Who We Are

Our Name

We are part of a larger group called the Evangelical Free Church of America. The name "Evangelical" refers to our commitment to the proclamation of the Gospel and the authority of Biblical Scriptures as being inerrant and the only safe and sufficient guide for faith and practice.

The term "Free" refers to our form of church government, which assures that our local churches are free from a central controlling body.

 

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Free... it's what we are.

EFCA at a Glance

Intro

We are commimed to Jesus Christ, to the gospel and to one another. As an association of churches that aligns itself with the same Statement of Faith, we are distinct yet deeply connected. From our earliest days, the EFCA has been about extending the gospel into areas of need. And whether that’s next door, across town or across the world, we’re still at it today.

Churches
In 2016 there were:
  • 1,321 EFCA churches and 177 church plants in the United States
  • 298 EFCA ethnic churches and church plants
  • 114 EFCA multi-site or second language services
Districts
Seventeen districts support some 1,500 congregations spread across the United States. Pastors and churches can find encouragement and resources for both personal and ministry growth through our district networks.
 
Missionaries
In 2016 The EFCA had close to 650 missionaries serve in more than 59 countries.
 
Attendees

More than 370,000 people attended an EFCA church weekly in 2016.

 
Origins

New immigrant families settling in the Midwest in the late 1800s began gathering in homes to study the Bible and worship. It didn’t take long for churches to blossom from those small gatherings. By 1884, several churches were sharing a treasury. Supporting missionaries, caring for the elderly, and establishing Bible institutes, youth conferences, new churches, and orphanages were all part of the EFCA lifeblood from the earliest days.

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