The French Protestant Federation was founded in 1905 (nineteen hundred five).
Twenty-two Churches or Union of Churches are belonging to the French Protestant Federation and seventy-nine communities, institutions, organizations and movements, working in a wide range of areas : children, youth, elderly people, health, social work, recreation and holidays, education, communication, arts, international relations, mission and development. That means about 500 (five hundred) associations.
The FPF is an association but too an administration and services (undertaking).
Twenty-five persons are working in seven services : Communication, Radio, TV, Ecumenism, Biblical Service, Aumonery of jails, military Aumonery.
The FPF join together the most French protestant Churches and associations, in the diversity of the various protestant and evangelical sensibilities since the Reformation : Lutheran, Baptist, Reformed, Charismatic and Pentecostal one.
The FPF contribute to the dialog of those sensibilities in order to bring them closer, represent them near the state and ministries, publics powers and medias.
The FPF is directed by a Council and his president. Claude Baty, actual president, is member of the Union of the free evangelical Church, a Cavinist one. He is one of the important voices of the Protestantism in the French society.
He is telling publically in name of the FPF on such topics than "religious freedom, "laïcité / relationship between the Church and the State", "Ethics", "Faith and Science" and so on...
The FPF is member of the Christian Council of Churches in France, with the Roman Catholic Church and The Orthodox Church.
The Council designate several commissions, to light his analysis and to make proposals. For exemple, two commissions take charge of the dialog with Muslims and Jews. One another gather the different french protestant schools. A commission is studying the actual thems under the title "Church and Society", like "ethics and biology", Europ and migrants", "Ecology and preservation of the creation"...
The member bodies of the French Protestant Federation adhere to a chart, which states their conviction that they are called and bound together by the gospel as expressed in the scriptures, and 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, they practice mutual Eucharistic hospitality in response to the invitation of the Lord and a sign of their communion in Christ.
The French Protestant Federation represent nowadays a spiritual community of about nine hundred thousand christian persons, the protestant and evangelical people in France being a small minority, of 2,3 (two or three) per cent of the global population. That means that the FPF represents the two-third of the French protestantism.
The FPF is partner of the different evangelical and ecumenical instances in Europe and in the world.
At the end of this year 2009 (two thousand nine), we will organize a big meeting in Strasbourg, - we hope something like a big feast to testify that Jesus Christ is a hope for everyone in our world. We are waiting for more than ten thousand people of the different sensibilities of the French Protestantism.
This year is, too, the jubilee of the birth of John Calvin, the French Reformator and the author of the "Christian Institution". That's to say that the French protestantism now restate his theological basis and think over his presence in the French society. The FPF is associated at these different official moments.
Document rédigé par Yves Parrend - mai 2009