Who We Are:
The Saskatoon Evangelical Free Church is part of a larger network of over 140 Evangelical Free Churches across Canada. Our local fellowship seeks to serve Jesus Christ and our community here in Saskatoon. We meet together regularly for worship and teaching, prayer and fellowship, so that we might encourage each other to share our faith in Christ with the world and live lives of hope and obedience to Him. We believe that the Bible is the Word of God and is relevant in meeting the real needs of people in the new millennium.
In the past ten years God has begun to transform us into a more missional church, giving us a vision for Five Zones Of Ministry. This vision has become the grid for our prayer, support, and ministry decisions. Included in this paradigm is the support of missionaries in four specific countries around the world as well as local outreach opportunities here in Saskatoon. God has also increased our vision for youth ministry as we reach out to our community.
We believe that you will find faith and friendship at this church. We have a great mix of young families, singles, middlers, youth and seniors. We design our Sunday morning worship with these diverse groups in mind. We seek to maintain a healthy blend of contemporary and traditional worship to encourage all ages in their walk with Christ. We trust that you will experience the love of Jesus when you visit us. We hope that you find our church to be a warm and welcoming group of believers who challenge each other to grow in our walk with Christ and who support each other in our love of God!
In the spring of 1979, a group of believers were looking for a fresh start. For a church where they could grow, fellowship & serve Christ together. One person in the group heard that the Evangelical Free Church of America was branching out into Canada. The were looking for a congregation to begin in Saskatoon so our fellowship approached the denomination about partnering with the EFCC and that summer the Saskatoon Evangelical Free Church was born. The Evangelical Free Church Of America was very helpful in the purchase of our property and the subsidy of a budget until our church could establish itself financially.
SEFC began with several families of which 25 people became charter members. Initial services were held in the Father Vachon School on Centennial Drive under the leadership of Rev. George Litke. During the next three years, the small fellowship began to grow. It was at this time that God provided a strategic piece of land on the corner of Circle Drive and Laurier and in June of 1982 the Saskatoon Evangelical Free Church moved into Phase I. As we continued to grow throughout the 1990s we recognized the need for more space so under the leadership of Rev. Bill Taylor we began a Capital Campaign for Phase 2. In May of 2000, we completed the second phase of our facility, adding a new sanctuary as well as additional office space and Christian Education classrooms. It was at the beginning of that year that our current pastor, Rev. Alan Harstone, arrived.
What we believe:
The Evangelical Free Church of Canada is an association of autonomous churches united in a common commitment to God’s evangel–the gospel of Jesus Christ, who died and rose again to give us eternal life. To God’s glory, the gospel is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes. Our essential theological convictions are vitally connected to this gospel.
God’s gospel originates in and expresses the wondrous perfections of the eternal, triune God.
- We believe in one God, Creator of all things, holy, infinitely perfect, and eternally existing in a loving unity of three equally divine Persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Having limitless knowledge and sovereign power, God has graciously purposed from eternity to redeem a people for Himself and to make all things new for His own glory.
God’s gospel is authoritatively revealed in the Scriptures.
- We believe that God has spoken in the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, through the words of human authors. As the verbally inspired Word of God, the Bible is without error in the original writings, the complete revelation of His will for salvation, and the ultimate authority by which every realm of human knowledge and endeavour should be judged. Therefore, it is to be believed in all that it teaches, obeyed in all that it requires, and trusted in all that it promises.
God’s gospel alone addresses our deepest need.
- We believe that God created Adam and Eve in His image, but they sinned when tempted by Satan. In union with Adam, human beings are sinners by nature and by choice, alienated from God, and under His wrath. Only through God’s saving work in Jesus Christ can we be rescued, reconciled and renewed.
God’s gospel is made known supremely in the Person of Jesus Christ.
- We believe that Jesus Christ is God incarnate, fully God and fully man, one Person in two natures. Jesus— Israel’s promised Messiah— was conceived through the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He lived a sinless life, was crucified under Pontius Pilate, arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father as our High Priest and Advocate.
God’s gospel is accomplished through the work of Christ.
- We believe that Jesus Christ, as our representative and substitute, shed His blood on the cross as the perfect, all-sufficient sacrifice for our sins. His atoning death and victorious resurrection constitute the only ground for salvation.
God’s gospel is applied by the power of the Holy Spirit.
- We believe that the Holy Spirit, in all that He does, glorifies the Lord
Jesus Christ. He convicts the world of its guilt. He regenerates sinners, and in Him they are baptized into union with Christ and adopted as heirs in the family of God. He also indwells, illuminates, guides, equips and empowers believers for Christ-like living and service.
God’s gospel is now embodied in the new community called the church.
- We believe that the true church comprises all who have been justified by God’s grace through faith alone in Christ alone. They are united by the Holy Spirit in the body of Christ, of which He is the Head. The true church is manifest in local churches, whose membership should be composed only of believers. The Lord Jesus mandated two ordinances, baptism and the Lord’s Supper, which visibly and tangibly express the gospel. Though they are not the means of salvation, when celebrated by the church in genuine faith, these ordinances confirm and nourish the believer.
God’s gospel compels us to Christ-like living and witness to the world.
- We believe that God’s justifying grace must not be separated from His sanctifying power and purpose. God commands us to love Him supremely and others sacrificially, and to live out our faith with care for one another, compassion toward the poor and justice for the oppressed. With God’s Word, the Spirit’s power, and fervent prayer in Christ’s name, we are to combat the spiritual forces of evil. In obedience to Christ’s commission, we are to make disciples among all people, always bearing witness to the gospel in word and deed.
God’s gospel will be brought to fulfillment by the Lord Himself at the end of this age.
- We believe in the personal, bodily and glorious return of our Lord Jesus Christ with His holy angels when He will bring His kingdom to fulfillment and exercise His role as Judge of all. This coming of Christ, at a time known only to God, demands constant expectancy and, as our blessed hope, motivates the believer to godly living, sacrificial service and energetic mission.
God’s gospel requires a response that has eternal consequences.
- We believe that God commands everyone everywhere to believe the gospel by turning to Him in repentance and receiving the Lord Jesus Christ. We believe that God will raise the dead bodily and judge the world, assigning the unbeliever to condemnation and eternal conscious punishment and the believer to eternal blessedness and joy with the Lord in the new heaven and the new earth, to the praise of His glorious grace. Amen.