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Synod Statistics

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) is comprised of about 3.3 million members in 8,900 congregations.

The North/West Lower Michigan Synod (NWLMS) is one of 65 synods in the ELCA. The synods are organized into nine regions, and the NWLMS is part of Region 6, which includes the lower peninsula of Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky.

At the end of 2022, about 28,283 baptized Christians comprise 103 congregations across our synod.

Congregations in our synod are grouped into 7 geographic conferences: Bay, Capital, Greater Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Stony Lake, Sunrise, and Traverse. Each conference has a Dean who serves as a liaison between the bishop’s office and the congregations in their area.

Offerings from Congregations to the NWLM Synod as “Mission Support” were $1.53 million in 2022. Fifty percent supports the Synod and fifty percent supports broader ELCA Churchwide ministries.