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"And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ."

2 Thessalonians 3:5

About Us

The Evangelical Fellowship of Free Churches exists to glorify God in the fulfillment of the Great Commission. This is realized in our Evangelical Fellowship of Free Churches by actively supporting the work of planting churches, sponsoring missionaries, and facilitating the ordination of pastors in their local churches.
 
The Evangelical Fellowship of Free Churches is a fellowship of churches that are evangelical in doctrine and free in polity. We desire never to become a denomination, but to remain a fellowship of churches that are united in our statement of faith.

The Intermountain West District (IWD) is the parent district within the EFFC. A district is a group of churches within neighboring states. Currently the IWD is the only district within the EFFC. The IWD includes member churches in Wyoming, Utah and Idaho. Our desire is to develop other districts within the fellowship of the EFFC throughout the United States and around the world. As the Lord adds churches to our fellowship, new districts will prayerfully be developed.

EFFC Statement of Faith

We believe:

1. The Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, to be the inspired Word of God, without error in the original writings, the complete revelation of His will for the salvation of men, and the Divine and final authority for all Christian faith and life.
2 Peter 1:19-21
2 Timothy 3:15-17
Colossians 3:16

2. In one God, Creator of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Genesis 1:1
John 4:24
Psalm 90:2
Matthew 19:26
1 John 3:20
Matthew 28:19
John 17:3
Revelation 4:11

3. That Jesus Christ is true God and true man, having been conceived of the Holy Ghost and born of the virgin Mary. He died on the cross a sacrifice for our sins according to the Scriptures. Further, He arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven, where at the right hand of the Majesty on High, He now is our High Priest and Advocate.

Matthew 1:23
John 1:14
1 Peter 3:18
1 Corinthians 15:3-4
2 Timothy 2:8
Acts 1:9
Hebrews 8:1
John 1:1
Hebrews 1:8
Matthew 1:18
Hebrews 1:3
Hebrews 7:25
Hebrews 9:24

4. That the ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ, and during this age to convict men, regenerate the believing sinner, indwell, guide, instruct and empower the believer for godly living and service.
John 14:26
John 14:17
John 15:26
John 16:7-14
Titus 3: 5
Romans 8:14
Ephesians 3:16
Galatians 5:22-23
Romans 6:13
Romans 8:12
Ephesians 4:22-24
Colossians 3:10
1 Peter1:14-16

5. That man was created in the image of God, but fell into sin and is therefore lost and only through regeneration by the Holy Spirit can salvation and spiritual life be obtained.
Genesis 1:26-27
Genesis 3:1-6
Isaiah 53:6
John 3:3
Romans 3:22-23
Romans 5:12-15
Titus 3:3-7

6. That the shed blood of Jesus Christ and His resurrection provide the only ground for justification and salvation for all who believe, and only such as receive Jesus Christ are born of the Holy Spirit, and thus become children of God.
Romans 5:8-10
2 Corinthians 5:21
John 1:12-13
1 John 2:20,27
1 John 3:5-9
Acts 4:12
Colossians 1:20
Romans 6:5-6
Titus 3:5-7
Ephesians 1:13-14
Ephesians 4:30

7. That water baptism and the Lord’s Supper are ordinances to be observed by the Church during the present age. They are, however, not to be regarded as means of salvation.
Matthew 28:19
Luke 22:19
Acts 2:38,41-42
Acts 8:36-39
Acts 10:44-48
Acts 16:31-33
Acts 18:8
Acts 22:16
Romans 6:3-4
1 Corinthians 11:23-26

8. That the true Church is composed of all such persons who through saving faith in Jesus Christ have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit and are united together in the body of Christ of which He is the head.
Acts 2:47
Romans 8:9
Ephesians 1:22-23
John 6:37-40
John 10:27-30
Romans 8:38-39
1 Corinthians 1:4-8
1 Peter 1:5
1 Corinthians 3:11-15
Galatians 5:13
Titus 2:11-13
1 Corinthians 12:12-14,27
Colossians 1:18

9. That only those who are thus members of the true Church shall be eligible for membership in the local church.
Acts 2
1 Corinthians 1:2
Colossians 4:15-16
Romans 14:1

10. That Jesus Christ is the Lord and Head of the Church, and that every local church has the right, under Christ, to decide and govern its own affairs.
Acts 13:1-3
Ephesians 1:22
Colossians 1:18

11. In the personal and premillennial and imminent coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and that this “Blessed Hope” has a vital bearing on the personal life and service of the believer.
John 14:3
Matthew 24:36
1 John 2:28
1 John 3:2,3
Acts 1:11
1 Corinthians 15:51-52
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
Zechariah 14:4-11
Revelation 19:11-16
Revelation 20:1-6
1 Thessalonians 5:9
Revelation 3:10
Titus 2:13-14

12. In the bodily resurrection of the dead; of the believer to everlasting blessedness and joy with the Lord; of the unbeliever to judgment and everlasting conscious punishment.
1 Corinthians 15
Revelation 20:6
John 5:28-29
1 Thessalonians 4:16-17
John 5:28-29
Job 1:6-7
Matthew 4:2-11
Matthew 25:41
Isaiah 14:12-17
Revelation 20:10-15

