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Evangelical Lutheran Church in the Republic of Namibia

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in the Republic of Namibia (ELCRN) is a Lutheran denomination based in Namibia. It has a total membership of about 420,000.[2]

Evangelical Lutheran Church in the Republic of Namibia
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ClassificationProtestant
OrientationLutheran
AssociationsCouncil of Churches in Namibia
Lutheran World Federation
World Council of Churches
Origin1957
Congregations54[1]
Members420,000[2]
Official websitewww.elcrnam.org

The ELCRN grew out of work done by the Rhenish Missionary Society starting in 1842. The denomination was established in 1957 as the Evangelical Lutheran Church in South West Africa (Rheinische Mission). It adopted its present name in 1990, following Namibian independence.[1] It joined the Lutheran World Federation in 1970,[2] and the World Council of Churches in 1992.[1]

Together with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Namibia, the ELCRN operates Paulinum Theological Seminary. In 2007, these two denominations. along with the German-speaking Evangelical Lutheran Church in Namibia, formed the United Church Council of the Lutheran Churches in Namibia. The aim of this body is ultimately to achieve church union.[1]

In December 2015, the ELCRN postponed its synod, which usually meets every six years, "pending the rectification of alleged irregularities regarding administrative procedures."[3] The synod took place from 30 January – 4 February 2016, but then the election of members to the national church council was "reportedly conducted improperly as some members with voting rights were denied participation in the election process."[4] The elections were declared null and void and an extraordinary synod was then held in July 2016. No consensus could be reached, however, and the term of the current church council was extended until 31 August 2017.[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d "Evangelical Lutheran Church in the Republic of Namibia". World Council of Churches. Retrieved 15 October 2016.
  2. ^ a b c "Evangelical Lutheran Church in the Republic of Namibia (ELCRN)". Lutheran World Federation. Retrieved 15 October 2016.
  3. ^ Tjihenuna, Theresia (7 December 2015). "ELCRN forced to postpone synod over irregularities". The Namibian. Retrieved 15 October 2016.
  4. ^ a b Tjihenuna, Theresia (8 August 2016). "ELCRN extends council term". The Namibian. Retrieved 15 October 2016.

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