ABEFC is a gospel-centered community committed to making disciples who love Jesus Christ and love others in Jesus' name.
Unity is very important to us because we believe it is important to God. Paul prayed in Romans 15:5-6 that the church at Rome would be “…of the same mind with one another…so that with one accord you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ” (emphasis mine). Our desire is that we as a church would be of the same mind so that we might glorify God with one united, harmonious voice. This oneness of mind will be nurtured and enhanced by a clear statement of our common mission and our core commitments. Let us begin then, and see what it is that God has called us as a church to be and to do.
ABEFC Statement of Faith & Confessions Affirmed
What a church believes is foundational to its health and spiritual vitality. Without sound doctrine, a church may be many things but it will not be healthy. Here you will find a number of helpful statements summarizing what we believe and teach as a church.
- The EFCA Statement of Faith summarizes well the central beliefs of our church and of the Evangelical Free Church of America. Agreement with the EFCA Statement of Faith is required of all those who want to become members of ABEFC.
- Our What We Teach statement significantly expands upon our Statement of Faith and explains more fully the doctrines that our elders, leaders, and teachers affirm.
- The Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy is affirmed by all of our elders and pastors as a faithful articulation of the doctrine of Biblical inerrancy.
- The Cambridge Declaration summarizes key principles of the protestant reformation and is affirmed by all of our elders and pastors.
- The Danvers Statement on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood outlines the biblical similarities and differences between men and women and their roles within the church. It is affirmed by all of our elders and pastors.
We believe being a committed part of a local church is central to God’s plan for every christian. This commitment includes covenanting with other believers for their good and submitting to the shepherding care of spiritual leaders.
ABEFC was started with the help of First Evangelical Free Church of Colorado Springs and consisted of twelve families. It was to be a new church serving the area of “Northeast Colorado Springs.” The first service of ABEFC was held on Sunday Morning July 16, 1972. In those early days, worship services were held in Longfellow Elementary School which is just down the street from our present location. Within the first year, attendance was averaging 80 people.
Our present property of 2.75 acres was purchased by First Evangelical Free Church and given to ABEFC for its use. Construction soon began on phase one which was to be a Multi-Purpose facility. The first service in the new building was on February 15, 1976.
Our present Sanctuary was later constructed and was dedicated in October 1984. Pastor Lance Gentry served as the Associate Pastor at ABEFC beginning in 1997 and then became the fifth Senior Pastor to serve ABEFC in 1999.