“Close to people – near
In accordance with our motto, we
aim to promote the growth of spiritual life and the love for one’s
neighbour. We work together to make the Christian message available to
all the inhabitants of Tampere.
We work with other organizations
in the Tampere area and internationally as a part of the Evangelical
Lutheran Church of Finland.
The Federation of Evangelical
Lutheran Parishes in Tampere is comprised of five local parishes, four
of which are Finnish and one Swedish-speaking. Together the parishes
form an administrative and economic entity called the Federation of
Evangelical Lutheran Parishes. There are a large number of activities
and various communities within these parishes.
Lutheran Church makes itself seen and heard in Tampere. Roughly 70% of
the inhabitants in the city - some 146 000 people - belong to the
Evangelical Lutheran Church.
Many of the services provided by the
parishes are centralised. Such services include child and youth work,
special deaconal work, family counselling, membership registry,
religious services at hospitals, information services and social work.
The real estate and graveyard units are responsible for the maintenance
of the churches and other premises owned by the parishes.
Local parishes are governed by the vicar together
with the parish council. In the Federation of Parishes, the highest
decisive power is wielded by the joint Church Council and the Church
Board elected and appointed by the Council. Members of the Church
Council and Board are elected in a parish election held every four
years. All parish members over the age of 18 have the right to vote
in parish elections.
The Federation of Evangelical Lutheran congregations has
the right to levy taxes on its members at the rate of 1.25% of taxable
income. Tax revenue account for some 74% of the total income of the
Federation of Parishes. Other income comprises, among others, service
charges and rent proceeds. The largest single expenditure item is
The Federation of Evangelical Lutheran Parishes employs about 550 people in Tampere.