Treasurer and General Secretary.[3]

General Secretary

The Lutheran World Federation Council elects the General Secretary, who is appointed for a seven-year term. The person appointed is eligible for re-election.The General Secretary conducts the business of the Federation assisted by a Cabinet, comprising department and unit heads appointed by the Council, and carries out the decisions of the Assembly and Council.[4]

Deputy General Secretary

The Deputy General Secretary heads the Office for Planning and is responsible for meetings of the Lutheran World Federation Council, Executive Committee and the Cabinet. The Deputy General Secretary deputizes for the General Secretary and carries specific administrative leadership functions in the Lutheran World Federation Secretariat.[5]

Members

Sorted by country in alphabetical order

  • Angola
Evangelical Lutheran Church of Angola
  • Argentina
Evangelical Church of the Rio de la Plata
United Evangelical Lutheran Church
  • Australia
Lutheran Church of Australia - associate member
  • Austria
Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession in Austria
  • Bangladesh
Bangladesh Lutheran Church
Bangladesh Northern Evangelical Lutheran Church
  • Belarus
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Russia and Other States
  • Belgium
Lutheran Church of Belgium - Arlon and Christian Mission
  • Bolivia
Bolivian Evangelical Lutheran Church
German-Speaking Evangelical Lutheran Congregation in Bolivia
  • Botswana
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Botswana
  • Brazil
Evangelical Church of the Lutheran Confession in Brazil
  • Cameroon
Church of the Lutheran Brethren of Cameroon
Evangelical Lutheran Church of Cameroon
  • Canada
Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church Abroad
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada
  • Central African Republic
Lutheran Church of the Central African Republic
  • Chile
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Chile
Lutheran Church in Chile
  • China (Hong Kong SAR)
Chinese Rhenish Church Hong Kong Synod
Evangelical Lutheran Church of Hong Kong
Hong Kong and Macau Lutheran Church
Tsung Tsin Mission of Hong Kong
  • Colombia
Evangelical Lutheran Church of Colombia
St Matthew's Lutheran Congregation
St. Martin's Lutheran Congregation
  • Congo, Democratic Republic of
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Congo
  • Costa Rica
Evangelical Lutheran Church of Costa Rica
Lutheran Costarican Church
  • Croatia
Evangelical Church in the Republic of Croatia
  • Czech Republic
Evangelical Church of Czech Brethren
Silesian Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession
  • Denmark
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Denmark
  • Ecuador
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Ecuador
  • El Salvador
Salvadoran Lutheran Synod
  • Eritrea
Evangelical Church of Eritrea
  • Estonia
Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church
  • Ethiopia
Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus
  • Finland
Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland
  • France
Church of the Augsburg Confession of Alsace and Lorraine
Evangelical Lutheran Church of France
Malagasy Protestant Church in France
  • Ghana
Evangelical Lutheran Church of Ghana
  • Georgia
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Russia and Other States
  • Germany
Church of Lippe (Lutheran Section)
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Baden
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bavaria
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Brunswick
Evangelical Lutheran Church of Hanover
Evangelical Lutheran Church of Mecklenburg
Evangelical Church of Pomerania
Evangelical Lutheran Church of Saxony
Evangelical Lutheran Church of Schaumburg-Lippe
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Oldenburg
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Thuringia
Evangelical State Church in Württemberg
Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church Abroad
North Elbian Evangelical Lutheran Church
  • Guatemala
The Epiphany Lutheran Congregation
  • Guyana
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Guyana
  • Hungary
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hungary
  • Honduras
Christian Lutheran Church of Honduras
  • Iceland
Evangelical Lutheran Church of Iceland
  • India
Andhra Evangelical Lutheran Church
Arcot Lutheran Church
Evangelical Lutheran Church in the Himalayan States
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Madhya Pradesh
Gossner Evangelical Lutheran Church in Chotanagpur and Assam
India Evangelical Lutheran Church
Jeypore Evangelical Lutheran Church
Northern Evangelical Lutheran Church
North-Western Gossner Evangelical Lutheran Church in Chotanagpur and Assam
South Andhra Lutheran Church
Tamil Evangelical Lutheran Church
  • Indonesia
Batak Christian Community Church
Christian Communion of Indonesia Church in Nias
Christian Protestant Church in Indonesia
Christian Protestant Angkola Church
Indonesian Christian Church
Indonesian Christian Lutheran Church
Pakpak Dairi Christian Protestant Church
Protestant Christian Batak Church
Protestant Christian Church
