Definition of Free Church in English:

Free Church

noun

  • A Christian Church which has dissented or seceded from an established Church.

    • ‘Baptists, like other denominations of the Free Church heritage, defy easy explanations.’
    • ‘Smith remained active in the Free Church and was an influential scholar both in the church and in the larger world outside.’
    • ‘Cultivation of the spiritual gifts and practices has long been a part of the more liturgical traditions, but more and more Free Church Christians are developing an interest in spirituality.’
    • ‘He trained at the Free Church College, Edinburgh, and began working as a Free Church missionary in South Africa in mid-1989.’
    • ‘In addition to this, the Baptists were the only Free Church in Estonia that had given systematic theological education on the seminary level in the 1920s and 1930s.’
    • ‘Even Free Church congregations, who normally shun all talk of saints' feasts and ‘vain’ festivals, bear the St Columba badge.’
    • ‘It dates from 1846, three years after the Reverend David Paton and the other Disruption ministers left the Church of Scotland to form the Free Church.’
    • ‘He eventually became a Free Church minister in Stuttgart in 1954, and until the mid-1970s was known in German evangelical circles.’
    • ‘Co-ordinating chaplains may be Anglicans, Roman Catholics, Free Church, Muslim or - if deemed appropriate in a particular situation - of another religion.’
    • ‘Consequently, the Free Churches are often neglected within the worldwide ecumenical conversation-even though they constitute one of the fastest growing Christian groups.’
    • ‘New legislation covers the relationship with the state, and the traditional Free Churches will have to adapt to a new situation, one which they have worked and waited for during 150 years.’
    • ‘Sixteen percent of Tongans are Roman Catholic, 14 percent belong to the Free Church of Tonga, and nine percent are Mormon.’
    • ‘The local churches, and not just the Free Church, refused to hold Christmas services.’
    • ‘In Scotland the established church was Presbyterian, and in 1843 the majority of Church of Scotland evangelicals seceded to form the Free Church.’
    • ‘In some cases, Baptists mirrored the experience of other denominations; in other situations, it was a uniquely Free Church set of variables.’
    • ‘He helped found the Free Church when it broke from the established Church of Scotland in 1843 and edited a religious newspaper, the Witness, in which he expounded on the issues of the day.’
    • ‘In 1923 and 1925, Swedish Free Churches appealed to the government to abolish this regulation but without results.’
    • ‘Communion of bread and wine is an entirely symbolic ritual in the Free Church, performed only twice a year and crucially without the power of transubstantiation attributed to it in the Catholic faith.’
    • ‘The largest of the Free Churches is the Methodist Church with about a million members, followed by the Baptist church and United Reformed Church’
    • ‘The spirituality of Slavic Free Churches became better known to Estonian Baptists through personal contacts and translated materials in spite of the restricted circulation of even typewritten writings.’

Pronunciation

Free Church