Welcome to Liberia, the West African nation with the rare distinction of never having been colonized. Since 1847, Liberia has been a free and independent state. For 20 years, civil war tore this nation apart, but the church remained faithful and peace has now come.
We see a growing Liberian church, true to the Scriptures, relying on God, discipling believers to maturity in Christ, being empowered by the Spirit; self-governing, self-supporting, and self-propagating; pursuing God's missionary vision for the unsaved and unreached people of Liberia and the world.
We see Eternal Love Winning Africa (ELWA) Ministries being nationalised, working with Liberian churches, self-directed, proclaiming the gospel, teaching biblical truth, upholding Christian moral standards and ministering to human need.
In 1997, following the last of three missionary evacuations, an association of churches related to SIM and other churches formed the Evangelical Church of Liberia (ECOL).
The National Church
No official state church exists in Liberia. Many old churches along the coast need revival as nominalism and syncretism with animistic beliefs are widespread among leaders and members. Some urban and inland churches are growing and reaching out in evangelism. An evangelical fellowship of churches and missions established in 1966 became dormant in 1982, but was reactivated in the late 1980s as the Association of Evangelicals of Liberia (AEL). It is helping Liberians re-establish themselves through loans, training and work among rural people, with funding from TEAR Fund and World Relief.