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What does it mean to be a Lutheran?  

About 2 billion people are Christians, but only some of them are Lutherans.  

800 million–1 billion are Protestants.  Protestantism is the second largest major group of Christians by number of followers.  

Estimates vary from 800 million to 1 billion, or between 31% and 38% of all Christians. 

With around 80 million followers worldwide, Lutheranism remains one of the largest Protestant denominations in the world. 

There are many denominations of Lutheranism. 

Over 40 different Lutheran denominations currently exist in North America.  

However, most North American Lutherans belong to one of the three largest denominations, namely, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America or ELCA, 

the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod, or the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod. 

Long Lake Lutheran Church belongs to the ELCA, Minneapolis Area Synod, Northern Conference. 

Lutherans are Confessional, Creedal, and Liturgical. 

We believe that the crucified and resurrected Christ accomplished our salvation, so we are free to live our lives for the good of our neighbor. 

from Pastor Sue