According to the Lutheran World Federation, there are approximately 66 million Lutherans worldwide.
The origins of the Lutheran denomination trace back to the 16th century and the reforms of Martin Luther, a German monk and professor who has been called the "Father of the Reformation." For more about Lutheran history, visit Lutheran Denomination - Brief History.
According to the Lutheran World Federation, 36 million Lutherans live in Europe, 13 million in Africa, 8.4 million in North America, 7.3 million in Asia, and 1.1 million in Latin America. Today in America, the two largest Lutheran church bodies are the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), with more than 5 million members, and The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS) with more than 2.5 million members.
~Sacred or Distinguishing Text
The Bible, The Book of Concord.
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