• Intro
  • Churches
  • Ethnic Churches
  • Districts
  • Missionaries
  • Leadership
  • Attendees
  • Origins
  • Growth
  • Mergers
  • Ministries
  • Universities
  • Our Work

We are committed 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.

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1,322
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In the United States there are 1,322 EFCA churches and 170 church plants.

EFCA ethnic (non-white) and multi-ethnic churches: 43

120 multi-site or second language services

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1,500

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.

Close to 563 missionaries serve in more than 80 countries.

EFCA President Dr. William J. Hamel helps guide our ministries and leaders toward a common vision. He collaborates with district superintendents and our Directional Team, made up of major ministry leaders.

More than 372,320 people attend an EFCA church weekly.

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.

In 1950, two existing collections of churches—the Norwegian Danish and Swedish Evangelical Free Church Associations—merged. The result? The Evangelical Free Church of America.

From church multiplication to leader health to crisis response to student ministry, EFCA churches share a passion to do God's work both at home and abroad.

Learn more about specific ministries or see an overview.

Our belief in an education focused on biblical truth goes back more than a hundred years. Our affiliate universities make us proud—for the quality of education and the spirit behind it: Trinity International University, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Trinity Western University.

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.

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Discover more ways to get involved in our work both at home and abroad. We span the globe responding to disasters, planting churches and supporting missionaries.