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A communion of people rejoicing in love and peace; blessed spiritually and physically, hoping to inherit eternal life through Jesus Christ.


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.


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.


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.

The Church has 25 Dioceses as follows: 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 22) South Eastern Diocese 23) Ruvuma Diocese, 24) Lake Tanganyika Diocese and 25) Mwanga Diocese. For more information, click here.

Postal Address:
ELCT Head Office
P.O. Box 3033
Arusha, Tanzania.

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Popular Links

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Other Popular Links

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

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

Press Releases

The ELCT is seeking to fill the following positions for its Kizazi Kipya Project by 15 April:

  • Project Manager
  • Health and HIV Services Officer
  • Economic Strengthening and Livelihoods Officers (ELSO)
  • Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Officer
  • Project Accountant
  • Case Management Officer (CMO)
  • Case Worker Coordinator
  • Office Manager
  • Data Clerks

Deadline for submitting job application is 15 April 2017.
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KCMC hospital initiates cancer treatment
The KCMC Consulting Hospital in Moshi, Tanzania, has introduced cancer treatment bringing to three the number of hospitals offering cancer treatment in the country following in the footsteps of the National Cancer Institute – Ocean Road in Dar es Salaam and Bugando Consulting Hospitali in Mwanza.
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ELCT to release Church Reformation programme
(English and Swahili)
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania (ELCT) joins other churches all over the world in commemoration of the “500 years of Church Reformation” to take place in October 2017.
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Leaders of ELCT and NALC meet in Arusha
The leader of the North American Lutheran Church (NALC), Bishop John F. Bradosky, on January 30, 2017, held discussions in Arusha, Tanzania, with the Presiding Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania (ELCT), Dr. Fredrick Shoo.
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Waraka Maalum kwa Washarika Wote Kuhusu Hali ya Hewa
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Meru diocese gets a new Bishop
On January 15 Rev. Elias Kitoi Nassari became Bishop of Meru Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania (ELCT) following the footsteps of Bishop Dr Paulo Akyoo who retired after serving for 24 since the Diocese was established in 1993.
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Mwinyi commends churches for providing quality social services in the country
The former President Alhaji Ali Hassan Mwinyi has commended churches for providing high quality service in education and health sectors in the country and encouraged service providers to continue doing so for the improvement of social welfare of the Tanzanian society.
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ELCT to assists victims of the earthquake in Kagera
(plus papers from September Pastors Conference)
The Presiding Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania (ELCT) closed the Pastors Conference held in Dodoma 24 to 29 September with a call to its members demonstrate their love for one another by making contribution for victims of an earthquake that struck Kagera recently.
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Women pastors commemorate their 25th anniversary in Tanzania
Recently 34 Women pastors in the Northern Diocese commemorated the 25th anniversary since the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania (ELCT) endorsed the ordination of women. The Diocese has 34 women pastors out of 250 women pastors in the whole church.
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Sendoro to be consecrated the first Bishop of Mwanga Diocese in November
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania (ELCT) has a new Diocese following the election of leaders of Mwanga Diocese at its first General Assembly held at Mwanga on 14 July 2016. The new diocese is formed after dividing Pare Diocese into two. Mwanga Diocese covers Mwanga District in Kilimanjaro Region.
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