“We're better when we're together.”
E-Free Church's purpose is to meet as many people as possible right where they are and help move them to where God wants them to be by saturating Northern Michigan with the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the teaching of the Word of God. We realize that there are many church's who cannot find or afford a preaching pastor as well as many groups of people who are meeting regularly for corporate worship without a pastor or Bible teacher. The concept of E-Free Affiliates allows us to use the media resources that God has blessed us with to provide solid, practical and relevant Bible teaching to these churches/groups so that spiritual growth takes place.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is an Affiliate of the E-Free Church?
An Affiliate of E-Free Church is a group of people or individual churches who meet together regularly for worship using E-Free Church’s sermon resources and who look to E-Free Church for encouragement, prayer support and advice but who have no ecclesiastical, financial or legal connection to E-Free Church.
How is an affiliate different than a satellite campus of the E-free church?
Satellite Campuses are official legal extensions of E-Free Church in which E-Free Church has ecclesiastical, legal and financial responsibility and oversight. Affiliates are not legal entities of E-Free Church meaning that E-Free Church does not carry any ecclesiastical, financial, legal, governance or oversight responsibility in the relationship. Each affiliate maintains their own total governance and decision-making for their church/group
Who can benefit from an affiliate relationship with e-free church?
- Churches who do not have or cannot afford a preaching pastor
- Churches who are in between pastors
- Small groups of people who meet together regularly for worship but who do not consider themselves a church
- Church plants
What does e-free church provide for affiliates?
- Hi-definition video sermon resources
- Promotional graphics for most sermon series
- Sermon notes associated with most sermon series that are suitable for copying
- Sharing of ideas, encouragement and experiences
- Prayer Support
- Ministry Advice as requested
What is required by e-free church of its affiliates?
- Total agreement with the E-Free Church Statement of Faith
- A commitment to regularly use E-Free Church Sermon Resources without alteration in main worship gatherings
- Weekly report sheet to E-Free Church
- Prayer Support for E-Free Church
Is there a cost to be an affiliate of the e-free church?
While there is no required cost to be an Affiliate of E-Free Church, a love gift to E-Free Church to help with costs entailed in the relationship is suggested based on average attendance:
- Under 50 people = $150.00/quarter ($600.00/year)
- 50-100 people = $300.00/quarter ($1200.00/year)
- 100-150 people = $450.00/quarter ($1800.00/year)
- 150-200 people = $600.00/quarter ($2400.00/year)
- 200-250 people = $750.00/quarter ($3000.00/year)
- Over 250 people = $900.00/quarter ($3600.00/year)
how long in duration is the relationship between e-free church and their affiliates?
While E-Free Church or its Affiliate can end the relationship at any time, a review of the relationship between E-Free Church and its Affiliates will be conducted every 12-months
What is the process of becoming an affiliate of e-Free church?
- An application must be submitted by the person that has oversight for the church/group.
- Once the application is received and reviewed by the Lead Pastor of E-Free Church, an interview will take place between the person(s) who have oversight of the applying church/group and the Lead Pastor of E-Free Church (live or via SKYPE).
- Once the interview is completed, the Lead Pastor will bring a recommendation to the Elder Board of E-Free Church who must approve all affiliate relationships.
- Once approval is given by the Elder Board of E-Free Church, an Affiliate Agreement will be signed by the person who has oversight of the affiliate and the Lead Pastor and Elder Board Chairman of E-Free Church
how does an affiliate access e-free church's sermon videos, graphics and notes?
Once an affiliate is approved and the Affiliate Agreement has been signed, a designated person will be provided with a link in which they can set up a username and password in order to access the following resources at any time:
- Hi-Def Sermon Video Series
- Message Series Graphics
- Individual Sermon Notes
- Special Videos (i.e. Gospel Presentation; Who is E-Free Church? What is an Affiliate? Etc.)
- Other Resources