Overview of Cabinet 2012
The 2012 Foursquare Cabinet convened March 5-7, 2012, in Glendale, Calif. The cabinet meeting had 115 participants, representing all 14 U.S. districts and various leadership roles.
President Glenn Burris Jr. reviewed the five targets that were presented at the 2011 Cabinet:
- People groups
He then presented the following framework that encompasses the five targets:
- Spiritual vitality
- Organizational health
General Supervisor Tammy Dunahoo presented a proposal to implement both pre-service and in-service training for licensed ministers; she also presented a preliminary outline of the various areas and skills that would be addressed in training. Although the number of U.S. churches has declined, Tammy stated that much of the decrease is the result of intentionally closing unviable churches with healthy plants in the pipeline. The goal of future church plants is to establish disciple-making Christian communities that transform cities.
Foursquare Missions International (FMI) Director Jim Scott presented a chart based on FMI’s mission statement that explains what FMI does and how it serves missionaries, the U.S. church and the global church. Jim also presented an explanation of the roles of both FMI and local churches in Foursquare’s global ministry. Additionally, he presented clarifying information regarding the funding of various missionary categories.
Chief Financial Officer Ron Thigpenn reported on the growing fiscal stability of The Foursquare Church. He reported a balanced budget for 2012—the second year in a row. Ron clearly stated a commitment to streamline processes in order to more effectively serve the mission of The Foursquare Church.
Foursquare Financial Solutions CEO Greg Campbell reported on the development of FFS to date, and also listed the 2012 objectives.
Proposed Bylaw Amendments
The 2012 cabinet reviewed a number of proposed bylaw amendments. Based on the cabinet’s discussion, the proposed bylaw amendments have been revised. Some have been reworded and others deleted entirely. The revised proposed bylaw amendments are now ready for further review by the cabinet before forwarding to the board for final review before convention.
Cabinet participants conscientiously vetted the items sent to them, and they did so with mutual respect. The 2012 cabinet meeting ended on Wednesday, March 7, 2012, with a time of worship and communion.