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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.
THE ELCT MISSION
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 Lutheran Church began its activities in the country during
the 19th Century in 1887 when the first mission station was opened
in Dar es Salaam by the Berlin Mission III also known as the Evangelical
Missionary Society for East Africa. Berlin I Missionary Society
opened a mission station in Southern Highlands at Ipagika in 1891.
In 1893 Leipzig Missionary Society opened a missionary station
in the Northern Highlands at Kidia. The three mission societies
played a big role in the formation of the seven Lutherans in the
country. The Church Mission activities had continued to bear fruits
up till now despite interruptions by 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.
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. Has
a coordination office responsible for financial reports on church
activities. 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.
By 1938 there were seven Churches in the then Tanganyika, as the
country was knows at the time and 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 dioceses of a single Church, known
as 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.
P.O. Box 3033
further information contact:
Language & Orientation School
Junior Seminary Morogoro)
es Salaam College
Kibira University College
Christian Medical College
Moshi University College