EFCC is a fellowship of about 120 independent churches in the United Kingdom. These are churches that trace their spiritual ancestry back to the Brownists of the 16th Century (Robert Browne, John Greenwood, Henry Barrow and John Penry) and many of the Puritans (such as John Owen, John Cotton and Thomas Goodwin).

Congregationalism, following the teachings of the New Testament, believes that each local church is completely autonomous, under the headship of Jesus Christ, and has within itself all that it needs for the health and well being of the church. Congregationalism thus has no denominational hierarchy above the local church. EFCC does not exist to provide any such hierarchy, but to provide like-minded churches with a means of mutual encouragement and support.

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