In 2017 the activities of the Evangelical Lutheran Mission Diocese of Finland increased and were further strengthened. In the categories of divine services held and church attendance, there were increases over the previous year. There were 1,556 Divine Services and Services of the Word held on Sundays and Church Festivals. These had an attendance of 73,133. The figures represent an increase of some 7%. The congregations recorded 1,952 members, a 6% growth.
In 2017 the Mission Diocese did not gain new congregations, but regular divine services were started in Parikkala (close to the eastern border), Hyvinkää (southern Finland) and Utsjoki (the far north). Furthermore, Seinäjoki (western Finland) began to hold a second divine service each Sunday.
By the end of 2017, the Diocese had 32 congregations of varying sizes. The three largest congregations (Helsinki, Seinäjoki, and Pori (the west coast) averaged about 100 in attendance, while Hämeenlinna, Kouvola, Kuopio and Oulu had an average of over 60 on Sundays. The next group, eight congregations, have 40-60 attendants. The remainder had under 40 in attendance.
This year, in 2018, new activities are underway in Forssa (southwestern Finland), with the lecture series “On the Seven Marks of the Church” taking place. Meri-Lappi (coastal Lapland) organised itself under the name of Our Saviour Lutheran Congregation, and is currently applying for membership in the Diocese. Praise be to God!
The chart below shows the statistics in greater detail. If you are interested, previous statistics can be found from: http://www.lhpk.fi/en/diocese/statistics/