+ What is the EFCA?
The Evangelical Free Church of America is an association of over 1,500 autonomous churches united by a mutual commitment to serve our Lord Jesus Christ with the guidance of the Holy Spirit and obedience to the Word of God. We are committed to cooperate with one another in ministry and fellowship as we seek to fulfill the Great Commission which Christ has entrusted to His Church. The growing ministry of the EFCA currently extends to some 45 countries of the world.
+ What does “Evangelical” mean?
The term "Evangelical" refers to our commitment to the proclamation of the Gospel and to the authority of the Bible as being inerrant and the only safe and sufficient guide to faith and practice of the Christian faith.
+ What does “Free” mean?
The term "Free" refers to our form of church government as being congregational. Evangelical Free Churches depend upon the active participation of lay people in the decisions and directions of the local church.
+ Where did the EFCA originate?
The EFCA was formed in 1950 by the merger of two church bodies: the Swedish Evangelical Free Church and the Norwegian-Danish Evangelical Free Church associations. Both groups had been birthed in the revival movements of the late nineteenth-century among these Scandinavian ethnic groups. Today, the national and international offices of the EFCA are in Minneapolis, MN.
+ What are some distinctives of the EFCA?
- The EFCA is inclusive not exclusive.
- The EFCA is evangelic but not seperatistic.
- The EFCA is ecumenical in spirit but not in structure.
- The EFCA believes in liberty with responsibility and accountability.
- The EFCA believes in both the rational and relational dimensions of Christianity.
- The EFCA affirms the right of each local church to govern its own affairs.