The Evangelical Lutheran Free Church, or the Free Church as it is commonly known, is a nationwide Lutheran church in Norway consisting of 81 congregations and 21,817 baptized members. It was founded in 1877 in Moss. It should not be confused with the Church of Norway, though 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 laws.
- ^ LWF Statistics 2009
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