Protestant Christian Church in Mentawai
Simalungun Protestant Christian Church
United Protestant Church
  • Ireland
Lutheran Church in Ireland
  • Israel
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan & the Holy Land
  • Italy
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Italy
  • Japan
Japan Evangelical Lutheran Church
Japan Lutheran Church - associate member
Kinki Evangelical Lutheran Church
  • Jordan
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan & the Holy Land
  • Kazakhstan
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Russia and Other States
  • Kenya
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Kenya
Kenya Evangelical Lutheran Church
  • Korea, South
Lutheran Church in Korea
  • Kyrgyztan
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Russia and Other States
  • Latvia
Evangelical Lutheran Church of Latvia
  • Liberia
Lutheran Church in Liberia
  • Liechtenstein
Federation of Evangelical Lutheran Churches in Switzerland and the Principality of Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
Evangelical Lutheran Church of Lithuania
  • Madagascar
Malagasy Lutheran Church
  • Malawi
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Malawi
  • Malaysia
Basel Christian Church of Malaysia
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Malaysia
Lutheran Church in Malaysia and Singapore
Protestant Church in Sabah
  • Mexico
German-Speaking Evangelical Congregation in Mexico
Mexican Lutheran Church
  • Mozambique
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Mozambique
  • Myanmar
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Myanmar
  • Namibia
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Namibia (ELCIN)
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Namibia (ELCIN - GELC)
Evangelical Lutheran Church in the Republic of Namibia
  • Netherlands
Protestant Church in the Netherlands
  • Nicaragua
Nicaraguan Lutheran Church of Faith and Hope
  • Nigeria
Lutheran Church in Nigeria
The Lutheran Church of Christ in Nigeria
  • Norway
Church of Norway
Evangelical Lutheran Free Church of Norway
  • Peru
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Peru
Peruvian Lutheran Evangelical Church
  • Papua New Guinea
Evangelical Lutheran Church of Papua New Guinea
Gutnius Lutheran Church
  • Philippines
Lutheran Church in the Philippines
  • Poland
Evangelical Church of Augsburg Confession in Poland
  • Romania
Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession in Romania
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Romania
  • Russia
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Russia and Other States
Evangelical Lutheran Church of Ingria in Russia
  • Rwanda
Lutheran Church of Rwanda
  • Senegal
Lutheran Church of Senegal
  • Serbia
Slovak Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession in Serbia
  • Sierra Leone
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Sierra Leone
  • Singapore
Lutheran Church in Singapore
  • Slovakia
Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession in Slovakia
  • Slovenia
Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession in Slovenia
  • South Africa
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Southern Africa
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Southern Africa (Cape Church)
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Southern Africa (N-T)
Moravian Church in South Africa
  • Sri Lanka
Lanka Lutheran Church
  • Suriname
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Suriname
  • Sweden
Church of Sweden
  • Switzerland
Federation of Evangelical Lutheran Churches in Switzerland and the Principality of Liechtenstein
  • Taiwan (Republic of China)
Lutheran Church of Taiwan
Taiwan Lutheran Church
  • Tanzania
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania
  • Thailand
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Thailand
  • Ukraine
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Russia and Other States
  • United Kingdom
Lutheran Church in Great Britain
The Lutheran Council of Great Britain
  • United States of America
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Lithuanian Evangelical Lutheran Church in Diaspora
  • Uzbekistan
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Russia and Other States
  • Venezuela
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Venezuela
  • Zambia
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Zambia
  • Zimbabwe
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Zimbabwe

Presidents of LWF

See also

References

  1. ^ Hanson, Mark S. (September 2006). "Why LWF matters". The Lutheran ((The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America)): p. 58. http://www.thelutheran.org/article/article_buy.cfm?article_id=6071. 
  2. ^ For more information on this, see William Schumacher, "Theological Observer: How Many Lutherans?", Concordia Journal April 2005, http://www.csl.edu/CJApril05.pdf/
  3. ^ http://www.lutheranworld.org/Who_We_Are/LWF-President.html
  4. ^ http://www.lutheranworld.org/What_We_Do/GS/LWF-General_Secretary.html
  5. ^ http://www.lutheranworld.org/What_We_Do/GS/DGS-Welcome.html

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