The EFCA is an association of local churches, districts, and national and international ministries, knit together by a shared Statement of Faith, mission and vision, and funded through voluntary support from churches and individuals. As a part of the EFCA, your church is stronger when the movement is stronger.
Your support allows us to grow and expand the work of the EFCA bringing people to Christ. Each EFCA church is encouraged to contribute just 1% (plus the percentage the local district requests) to strengthen specific national and international ministry projects that help your church, EFCA districts and the broader EFCA movement accomplish kingdom ministry. These contributions are made to the Partnership Fund.
Partnership Fund FAQ
What does the Partnership Fund do?
Through partnership with churches, Partnership Fund contributions assist in providing the essential ministry support functions of the EFCA national office. Contributions to districts do the same. The Partnership Fund is about churches uniting together to accomplish the EFCA’s mission.
Partnership Fund gifts are unrestricted, making possible the strengthening of local, regional, national and international ministries of the EFCA. A strengthened EFCA enables the following ministries to the local church
Office of the President
- Casting vision
- Coordination of ministry among churches and districts
- Consulting services to churches on mission, governance & effectiveness
- Credentialing and guarding EFCA’s theological integrity
- Providing biblical and theological resources
- And more
- Training international movement leaders
- Developing local church mission strategies
- Responding to crises with resources and the gospel
- Facilitating sponsorship of thousands of children
- Training and caring for 550+ missionaries
- Effective international evangelism, discipleship, and multiplication training
- And more
- Church planting, mentoring and coaching
- Training in multi-ethnic ministries, biblical diversity, compassion, and justice
- Encouraging best practices through pastor clusters and affinity groups
- Resourcing student ministries and the Challenge conference
- Coordinating unified district and national ministries to the local church
- And more
Why are Partnership Fund contributions recommended at 1% of a churches annual budget?
Many denominations have mandatory contributions of 5-10%. We believe this can be restrictive and inhibit local church growth. The EFCA set an amount of 1% based on budgeted need. Currently, the Partnership Fund accounts for 26% of the EFCA national office’s needed revenue. If 100% of churches contributed at the full 1%, funding would be sufficient, predictable, and enable a variety of essential resources and services to the local church.
Does every EFCA church contribute to the Partnership Fund?
All EFCA churches benefit through district, national, and international ministries. Currently, 64% of EFCA churches voluntarily contribute to the Partnership Fund.
The preferred future of sufficient and predictable funding is 100% of EFCA churches willingly and gladly supporting the national office with 1% of their annual budget, providing funding for 47% of national office ministry expenses.
How do local churches benefit?
Giving to the Partnership Fund is not a strict transactional activity in which a church is purchasing services in exchange for their financial support. Key benefits to the local church made possible through local church support include:
- Guarding of theological integrity through credentialing
- Providing biblical and theological resources for understanding and engaging culture
- Informal theological training
- Casting of vision and cooperative coordination of districts in unified ministry
- The Challenge youth conference and ongoing mentoring and training of youth leaders
- Expanding our ethnic church presence
- The EFCA One conference for connection, edification and vision
- Representation on the board of Trinity International University and Trinity Western University
- Church planting training, mentoring and coaching
- Training in multi-ethnic ministries, biblical diversity, justice initiatives and compassion
- Resourcing and connecting of pastors and leaders through EFCA One, the annual Theology Conference, and multiple affinity groups
- Domestic and global crisis response coordination
- Coaching and training in effective short and long term mission opportunities
- Connecting the local church to missionary personnel and projects in more than 40 countries
- Ensuring a healthy international mission strategy and healthy personnel for 550+ staff
- Consulting services to local churches on mission, vision, governance and effectiveness
- Conflict resolution services and pastoral restoration ministry
- Maintaining a 501(c)(3) group tax exemption database with IRS
- Pastoral search services
When my church sends a monthly or quarterly check to my district, how much goes to the EFCA national office?
Each EFCA district is an independent entity with employees, budgets and needs separate from the national office. Funds received by the district are for the needs of the district. Conversely, funds received by the national office are for the needs of the national office, not the district. It may seem cumbersome, but under our current structure, two checks are necessary.
When my church supports missionaries are we giving to the Partnership Fund?
Missionary support is different and separate from Partnership Fund giving. Each missionary must raise their support through donations from churches and individuals. This covers their monthly salary/benefits and ministry expenses. It also covers an allocation for services such as accounting, processing of support, computer hardware and software, and other administrative services provided by the EFCA national office.
Is the Partnership Fund the same as the EFCA Fund (Formerly National Ministries Fund and Global Vision Partners)?
The Partnership Fund is financial support given by churches that strengthens the three ministry divisions at the EFCA national office: ReachGlobal, ReachNational, and National Office ministries and the services they provide to local churches and districts. The EFCA Fund is financial support given by individuals towards the domestic and global ministries of the EFCA national office.