The Evangelical Free Church is inclusive not exclusive.
Today's culture consists of people with sad histories of
dysfunction, failed relationships, emotional trauma and scarring
due to a variety of sins of the past. It is the conviction of
Evangelical Free Church people that a person in Christ is a new
creation of God. If such persons qualify to be members of the
body of Christ, then surely they must be made welcome as members
and participants in the Evangelical Free Church family. We seek
to be inclusive!
The Evangelical Free Church is evangelical but not separatistic.
The Evangelical Free Church is born out of a heritage of
commitment to the authority and inerrancy of Scripture. We have
our convictions and we state them positively and with biblical
persuasion, but we are not ready to draw battle lines over minor
points. We do not make minor issues of doctrine a test of
fellowship in the local church. We are evangelical, we believe
in separated living, we promote personal holiness, but we are
not separatistic in our mindset.
The Evangelical Free Church is ecumenical in spirit though not
The Evangelical Free Church of Canada cooperates with the
Evangelical Free Church of America in a partnership relationship
in overseas missions. It is also a member of The Evangelical
Fellowship of Canada and its auxiliary relief agency, World
Relief Canada. In addition, local Evangelical Free Churches,
district organizations, and the national office of the EFCC are
quick to join with other movements, causes, and organizations
that seek to advance the cause of Christ. We want to be first
Kingdom-minded and only secondarily denominationally-minded.
The Evangelical Free Church believes in liberty with
We believe in Christian liberty, but freedom always has its
limitations. Responsible people never abuse freedom. The Apostle
Paul speaks forcibly on Christian liberty in the book of
Galatians. He shatters the legalist with the doctrine of grace.
But in the books of First and Second Corinthians and Romans, the
apostle also rebukes believers when liberty is abused. He
declares boldly the principles of Christian liberty but speaks
with equal forcefulness about Christian accountability. The
Evangelical Free Church desires to preserve our freedom in
Christ, but wishes its people to be responsible, godly men,
women and young people who want to live in obedience to the
principles and precepts of God's Word and live in harmony with
God's will for life as revealed in the Scriptures.
The Evangelical Free Church believes in both the rational and
relational dimensions of Christianity.
We believe the Scriptures must be applied to our individual
lives with warmth of heart, warmth of message, and warmth of
concern. We believe it is essential to have solid biblical
content in our doctrinal understanding of faith, but it is
equally important to have a dynamic, vital relationship to God
the Father through Jesus Christ the Son and live in the power of
the Holy Spirit. Sound Christian doctrine must be coupled with
dynamic Christian experience.
The Evangelical Free Church is congregational in government.
The Evangelical Free Church is committed to a congregational
form of government, as stated in Article 10 of our Statement of
Faith: "We believe that Jesus Christ is Lord and Head of the
Church, and that every local church has the right, under Christ,
to decide and govern its own affairs."
Strong pastoral leadership coupled with Spirit-controlled
Christian lay people can produce efficient and effective church
growth. The New Testament emphasizes the importance of the
"body" of Christ ministering through the spiritual gifts that
have been given to each believer. The congregational form of
church government gives the fullest opportunity to harness and
utilize the gifts to be used within the local church.