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The Eglise Réformée de France (ERF) of today was formed in 1938, from the union of different groups both liberal and orthodox which were created on the official separation of church and state in 1905. Other groups such as Methodists and “librists” joined the ERF at ths moment. Its origins are in fact much earlier since the reformed Protestantism exists since the Reformation.

Born with the Reformation of the 16th century, maintained across the difficulties of history, co-founding member of the Protestant Federation of France, the ERF is the largest protestant group in France. Its core of active and engaged members is constituted by around 50,000 families. But there are over 300,000 persons who participate or call on its services. They are less and less from traditional protestant families or regions.

The annual national Synod is charged with governing the Eglise Reformée de France. The national Synod is charged with analyzing the activities of the church and comparing it with the expressed needs of the 470 local churches. (Cultural associations under the law= legal structures; the ERF counts 881 places where church services are regularly held). Composed of 92 members with deliberative powers, elected by eight regional Synods, and the consulting members representing charitable associations, movements, institutions, and teams linked to the ERF, there in total around 200 participants, both laymen and pastors, men and women. By the resolutions voted the last day of the session, the Synod expresses its thoughts on subjects of society.

The ERF together with the Eglise Evangélique luthérienne de France (EELF) and l’Union des Eglises protestantes d’Alsace-Lorraine (EPAL) the Communion protestante luthéro-réformée (CPLR). At the European level, this Lutheran –Reformed exchange takes the form of Communion des Eglises protestantes en Europe (CEPE) ou Communion ecclésiale de Leuenberg :  : churches that are part of this group have agreed on “the essential” and therefore cooperate in the following manners: mutual recognition of ministers, pastor training, common subjects of dicussion and projects of the church, pooling of resources, etc. At the Sochaux Synod in 2007, a project of the merger of the ERF and EELF were voted, and the most recent Synod voted the final merger.


The ERF is a member of the Fédération Protestante de France (FPF) which includes the churches of the CPLR, various evangelical churches, Baptists, and the Adventist Church. The question of admitting the Pentecostalists is under study.


On an international level, beyond Europe, the ERF is part of the l’Alliance réformée mondiale (ARM) and the Conseil Oecuménique des Eglises (COE)both headquartered in Geneva.

Several Statistics

There are approximately 110,000 families or persons known (persons with a link to the church) representing around 300,000-400,000 persons: the ERF has made the choice to be an “open” church, and not keep a complete list of its members. About 50,000 families participate financially and contribute on average 384 Euros.

There are 492 “cultural” associations under the law, with 881 places that frequently hold church services, and 412 pastoral positions, some of which are not filled.

The ERF hand the Fédération Protestante de France. 70 other pastors exercise their ministry in Associations, and mouvements: prisons, hospitals, military, and with young people, aide services, religious communities, Cimade, biblical animation, missions, teaching, and other churches.

29% of the pastors are women, and there are 28 pastor couples. The average age of an active pastor is 47, and 18% are of foreign citizenship.