Evangelical Lutheran Free Church of Norway
Oslo Østre frikirke, an Evangelical Lutheran Free Church in Oslo
The Evangelical Lutheran Free Church, or the Free Church as it is commonly known (Norwegian: Den Evangelisk Lutherske Frikirke, shortened Frikirken), is a nationwide Lutheran church in Norway consisting of 81 congregations and 21,817 baptized members. It was founded in 1877 in Moss. It is distinct from the Church of Norway, although both churches are members of the Lutheran World Federation. The Free Church is economically independent.
The Evangelical Lutheran Free Church is founded on the Bible and the Lutheran Church's confession. In the Free Church it is those who are baptized and confess the Christian faith who have the voting power. It has the authority to call its clergy and all other personnel, and it passes its own church laws.
- ↑ LWF Statistics 2009 Archived August 21, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.