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of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania (ELCT) is to
enable people to know Jesus Christ and gain eternal life. The
Church is built on Jesus Christ as its foundation, is guided
by the Word of God as found in the Old and New Testaments, and
is strengthened by the Sacraments. It does so in accordance
with the Lutheran Confessions, which are true interpretations
of the Word of God.
The ELCT comprises
20 dioceses. To see the list of the Dioceses follow this link:
Dioceses of the ELCT.
Church began its activities in the country during the 19th Century.
It has continued to bear fruit despite interruptions by the
Hehe/German War in 1891, the Majimaji war of 1905-1906, the
1st World War 1914-1918 and later on the 2nd World War of 1939-1945.
there were seven Churches in Tanganyika, as the country was
known at that time. These were:
Lutheran Church of Northern Tanganyika in the north.
Usambara/Digo Lutheran Church in the northeast.
Uzaramo/Uluguru Lutheran Church in the east.
Augustana Lutheran Church of Irimba/Turu, located in Central
Evangelical Lutheran Church in the North West Tanganyika.
- The Iraqw
Lutheran Church in the Northern Province
- The Ubena/Konde
Lutheran Church in the Southern Highlands.
the Churches founded a federation known as the Federation of
Lutheran Churches in Tanganyika, which brought together these
seven churches. On June 19, 1963, the seven Churches, under
the umbrella of a federation, merged to become a single Church,
known as the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania.
information on the ELCT, click here.
P.O. Box 3033
further information contact:
Language & Orientation School
Junior Seminary Morogoro)
es Salaam College
Christian Medical College
Kolowa University College
Moshi University College
releases membership figures for 2013
of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania (ELCT) by January
2012 was 6,139,879 compared to 5,825,312 members in 2011.
donates food to stave off hunger
Lutheran Church in Tanzania (ELCT) has donated 264 metric tones
of maize in response to food needed to stave off starvation of people
in northern Tanzania.
Desk conducts seminars to improve governance of schools
Education Desk of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania (ELCT)
recently organized Training of Trainers' seminars on teacher-friendly
Dr. Thomas Laiser laid to rest
Jakaya Kikwete of Tanzania led thousands of mourners who attended
the funeral of Bishop Dr. Thomas Laiser of the Arusha based North
Central Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania (ELCT)
who was buried on 15th February this year.
mourns the death of Pastor Thomas Musa
pouring in following the death of Bishop Dr. Thomas Laiser
Kibira University College officially launched in Bukoba