Ask a question about 'Evangelical Lutheran Free Church of Norway'
Start a new discussion about 'Evangelical Lutheran Free Church of Norway'
Answer questions from other users
The Evangelical Lutheran Free Church
, or the Free Church as it is commonly known, is a nationwide Lutheran church in Norway
Norway , officially the Kingdom of Norway, is a Nordic unitary constitutional monarchy whose territory comprises the western portion of the Scandinavian Peninsula, Jan Mayen, and the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard and Bouvet Island. Norway has a total area of and a population of about 4.9 million...
consisting of 81 congregations and 21,817 baptized members. It was founded in 1877 in Moss
is a coastal city and a municipality in Østfold county, Norway. The administrative centre of the municipality is the town of Moss. The city of Moss was established as a municipality on 1 January 1838...
. It should not be confused with the Church of Norway
The Church of Norway is the state church of Norway, established after the Lutheran reformation in Denmark-Norway in 1536-1537 broke the ties to the Holy See. The church confesses the Lutheran Christian faith...
, though both churches are members of the Lutheran World Federation
The Lutheran World Federation is a global communion of national and regional Lutheran churches headquartered in the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva, Switzerland. The federation was founded in the Swedish city of Lund in the aftermath of the Second World War in 1947 to coordinate the activities of the...
. The Free Church is economically independent.
The Evangelical Lutheran Free Church is founded on the Bible
The Bible refers to any one of the collections of the primary religious texts of Judaism and Christianity. There is no common version of the Bible, as the individual books , their contents and their order vary among denominations...
and the Lutheran Church's confession. In the Free Church it is those who are baptized and confess the Christian
A Christian is a person who adheres to Christianity, an Abrahamic, monotheistic religion based on the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth as recorded in the Canonical gospels and the letters of the New Testament...
faith who have the voting power. It has the authority to call its clergy and all other personnel, and it passes its own laws.