The Birth of A Movement
Elim was founded by George Jeffreys in 1915 in a place called Monaghan, Republic of Ireland. Since then, Elim has grown to over 550 churches across the UK and Ireland, with over 9000 churches worldwide. As a young Christian man from Maesteg in Wales, Jeffreys and a group of other believers established the “Elim Foursquare Gospel Alliance” during the second year of the Great War, and it grew with amazing speed as a result of great evangelistic campaigns.
Although Jeffreys was an outstanding evangelist and church planter, Elim grew rapidly thanks to a move of God characterized by miraculous healings and an explosion in the number of people becoming Christians.
The Re-Discovery Of Pentecost's Power
The Elim leaders held the same beliefs as other Christians, but with one important difference. They believed that God’s promises in the Bible about the Holy Spirit and healing were for Christians today. In other words, miracles didn’t stop after the Bible was written. The Elim pioneers had rediscovered God’s power, promised in the Bible to all who would completely commit their lives to following Jesus. It was a ‘re-discovery’, not a discovery, because it was nothing new. God had worked in power through different Christians throughout the centuries, right back to the dramatic miracles of the early Church so frequently mentioned in the Bible.
The basic teaching of Elim, which was publicised under the heading ‘The Foursquare Gospel’, highlighted this rediscovery: it stated that Jesus is the Saviour, the Healer, the Baptiser in the Holy Spirit and the Coming King.
The Meaning Of "Elim"
The name “Elim” is taken from the book of Exodus, as the Israelites “came to Elim, where there were 12 springs of water, and 70 palm trees, and they encamped there by the water” (Read in Exodus 15:27). This oasis in the wilderness was a fitting symbol for a church birthed during the Great War, which still today preaches a message of rest and refreshing, salvation and healing for body, soul and spirit in the midst of this world’s troubles.