“Glorifying Jesus By Bringing People In, Training Believers Up & Sending Disciples Out”
The purpose of our vision is to create a balanced approach to our ministry. We believe these principles represent the fundamentals of an effective and evergreen church. These fundamentals were evidenced in the creation of the early church. We believe that neglect of any of these leads to a church that eventually becomes stagnant and ineffective.
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And Surely I will be with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Jesus replied: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.
2 Timothy 2:2
And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others.
“In essentials, unity. In non-essentials, charity. In all things, Jesus Christ.” – Chrysostom
That quote captures the ethos of the EFCA. And the essentials of the faith are summarized in the EFCA Statement of Faith, which was refreshed on June 26, 2008. Christianity Today wrote an interesting article about the reasons why here. Beyond the Statement of Faith, the EFCA has several distinctives, which are described here.
The EFCA is an association of some 1,500 autonomous and interdependent churches 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 Though they may seem outdated to some, or watered down to others, we invite you to read the definitions below to get a glimpse of why they are foundational to us as a denomination.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 and 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).
Battle cries of the early Free church people were, Where Stands it Written, referring to the authority of scripture, and Belivers Only, but All Believers, referring to the lone requirement for church membership.