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Free Church

Chiefly Brit
a. any Protestant Church, esp the Presbyterian, other than the Established Church
b. (as modifier): Free-Church attitudes
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Mission in Germany is crucial in both the more evangelical and the more Pentecostal-orientated Free churches. It is the wish of both parts of the Free Church movement to be shaped by mission, as is doubtless the case for almost all churches.
Yarnell does not associate pacifism with free churches, but asserts that "God demanded" that the American colonies revolt "to preserve 'freedom from the domination of arbitrary power'" (199).
Vello Salo, an Estonian Roman Catholic theologian and church historian, does not doubt that the All-Union campaign to bring Free Churches together into the Union of Evangelical Christians and Baptists was started with the aim "to place the Free Churches under government control." (7) There might have been an additional hidden agenda.
The three heads of Birmingham Churches Together, the Rev Christina Le Moignan (Free Churches), the Most Rev Vincent Nichols (Roman Catholic) and the Rt Rev Mark Santer (Church of England), have also urged churchgoers to hold overnight or daytime vigils to prick the consciences of the world leaders.
V.'s study deals with a number of areas that still need further critical reflection not only in Orthodox and Catholic ecclesiologies, but also in those of the Free Churches.
Important church messages of the Free Churches that function as confessions are not included, such as the "Baptist Faith and Message" of the Southern Baptist Convention, which has recently come to function as a creed or confession.
I APPEAL for help from one of Birmingham's Free Churches, and publicise an injustice many people are suffering in being refused permission to re-marry in the Church of England?
He said: "The home is run on a Christian ethos but these days we provide care not only to members of the Free Churches but to Anglicans, Roman Catholics and those of other faiths, or non-believers.
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Cormac Murphy O'Connor, the Rev David Coffey, Moderator of the Free Churches, and the Rev Esme Beswick of the Joint Anglo-Caribbean Council of Churches, said they had been heartened by the response to the Asian tsunami disaster.
When historians have occasionally referred to the Grindelwald Conferences, it has usually been to recognize their connection with the establishment of the National Council of Evangelical Free Churches. Yet even this connection has, for the same reason, been poorly understood.
The research, conducted by London-based Christian Research, was based on a survey of nearly 38,000 Anglican, Catholic, Methodist and Free churches in England.
It portrays difficulties, common also to other free churches in Europe, such as working in the rocky secular soil of Western Europe--including decline in Scandinavia.