EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH IN AMERICA (ELCA)
McFarland Lutheran Church is a member congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) Working together we seek to live in God’s amazing grace.
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SOUTH-CENTRAL SYNOD OF WISCONSIN
109,786 baptized members
Partner synods: Caribbean, Slovak Zion
HOW THE E.L.C.A. CAME TO BE
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America resulted from a union of three North American Lutheran church bodies: The American Lutheran Church, the Association of Evangelical Lutheran Churches and the Lutheran Church in America.
The three churches agreed to unite in 1982. They formed a 70-member Commission for a New Lutheran Church, which planned the merger. The plan was approved by church conventions in 1986, and the ELCA constituting convention was held April 30-May 3, 1987, with the church actually beginning operations on January 1, 1988.
The ELCA meets in assembly every two years; at its 2001 Churchwide Assembly it elected its third bishop, The Rev. Mark S. Hanson, who was re-elected at the 2007 Churchwide Assembly held August 6-12 in Chicago.