Superintendent IWD of the EFFC

Pastor Rich Carlson

Office Address

Office Mailing Address

Evangelical Fellowship of Free Churches
P.O. Box 807
Rock Springs, WY 82902

Phone Number

(307) 362-8910 - office
(307) 389-8910 - mobile

Fax Number

(307) 362-8911

Email Address

Officers and Leaders of the Intermountain West District of the EFFC

Chairman: Bill Lowe, 1-801-278-8844
Vice Chairman: Pastor Phil Foard, 1-801-561-4156
Secretary: Pastor Will Cornell, 1-307-389-8590
Financial Secretary: Pastor Larry Johnson, 1-307-389-0367
Treasurer: Cheryl Tarno
Chairman, Board of Ministerial Standing: Pastor Nate Good, 1-208-834-2655
Website Developer, Pastor Kevin Kneeland, 1-307-362-8910
Intermountain West District Secretary: Tammy Wollman, 1-307-362-8910
Superintendent: Pastor Richard Carlson, 1-307-362-8910

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT THE EFFC

Is the EFFC a denomination or an association within a denomination?

The EFFC is an autonomous fellowship of churches which include both independent churches as well as churches from different denominations who desire close fellowship under the banner of the EFFC statement of faith. We are not an association within a denomination or a denomination.  We are a fellowship of Evangelical Churches. 

 

Does the EFFC have a home office?

The Intermountain West District of the EFFC, the first and original founding district of the EFFC, is our home office. Our address is The Intermountain West District, EFFC, P.O. Box 807, Rock Springs, WY 82902.

 

How does the EFFC cooperate for the furtherance of the Gospel?

Our cooperation as participating EFFC churches has an overarching goal of reaching lost sinners for Jesus Christ. Since our participating churches come from different backgrounds and denominations, but ascribe to the EFFC statement of faith, our affiliation is not as binding as denominational ties. Yet we are a close affiliation of churches that are evangelical in doctrine and free in polity who are seeking together to reach the lost for Jesus Christ in our region or district. We desire fellowship apart from denominational expectations or mandates. However, we encourage all our affiliated denominational churches to maintain strong ties with their denomination, whereby their finances and denominational expectations always come first before any hopes or purposes of the EFFC. We do not seek to build hospitals, schools, publishing houses, or have a foreign mission agency. We desire to be a blessing to participating churches in our fellowship that would enable them to be better denominational or independent churches.

 

What is the difference between the independent Intermountain West District (IWD) and the Evangelical Fellowship of Free Churches (EFFC)?

Both organizations are independent of denominational ties, but the Intermountain West District, as all other developing districts in the future, is the organization that votes and does business related to the EFFC. The EFFC purpose is to be a covering for churches and districts of participating churches that unite under our statement of faith. The EFFC will not have a president or officers, but is a loosely tied fellowship of districts and churches whose only officers will be the district officers of the Intermountain West District of the EFFC.

 

How often and where does the EFFC convene?

The EFFC will not convene unless the IWD district votes to extend a welcome of other EFFC districts and churches to an EFFC celebration to bring all our EFFC churches from different districts together. The annual conference of the Intermountain West District will be the annual conference of the EFFC until other districts in the EFFC develop.

 

How is the EFFC funded?  How can I donate?

Funding for the EFFC comes solely through the gifts of individuals and churches who share in the EFFC purpose and vision to plant churches and develop local churches to win the lost for Christ under the banner of our united statement of faith. All gifts used to support the EFFC should be donated to The Intermountain West District, EFFC, P. O. Box 807, Rock Springs, WY 82902. All gifts will go to support the purpose and vision of the EFFC. All designated gifts will be used in accordance with the prescribed designation within the EFFC or to its affiliates.

 

How does the EFFC determine leadership?

Until substantial growth occurs in the EFFC, the leadership of the EFFC is the leadership of the Intermountain West District.

 

Does the EFFC ordain ministers of the Gospel and through what process and authority does it do this?

The EFFC will not ordain ministers of the Gospel, nor will the Intermountain West District or any other developing districts of the EFFC. The purpose of the EFFC, as well as each of our districts, is to aid participating churches in ordaining their own ministers within their own local church.

 

If we, as a church or organization, wish to join with the EFFC – how do we do this?  Are there requirements in theology or purpose?

To join the EFFC comes by joining the Intermountain West District or any other district which develops in the EFFC. Joining is available by agreeing to subscribe as a participating church to the EFFC statement of faith. See the EFFC website for our statement of faith. There are no other theological or purpose requirements.

 

The EFFC is a new fellowship.  Are there any areas of immediate need that I could help with?

Absolutely! We have prayer needs listed on our website. We need intercessors. We have financial needs in the Intermountain West District of the EFFC. Regular monthly gifts will go far in making the difference as we grow for the glory of Christ. We need supporters who will give both monthly gifts and one time gifts which we hope to use to assist and to plant autonomous churches who uphold our EFFC statement of faith.

 

If I wish to advertise on the Bulletin Board on the EFFC site, what are the requirements?

Our website offers advertising of special events for all our participating EFFC churches and affiliates. Call these events in by dialing 1-307-362-8910.