Free Churches Group

Since the 1880s there have been bodies established to enable the Free Churches to have a common voice and public presence. The Declaratory Statement of Faith and Practice from 1917 continues to serve as the basis for membership.

In 1940 the Free Church Federal Council was created, bringing together a number of predecessor bodies.

The current Free Churches Group comprises 24 denominations, some of whom are also in membership with Churches Together in England.

A public presence is given through the Moderator, The Moderator, Revd Dr Hugh Osgood who also serves as one of the Presidents of Churches Together in England and links with a number of other key organisations.

Public issues are monitored and, where appropriate representation is made to government and others. Smaller member denominations are particularly supported in matters relating to legislation which affects their life and mission.

The Free Church Federal Council Inc.

The legal body, established in 1940, which remains behind the work of the Group is the Free Church Federal Council Inc. (Registered Charity No. 236878 Registered Company No. 5354231). Denominational representatives to the Group Meeting are also members of the Company and elect a number of Directors. Historic investments are managed in order to finance the work of the Group.  

The Work of the Free Churches Group

The Group Meeting

The meeting of representatives from each member denomination where the work is shaped and issues discussed. 

The Free Church Federal Council (Inc)

The legal Company and Charity with ultimate oversight of the finances and work.


Both the Directors and the Group Meeting are served by the General Secretary, (Currently Vacant) and Executive Officers working in the following areas: 

The Moderator

A four-year office, elected by the Group, who represents the Group at national public functions and events. The Moderator usually chairs Directors meetings and offers patronage to a number of organisations.

Our Representation

Organisations with whom the Group is associated either through direct representation or through the patronage of the Moderator.

Links with local Free Church Councils

Historically the Group has associated closely with, and sought to support, local Free Church Councils. These have largely been amalgamated with local 'Churches Together' groups. However, we keep informal links with those that remain.

Some Free Church Women's Councils also remain, running practical projects.

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