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Alliance des Églises Évangéliques Interdépendantes

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The AEEI is part of what can be called the “young churches of France” created after the 1945 liberation by different missionary societies (often English or American) which came to Europe having had to leave Africa because of the post-colonial wars.

These young churches constitute the “third protestantism” after the churches that came out of the reform (16th and 17th centuries) and from different revivals (18th and 19th centuries). They are often found in the less evangelised parts of France because they see France as a mission field.

In 1950, after passing through France, Dr David Hohnson Director-General of the American mission TEAM noted that “a person born in France is less likely to hear the gospel and be saved than someone born in the middle of Africa”. The TEAM mission therefore decided to start a work in France.

American missionaries started arriving in France in 1952. After several years of work it became necessary to buy a building at Vitry and a parcel of land for construction at Orly. An association was therefore declared in 1958 and it supervised evangelistic activities. It was named the “Alliance des Églises Évangéliques Indépendantes” (AEEI) and took for model the Tabernacle Baptist Church at Paris. It was Professor Jacques Blocher who was named first honorary president and who also suggested the name.

Through the following years the AEEI created a new pioneer work each year, thanks to missionaries from TEAM and the LBF. Since the 1990s, the number of missionaries has diminished and TEAM now centres its works on the Rhône-Alpes region. The growth of the AEEI has slowed down as a result.

When the association was named the word “independent” in its title was not meant to signify independence of the congregational type but independence with respect to the French Protestant Federation. Since this term was no longer well understood, the association changed its name to “l’Alliance des Églises Évangéliques Interdépendantes” in April 2002.