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Who We AreThe Evangelical Free Church of America is an association of some 1,500 autonomous and interdependent churches and church plants united by a mutual commitment to serve our Lord Jesus Christ under 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 50 countries of the world.
The terms "Evangelical" and "Free" in our society have come to mean different things to different people. Though they may seem outdated to some, or watered down to others, we invite you to read the definitions below to get a glimpse of why they are foundational to us as a denomination. Though they may be older terms, they are as relevant today as when they were chosen by our EFCA forefathers.
What does "Evangelical" mean?
The term "Evangelical" refers to our faith, our theology. We are committed to the proclamation of the Gospel, the good news of Jesus Christ, and to the Scriptures as being the inspired, inerrant, authoritative and sufficient Word of God.
What does "Free" mean?
The term "Free" refers to our polity, our structure and organization. We are committed to a congregational form of government.
In sum, we are evangelical, which is an affirmation of our "like faith," our theology, our theological convictions (Statement of Faith); we are free, which is an affirmation of our polity, our structure, our organization—we are autonomous, congregationally governed, and interdependent (Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws).
The Evangelical Free Church of America was formed June 18, 1950 by the merger of two church bodies: the Evangelical Free Church of America (Swedish) and the Norwegian-Danish Evangelical Free Church Association. Both groups had been birthed in the revival movements of the late nineteenth century.
The Swedish group had its formal beginnings in Boone, Iowa, at a conference held in October of 1884. In that same year, two Norwegian-Danish groups began to worship and fellowship together in Boston, Massachusetts and Tacoma, Washington. By 1912, both the Swedish Evangelical Free Church and the Norwegian-Danish Evangelical Free Church Association had been formed.
Those two associations, representing 275 local congregations, were formally joined together as they gathered for a merger conference in June of 1950 at the Medicine Lake Conference Grounds near Minneapolis, Minnesota. The international and national offices of the EFCA have been located in Minneapolis since the merger took place.
The governing body of the EFCA is the annual national Leadership Conference made up of the voting delegates from each of the member autonomous churches and church plants plus credentialed ministers, tenured university faculty and chaplains. The Board of Directors, national office staff, and districts all exist to serve the local church.
EFCA Board of Directors
Members of the EFCA Board of Directors are elected on a rotating annual basis by voting delegates at the annual EFCA national Leadership Conference. They serve as the governing body for the EFCA between national Leadership Conferences and on behalf of that body.
A district is the regional presence of the EFCA designed to support local congregations and to encourage close cooperation between EFCA churches and their district. Through this cooperation, churches can more naturally establish affinity networks, engage in church planting, and initiate and support ethnic ministries. Pastors also can powerfully link together for encouragement as well as personal and ministry growth.