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A communion of people rejoicing in love and peace; blessed spiritually and physically, hoping to inherit eternal life through Jesus Christ.


To make people know Jesus Christ and have life in it fullness by bringing to them the Good News through words and deeds based on the Word of God as it is in the Bible and the Lutheran teachings guided by the ELCT Constitution.


The Church focuses on propagating the "holistic" Gospel serving man through spiritual, social, economic and environmental programmes /interventions in order to have a God loving community hence fulfilling God's mission in Tanzania. In serving human beings in a holistic way, The Church carries out mission work within and outside the country using all types of means and media.

It has a coordination office responsible for financial reports on church activities. It produces literature for Christian nurturing. The central office has a function of Capacity building, Advocacy and Facilitation (CAF) of the dioceses. The Church has common work institutions including: The Tumaini University Makumira that has 6 constituent colleges; Morogoro Lutheran Junior Seminary (LJS); Three schools for deaf children.

It has 23 Hospitals and more than 140 health centres and dispensaries spread across Tanzania. It is engaged in PHC, diakonia, HIV counseling, treatment and Palliative Care at national and Diocesan levels. ELCT has a number of water projects as well as poverty alleviation and environment protection projects. The implementation of these projects have had a significant impact on development in the communities.


The first missionary societies in Tanganyika

The Berlin III Missionary Society, also known as the Evangelical Missionary Society for East Africa (EMS), was the first to send Lutheran missionaries from German who planted the seed that eventually formed the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania. Their first missionary station was opened at Kigamboni in Dar es Salaam in 1887.

The second team, Berlin I, was also from Germany. They entered Tanganyika from South Africa and settled in the Southern Highlands and opened their first missionary station in 1891 at Ipagika or Pipagika (Wangemannshöhe) in the area that later became ELCT Konde Diocese.

In 1890 Berlin III change its role and became Bethel Mission and settle in Tanga where it established a mission station at Mbuyukenda. In 1910 the missionaries opened a mission station in Bukoba, Kagera Region while they were planning to go to Rwanda.

The third mission society that worked in Tanzania was Leipzig Mission Society, again from Germany. This society entered the country in 1893 and opened its first station at Kidia, Old Moshi in Kilimanjaro region.

This mission activity continued to bear fruit in spite of the interruptions of the Hehe/German War in 1891, the Majimaji war of 1905/6, the 1st World War 1914-1918 and later on the 2nd World War of 1939-1945.

Formation of the ELCT

By 1938, there were seven churches in Tanganyika, as the country was known at that time. In 1938, the churches formed a federation known as the Federation of Lutheran Churches in Tanganyika.

On June 19, 1963, the seven Churches, under the umbrella of a federation, merged to become synods and dioceses of a single Church, known as the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanganyika. The following year, when the union with Zanzibar produced a change of the national name to Tanzania, the Church was renamed the Evangelical Lutheran church in Tanzania.

The Church has 22 Dioceses following the inauguration of two new dioceses in May 2013; the Dioceses are: 1) North Western Diocese 2) North Eastern Diocese 3) Pare Diocese 4) Northern Diocese 5) North Central Diocese 6) Karagwe Diocese 7) Central Diocese 8) Southern Diocese 9) Konde Diocese 10) South Central Diocese 11) Ulanga / Kilombero Diocese 12) Eastern and Coastal Diocese 13) Mbulu Diocese 14) Iringa Diocese 15) Dodoma Diocese 16) East of Lake Victoria Diocese 17) Diocese in Mara Region 18) Diocese of Meru 19) South Western Diocese 20) Morogoro Diocese 21) South East of Lake Victoria Diocese and 22) South Eastern Diocese. For more information, click here.

Postal Address:
ELCT Head Office
P.O. Box 3033
Arusha, Tanzania.

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Language & Orientation School
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New Safari Hotel
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Tumaini University Makumira

        Dar es Salaam College
        Josia Kibira University College
        Kilimanjaro Christian Medical College
        Stefano Moshi University College

Press Releases

LWF expresses solidarity with Church and victim of explosion in Tanzania
The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) has expressed its concern over the explosion at the Lutheran hostel in Mwanza, Lake Victoria Diocese on 5 May.
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Mission outreach is the best solution to stop Albino killings - Bishop
The Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran in Tanzania (ELCT) South East of Lake Victoria Diocese (SELVD), Emmanuel Makalla, has pleaded for the protection of elderly women and people with albinism killed by ruthless people who believe in witchcraft.
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Best ELCT schools get recognition
The Presiding Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Churchin Tanzania (ELCT), Dr. Alex Malasusa, has given awards to the top 10 schools out of 66 whose students performed well in the 2013 ‘O’ level exams.
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Bombing at Imani Lutheran Hostel in Mwanza leaves one injured
Bishop Andrew Gulle of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania (ELCT) East of Lake Victoria Diocese confirmed that on Monday night 5 May 2014 an attendant of Imani Lutheran Centre in Mwanza, Ms Bernadeta Alfred (25), was seriously wounded by an explosive device that went off at the Hostel.
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Church releases latest statistics
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania has released membership statistics for 2013. The statistics revealed by the ELCT Secretary General Mr. Brighton Killewa show that there was an increase of 201,225 members bringing the figure to 6,341,103 compared to 6,139,878 in 2012.
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Death from preventable causes is a moral scandal
Bishop Dr Heinrich Bedford-Strohm who is the Chair in Systematic Theology and Contemporary Theological Issues at Otto Friedrich University, Bamberg, Germany has advised the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania (ELCT) to establish a committee to monitor climate change and its impact in the country.
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Rev. Mwaipopo elected Bishop
The first General Assembly of Lake Tanganyika Diocese held in Sumbawanga, Rukwa Region 10 – 11 January 2014 among other things elected its leaders. Those elected are Rev. Ambele Anyigulile Mwaipopo who becomes Bishop and Rev. David Masaoe to become Assistant to the Bishop. Their consecration takes place in September this year.
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ELCT to inaugurate Ruvuma Diocese in July
Ruvuma Mission Area has qualified to be the 23rd Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania (ELCT) and it will be inaugurated 27 July this year when its leaders will also be consecrated.
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The Presiding Bishop inaugurates task force to establish a women centre
The Evangelical Lutheran in Tanzania (ELCT) Presiding Bishop, Dr. Alex Malasusa has inaugurated a task force charged with the task of establishing a women centre in Dodoma Region.
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Marangu jubilee celebrations
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Bishop Nsanganzelu Leads Mbulu Diocese
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Civil Technician Sought by ELCT
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Programme Manager Sought by ELCT
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ELCT and SEKOMU organizes land justice conference
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