The French Protestant Federation

The French Protestant Federation (FPF) was founded in Paris in 1905.

Twenty-eight Churches or Union of Churches belong to the Federation. This includes eighty communities, institutions, organizations and movements, working in a wide range of areas: children, youth, the elderly, health, social work, recreation and holidays, education, communication, arts, international relations, mission and development. Together they make up about 500 (five hundred) associations.

The FPF is an association as well as an administration and it provides services.

Twenty-five people work in the nine services: Information and Communication, Radio, Television, Ecumenism, Biblical Service, the Mosaïc Poject, Health chaplaincy, Prison chaplaincy, and Military chaplaincy.

The FPF has brought together the largest number of French protestant Churches and associations within the diversity of the various protestant and evangelical sensibilities since the Reformation: Lutheran, Baptist, Reformed, Charismatic and Pentecostals. And this is very singular in Europe.

The FPF contributes to the dialogue of these sensibilities in order to bring them closer together, represent them with regards to the state, ministries, Public authorities and the media.

The FPF is led by a Council and its president. The Reverend Claude Baty the current president is a member of the Union of Free Evangelical Churches of Calvinist tendencies. He is one of the most important voices of Protestantism in French society. He speaks publicly on behalf of the Fedreation on such themes as “religious freedom”, “laïcité” / the relationship between Church and State,” “Ethics”, Faith and Science” and so on…

The next president the Reverend François Clavairoly, will take office next October 2013. He belongs to the United Protestant Church of France.

The FPF is a member of the Christian Council of Churches in France, and dialogues and works with the Roman Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church, for example.

The Council of the French Protestant Federation designates several commissions to enlighten its analysis and make proposals. For example, two commissions are in charge of the dialogue with Muslims and Jews. Another brings together the various protestant schools. A commission is studying current themes under the title of “Church and Society”, such as “ethics and biology”, “Europe and migration”, “Ecology and the preservation of creation”, “End of Life”....

The member bodies of the French Protestant Federation adhere to a charter, which underscores the conviction that they are called and bound together by the Gospel as expressed in the scriptures and that they recognize the centrality of the proclamation of salvation by grace received by faith alone. The preaching of the Reformation, the spiritual movements entailed by the Reformation, and the ecumenical approach affirm this conviction. In the fraternal love and freedom given by the gospel, the members practice mutual Eucharistic hospitality in response to the invitation of the Lord and as a sign of their communion in Christ.

Today the French Protestant Federation is a spiritual community of about nine hundred thousand Christians, composed of Protestants and Evangelicals amounting to a small minority of 2 to 3 (two to three) percent of the global French population. This means that the FPF represents two-thirds of French Protestantism.

The FPF is partner to various evangelical and ecumenical bodies and organizations in Europe and in the world.

At the end of September 2013 a ‘Protestant festival’ will be organized in Paris to testify to the fact that Jesus Christ is the hope of the world. We are expecting more than twenty thousand people from different movements and representations of French Protestantism. The next festival will take place in Lyon in 2017 within the context of the Jubilee of the Reformation.

The jubilee of the birth of John Calvin, the French Reformer and author of the “Christian Institution” was celebrated a year ago. Through this event French Protestantism restates its theological basis and reflects on its very presence in French society. The FPF is involved in all official events relating to the jubilee.

Document rédigé par YP – Février 2013