Evangelical Free Church of America
The Evangelical Free Church of America is 1,500 autonomous churches united by a mutual commitment to serve Jesus Christ with the guidance of the Holy Spirit and obedience to the Word of God. Hope Church is committed to cooperate with other churches in this denomination and other churches in Dubuque that are submitted to Jesus Christ, to see His love and message shared as a blessing to others. The EFCA currently also extends to 45 other countries.
What Does "Evangelical" Mean?
This term refers to our commitment to share the Gospel (the good news about Jesus Christ) and to the authority of Scriptures as being inerrant (without error) in their original writings, and the only trustworthy guide to faith and a God-honoring lifestyle.
What Does "Free" Mean?
This term refers to our form of church governance as being congregational. Evangelical Free Churches depend upon the active participation of lay people in the decisions and directions of each local church. At Hope Church, the congregation elects godly lay leaders called Elders to guide the direction of the church. Hope Church owns its own land, hires its own pastors and staff, and sets its own budget, all without outside approval.
The EFCA is divided in the various management districts. Hope Church is part of the Central District, including other churches in Iowa and Missouri.