Evangelical Fellowship of Canada
Evangelical Fellowship of Canada (EFC). The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada is a national association of evangelical Christian churches in Canada. In 1964, the EFC was founded to foster cooperation and collaboration between a variety of evangelical Christians and their denominations. With headquarters in Markham, Ont, and an office in Ottawa, the EFC includes affiliate denominations, ministry organizations, post-secondary educational institutions and individual congregations. The Centre for Faith and Public Life, located in Ottawa, promotes discussion on contemporary issues between the ministries and provides administrative support and research regarding the evangelical movement and member initiatives.
In 2009, the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada comprised 39 affiliated members. Individual congregations include evangelicals who are members of mainstream denominations as well as other denominations not formally affiliated with the EFC. One of the largest affiliate church denominations is the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada. Others include the SALVATION ARMY, the Mennonite Church of Canada, Canadian Baptist Ministries, the Christian Reformed Church, the Christian and Missionary Alliance, the Anglican Network in Canada, and the Fellowship of Evangelical Baptist Churches.
The EFC gathers evangelicals together for influence, impact and identity in ministry and public witness. It serves as a forum for interaction and stimulation for Canada's Protestant evangelicals. The EFC provides a platform for partnerships from a variety of ministry sectors including First Nations communities, educational institutions, clergy, global missions, missional churches, children, youth and adults. The EFC also represents an evangelical voice to the media, government, courts and the general public. The EFC produces a bimonthly magazine, Faith Today (formerly Faith Alive), a weekly email newsletter, EFC Update, and the radio program, Canada Watch.
See alsoEVANGELICAL AND FUNDAMENTALIST MOVEMENTS and EVANGELISM AND EVANGELICALS.