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1517

31st October

Martin Luther posts his 95 theses on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg.

1608

Founding of the first Baptist church by John Smyth at Amsterdam.

1840

Christian Friedrich Spittler founds the Pilgermission St. Chrischona.

1844

June

Samuel Heinrich Froehlich starts an evangelistic work based at Strasbourg which leads to the creation of many Nazarean communities in Alsace and Moselle.

1849

1st September

Final day of the synod that created the Union des Églises Évangéliques Libres de France.

1865

William Booth begins a work amongst the poor of East London which will later be named the East London Christian Mission.

1868

24th December

The Imperial Prefect of the Bas-Rhin authorises M. Schnatz, “Minister of the Evangelical Methodist Church at Strasbourg” to “hold conferences at Strasbourg on the doctrines of the Evangelical Methodist Church”. This is the beginning of the Union de l’Église Évangélique Méthodiste (UEEM).

1878

The East London Christian Mission changes its name to become The Salvation Army.

1881

13th March

Kate Booth, eldest daughter of William Booth, organises the first meeting of the Salvation Army in France.

1886

19th August

The Christian Union is founded by Baptist minister Richard G. Spurling.

14th October

Founding of The Faith Mission by John George Govan in Scotland.

1887

Albert Simpson founds the Christian Alliance, an interdenominational organisation, and the Evangelical Missionary Alliance, an international missionary society.

1897

Unification of the Christian Alliance and the Evangelical Missionary Alliance to form the Christian and Missionary Alliance.

1902

15th May

The Christian Union changes its name to become the Holiness Church at Camp Creek.

1904

Beginning of the Welsh Revival.

1907

11th January

The Holiness Church changes its name to become the Church of God.

1910

Founding of the Fédération des Églises Évangéliques Baptistes du Nord de la France.

1915

Founding of the Elim Church by the Welshman George Jeffreys at Monaghan in Ireland.

1916

Creation of The Apostolic Church in Wales.

1921

14th July

The decision to found the Association Évangélique d’Églises Baptistes de Langue Française is taken by the leaders of the French churches of Colombes, Nîmes and Paris Bonne Nouvelle and the Swiss churches of Court, La Chaux-de-Fonds et Tramelan, at an unofficial meeting at Colombes on the 14th and 15th July.

5th November

The Fédération des Églises Évangéliques Baptistes du Nord de la France changes its name to become the Fédération des Églises Évangéliques Baptistes de France.

1922

Union of several church groupings with The Apostolic Church in Wales to form The Apostolic Church.

1924

Founding of the Union des Églises Évangéliques Arméniennes de France.

23rd March

Founding of the first Armenian Evangelical church in France at Marseille.

1926

The Alliance Biblique founded by the Scottish evangelist Hugh Edward Alexander changes its name to become Action Biblique.

1927

Founding of The Foursquare Church by Aimee Semple McPherson.

1930

January

The British missionary, Douglas Scott, and his wife move to Le Havre to begin a work of evangelism.

1932

Founding of the first French Assemblies of God churches.

1938

The Église Réformée de France (ERF) is created by the fusion of the Union des Églises Réformées, the majority of parishes of the Union des Églises Réformées Évangéliques and certain free and Methodist Evangelical churches.

1952

The French pietist communities of the Pilgermission St. Chrischona group together under the name Union des Sociétés Évangéliques St Chrischona (USEC).

1957

Creation of France-Mission to support the missionary work of Claude and Arlette Broux.

1958

Creation of the Alliance des Églises Évangéliques Indépendantes (AEEI) under the impetus of Arthur Johnston, Jacques Blocher and Jules-Marcel Nicole.

1959

30th December

Creation of the association Église de Dieu en France with Walter Lauster as the first president.

1966

3rd June

The French pastor Aimé Cizeron arrives at Reunion Island to start a work of church planting for the Assemblies of God using the name Missions “Salut et Guérison”.

1968

Establishment by Daniel Bordreuil of the missionary society Alliance Chrétienne Missionnaire de France (ACM).

1969

Creation of the Fédération Évangélique de France (FEF — French Evangelical Federation).

1970

Founding of Mission Kwasizabantu by Erlo Stegen in South Africa.

1972

The Apostolic Church becomes a member of the French Protestant Federation (FPF).

Founding of Mission Timothée.

1975

Creation of the Fédération des Églises Libres de Pentecôte (FELP).

1977

The missionary society Alliance Chrétienne Missionnaire becomes a church union with the name Alliance des Églises Chrétiennes Missionnaires de France, initially comprising four churches.

1st September

Creation of the association France Pour Christ to coordinate the evangelistic work started by Nicolas Kessely.

1980

The French pietist communities of the Pilgermission St.  Chrischona become free churches and create the Union des Églises Évangéliques Chrischona (UEEC).

1984

11th June

Founding of the Alliance Baptiste Évangélique de Paris Est et Nord at a meeting at Hautefeuille bringing together churches that had been established by an American mission from the 1960s onwards.

1986

23rd June

Founding of the Fédération des Églises et Communautés Baptistes Charismatiques (FECBC).

1987

17th March

Inaugural meeting of the Associations des compagnons pour l’évangélisation mondiale.

