INTRODUCING NATIVE EVANGELICAL FELLOWSHIP OF CANADA, INC. (NEFC)
The birth of the Native Evangelical Fellowship of Canada, Inc. (NEFC)
came about as a result of missionary endeavour to Native peoples in the 1950’s. As Native men were won to Christ they were given Bible school
training and encouraged to take Christian leadership. Native believers grew in their faith and soon saw the spiritual need among their own
people. This need was not only in one reserve but also across the Dominion of Canada.
In 1957 the vision of a fellowship of Native Christians across Canada began was born. Two years
later Native leaders met to organize their new fellowship of churches. This humble beginning in central Canada paved the way toward an
organizational framework that would later be adopted in 1959 at a meeting of Indian leaders at Island Lake, Manitoba. The Lord’s leading was
evidenced as the Indian Christians from remote areas were united in their desire to organize a Native Evangelical Fellowship of Indian Christians
In 1968, the Native Christian group wrote By-laws and a Constitution that was then known as the Native Evangelical Church. In
1969, at the General Conference in Winnipeg, the members of the Native Evangelical Church revised the name to its present “Native
Evangelical Fellowship of Canada.” The same year the NEFC under its new name applied for a Charter from the Federal government of Canada.
This was granted in 1971 and gives the Native Evangelical Fellowship of Canada, Inc., the recognition as a religious body which is able to
operate anywhere in Canada.
In spite of great obstacles God drew many hundreds of Native peoples to Himself over the next
few decades. The Lord rewarded the faith of these early pastors and Christian workers.
Many believers organized themselves into uniquely Native local fellowships. NEFC grew through
annual conferences, Christian workers retreats and family camps. Much of our growth can also be attributed to the assistance of non-Native
NEFC exists for the purpose of bringing
lost souls to Christ,
discipling them, and gathering them into local fellowships
After many years of spreading the gospel and establishing churches,
NEFC aspires to minister the gospel in every Native reserve, community and city across Canada. The founders have passed the baton to the second
and third generation leadership who continue to uphold strong doctrine and the values and vision of the original board.
The NEFC office provides a two-fold function. As a mission agency, we presently serve ten
missionary couples and two single missionaries from Quebec to British Columbia. As a fellowship of Native churches NEFC provides encouragement
and counsel for its leadership and fellowships. We serve as a link among the various NEFC churches as well as a link from the churches to the
Christian community at large.
NEFC continues to focus on proclaiming in word and deed the gospel of Jesus Christ. We know
that as the gospel is applied to people’s hearts, true life change results. The only hope for our people is faith in God through relationship
with Jesus Christ.
We give God praise for the wide-reaching impact of the last fifty years of evangelical mission
work across Canada. We thank Him for the working of His Spirit in the midst of a spiritual searching for truth and reality. Many more today are
finding true hope and life in Jesus Christ. A growing number of Native leaders are effectively helping our people apply the gospel of Jesus
Christ to the broken hearted and wounded lives.
In this age of Native identity search, self-determination and
spirituality resurgence we believe God has given us unprecedented opportunity to offer hope through Jesus Christ. Therefore we as Aboriginal
National Church leadership are pioneering new structures to communicate Jesus “through an Aboriginal lens.” We want to empower ourselves and our
workers to more effectively reach the exploding Aboriginal population for Christ.
The Apostle Paul’s model of planting churches provides a
pattern that has worked among Native peoples for many
years. Since the latter 1940’s, missionaries and Native
pastors have ministered at every phase of the cycle.
In the coming years we envision a stronger movement of healthy Native churches across Canada,
nurturing our people to become people of strength. We envision a stronger movement of emerging Christian Native leaders who are gifted and
trained for the work of the ministry—here and around the world. We envision strategic ministry partnerships to emerge between Native and
non-Native ministries for the advancement of God’s kingdom. We believe the renewal of interest in spirituality will result in many more people
finding the true path to the Creator and His Son, Jesus. We are trusting God for a mighty river of healing and reconciliation to flow among our
people, bringing a message of hope and transformation through Jesus Christ.