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The Evangelical Free Church Directories present the reader with the official statistics and personnel of the Evangelical Free Church of America. Published annually, these documents record the growth and number of EFCA congregations in the United States as well as their pastors, ministers, and organizations.

 

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        1977 EFCA yearbook cover

 

Annual directories and congregational statistics were kept as early as the 1880s by the Swedish Evangelical Free Church and the Norwegian-Danish Free Church Association, the two predecessors of the modern EFCA. This practice continued after their merger in 1950 and these documents are published to this day.

 

The Directories were originally published as a compilation of denomination yearbook, meeting minutes and reports of the annual gathering of Free Church officials and ministers. These sections were gradually published as separate documents over time.

 

The EFCA directories and yearbooks are significant for tracking the spread of EFCA churches and people across the United States over time. As documents they list year after year the name, location, and address of various churches, as well as names of pastors and organization leaders (e.g. Choir, Sunday Schools, Young Peoples' Societies, etc.). Some listings will occasionally include membership figures, allowing the reader to tally the growth of individual congregations over time, where possible. The inclusion of annual reports also gives one a chance to examine the polity and decision-making process of the EFCA.

 

The EFCA Archives and the staff at Trinity International University's Rolfing Library will add more directories to this collection as time and resources allow. A near-complete run of the directories/year books can be found at the EFCA archives in Minneapolis, with Rolfing Library possessing copies going back to 1935. If you are interested in visiting to conduct research, please contact either the staff at Rolfing Library at 847-317-4001 or email at libref@tiu.edu, or contact the EFCA staff at archives@efca.org, 800-745-2202. 

 

Questions about this collection? Contact: libref@tiu.edu or call 847-317-4001.

 
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