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VISION STATEMENT

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.

CHURCH FOCUS

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.

HISTORY

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.

DIOCESES
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.

General Information:
elcthq@elct.or.tz

For further information contact:
ELCT Communication Coordinator:
elobulu@elct.or.tz


Popular Links

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Tumaini
University
Makumira

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Language & Orientation School
       (at Lutheran Junior Seminary Morogoro)
New Safari Hotel
Service Office
Tumaini University Makumira

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

Press Releases
(Archives)

Civil Technician Sought by ELCT
The ELCT is looking for a Civil Technician to supervise a Renewable Energy Program.
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Programme Manager Sought by ELCT
ELCT-Common work seeks a Programme Manager for its Danida-supported Governance and Gender Rights Programme.
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ELCT and SEKOMU organizes land justice conference
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania (ELCT) in collaboration with Sebastian Kolowa Memorial University (SEKOMU) has organized a three-day international conference on land justice to be held in Dar es Salaam, September 10 -12.
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ELCT is looking for an economist
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania (ELCT) is looking for an economist to serve at the head office in Arusha.
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The Way ELCT Celebrated her 50th Anniversary
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for a full pictorial report (6.5 MB MS Word document).

Music gala at Makumira to usher in the ELCT jubilee
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ELCT Celebrates 50 Years
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Christianity is more than what can be seen outwardly - Malasusa
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Makala becomes Bishop of a newly inaugurated Diocese
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ELCT releases membership figures for 2013
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