Our humble beginning
Emmanuel Ethiopian Christian Fellowship Church in Raleigh, North Carolina (EECFC-NC) was founded in 1997 by a group of Ethiopians living in Raleigh, Durham, Greensboro and the surrounding area. In the early 1990s, a small group of Ethiopian immigrants started meeting for a weekly Bible study. The fellowship grew in number as more Ethiopians moved to the area. By the mid-1990s, the number of people in the fellowship increased significantly; this required a larger meeting place. At the time, Cary Church of God provided the fellowship a small meeting place. Emmanuel Ethiopian Christian Fellowship was organized officially; and, a biweekly worship service was started at the church. As more people move to the area and fellowship attendance increased, weekly worship service was initiated. Finally in 1997, Emmanuel Ethiopian Christian Fellowship Church in North Carolina was officially founded and registered in the State of North Carolina. From its humble beginning in the early 1990s till now, the church has grown tremendously. Our church is made up of a variety of people from different church and cultural backgrounds. Most of our members are people from Ethiopia and Eritrea who moved into the area over the last several years. Our church is growing in all areas and our holistic ministries are designed to encourage people to participate in worship, fellowship, discipleship and evangelism.
Statement of Faith
THE HOLY SCRIPTURES
We believe that the scripture both the Old and New Testaments are the inspired, infallible, immutable and unchangeable Word of God
(2 Timothy 3:16, 17; 2Peter 1:21).
THE TRIUNE GOD
We believe that there is only one true God who has revealed Himself in three persons: The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. They are distinct from one another and are coexistent and coequal in divine nature (Math 3:16,17; 1 John 5:7).
We believe that Jesus Christ is both fully human and fully divine. He is the eternal Son of God who is worthy to be worshiped.
THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe that the Holy Spirit is divine and personal being who convicts, regenerate and empowers the people of God to proclaim the good news of the kingdom for holistic transformation.
We believe that human being is created in the image of God. However, man in his voluntary disobedience fell into sin and separated from God (Genesis 1:27; Roman 5:12).
We believe that Man’s hope of salvation is only through the work of Christ on the cross. Salvation involves the whole person; spirit, soul and body. Salvation is through faith by grace alone (Ephesians 2:11).
We believe that the Church, the body of Christ, is an agent of holistic transformation. The mission of the church is to accomplish both the Great Commission and the Great Commandment in words and deeds.
WATER BAPTISM AND THE LORD'S SUPPER
We believe that baptism is an act of testimony of a believer’s death to sin and resurrection to a new life in Christ. It is the immersion of a believer into the water in the name of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 6:4; Mathew 28:19).
We believe that the Lord’s Supper is an act of obedience in remembrance of the suffering and death, and anticipation of His second coming. It consists the broken bread and the fruit of the vine. (1 Corinthians 11:24-26)
THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST
We believe that the second coming of Christ is imminent and personal. It includes the rapture of the believers, the return of Christ with believers to reign on earth for one thousand and to live forever in the new heaven and a new earth.. (Matthew 24:36, 42, 44; 1 Thessalonians 4:16, 17).