Cabinet 2012 President's Update: Reclaiming our Voice
God spoke these words to the Apostle Paul in a dream: “Do not be afraid; keep on speaking, do not be silent” (Acts 18:9).
With those words President Glenn Burris Jr. issued the following challenge to The Foursquare Church: “Speak” and “Reclaim Our Voice.” Many people in our own country and around the world are depending on us to step up and lead. The Foursquare Church, which began as a local church in 1923 that was born out of revival, has become a worldwide movement.
In 2011, our president shared with the cabinet five targets, the missional framework around which Foursquare would focus time, energy and resources:
- People Groups
This year Glenn shared the larger framework that encompasses the five targets:
- Spiritual vitality: It is critical to the success of our movement that we declare our absolute dependency on the presence and power of the Holy Spirit. From Joel’s prophetic words and the birth of the early church in Jerusalem clearly show that the full release of God’s plan comes when men and women yield to the work of the Spirit.
- Organizational health: In addition to spiritual vitality, we must be healthy as an organization. A healthy organization provides its members with clear and concise information and creates a clear sense of identity and mission within a culture of empowerment and enfranchisement.
- Missional effectiveness: The primary missional effectiveness of our movement will be the result of what happens locally, not nationally. Partnerships at a district and national levels are critical for coordinating and providing resources. However, leaders are discipled, churches are planted, nations are reached, and people groups are embraced and released through local churches.
Glenn stated the following in regard to the future or The Foursquare Church:
Our family’s history began in the midst of an earth-changing Pentecostal revival. While we don’t yearn to go back, we must contend for a future that is filled with more than just strategies and plans. We must contend for His power and presence more than we contend for growth. Fruitfulness will be a byproduct of our willingness to submit fully and freely to His plans for our church family!