The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania (ELCT) The ELCT is a family member of the Lutheran World Federation, Christian Council of Tanzania, World Council of Churches, ACT Alliance, and All Africa Conference of Churches. ELCT officially began its work in 1963. When the seven churches in the then Tanganyika (now Tanzania) formed one church. At the time of the amalgamation, there were a total of 500,000 church members. To date, ELCT has about 7.3 million members.