May

The Alliance Baptiste Fondamentaliste is voted into existence at Paris.

1990

The Fédération des Églises Libres de Pentecôte (FELP) becomes the Fédération des Églises du Plein Évangile de France (FEPEF).

Creation of Vie Chrétienne en France under the impetus of Vincent Esterman.

June

Creation of the Communauté des Églises Zaïroises de France (CEZAF) under the impetus of Majagira Bulangalire.

1992

10th June

The Associations des compagnons pour l’évangélisation mondiale change their name to become France V.I.E.

1996

July

Creation of the Communion des Églises de l’Espace Francophone (CEEF).

3rd July

Creation of the association Union des Églises Pentecôtisantes Indépendantes (UNEPI) under the impetus of Pierre Lannoy.

1999

The Communauté des Églises Zaïroises de France (CEZAF) changes its name to become the Communauté des Églises Africaines de France (CEAF).

The Union des Églises Évangéliques Chrischona (UEEC) changes its name to become the Union des Églises Chrétiennes Évangéliques (UECE).

2000

November

Creation of the association Alliance Pour Christ as a union between churches, the France Pour Christ mission and other partner associations.

November

The Alliance Baptiste Fondamentaliste changes its name to Alliance Baptiste de France.

2001

July

Creation of the Entente Congolaise des Œuvres Chrétiennes (ECOC) under the impetus of Albert Watto.

2002

The last of the churches belonging to the Alliance Baptiste Évangélique de Paris Est et Nord joins the Association Évangélique d’Églises Baptistes de Langue Française and the ABEPEN is dissolved shortly afterwards.

April

The Alliance des Églises Évangéliques Indépendantes changes its name to become the Alliance des Églises Évangéliques Interdépendantes.

2003

The Communauté des Églises d’Expressions Africaines de France (CEAF) becomes a full member of the French Protestant Federation (FPF).

6th January

Representatives of the French Evangelical movement create the Conseil National des Évangéliques de France (CNEF) and adopt unanimously a first document where the CNEF is defined as “a place of discussion, reflection, united action and prayer, a platform to strengthen the ties and reinforce the visibility of French evangelical Protestantism, while respecting its diversities”.

2005

2nd–3rd April

At the AGM held at Landersen, the Églises Méthodistes de France (EMF) become part of the Union de l’Église Évangélique Méthodiste en France (UEEMF) which changes its name to Église Évangélique Méthodiste (EEM).

2006

10th March

The Union d’Assemblées Protestantes en Mission (UAPM) becomes a full member of the French Protestant Federation (FPF).

10th March

The Union des Églises Protestantes Foursquare France (UEPFF) becomes a full member of the French Protestant Federation (FPF).

10th March

The Communion des Églises de l’Espace Francophone (CEEF) becomes a full member of the French Protestant Federation (FPF).

1st–2nd April

At its AGM at Anduze, the Église Évangélique Méthodiste (EEM) changes its name to become the Union de l’Église Évangélique Méthodiste de France (UEEMF).

2007

27th March

The association Nouvelles Frontières France is delared at the Gard préfecture.

2008

26th October

The Entente Congolaise des Œuvres Chrétiennes changes its name to become the Entente et Coordination des Œuvres Chrétiennes during its Annual General Meeting at Le Blanc-Mesnil (93).

2009

The Fédération des Églises du Plein Évangile de France becomes the Fédération des Églises du Plein Évangile en Francophonie (FEPEF).

15th March

At the national synod at Bagard the Union Nationale des Églises Réformées Évangéliques Indépendantes (UNEREI) changes its name to become the Union Nationale des Églises Protestantes Réformées Évangéliques de France (UNEPREF).

2010

The Union des Églises Chrétiennes Évangéliques (UECE) joins together with its missionary society to form a single entity named Vision-France, une Union d’Églises Protestantes Évangéliques.

6th February

At its Annual General Meeting the Fédération Évangélique de France (FEF) changes its name to become the Réseau FEF (Réseau Fraternel Évangélique Français).

10th April

The Union des Églises Pentecôtisantes Indépendantes (UNEPI) becomes a probationary member of the French Protestant Federation (FPF).

10th April

The Union des Églises Évangéliques Elim de France (UEEEF) becomes a probationary member of the French Protestant Federation (FPF).

10th April

The Union des Églises Évangéliques Arméniennes de France (UEEAF) becomes a probationary member of the French Protestant Federation (FPF).

15th June

General Meeting to officially found the Conseil National des Évangéliques de France (CNEF).

2012

21st January

The Union des Églises Évangéliques Arméniennes de France (UEEAF) becomes a full member of the French Protestant Federation (FPF).

21st January

The Union des Églises Pentecôtisantes Indépendantes (UNEPI) becomes a full member of the French Protestant Federation (FPF).

21st January

The Union des Églises Évangéliques Elim de France (UEEEF) becomes a full member of the French Protestant Federation (FPF).

21st January

The Union de l’Église Évangélique Méthodiste de France (UEEMF) becomes a probationary member of the French Protestant Federation (FPF).

2015

October

The Apostolic Church announces that it is leaving the French Protestant Federation (FPF).

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