Convention Business Wrap-Up
While many details need to be resolved, Reimagine Foursquare took a major step towards implementation at Foursquare Connection 2014 in Dallas, attended by more than 3,000 people from the U.S. and 41 other nations.
Following the May 26-29 convention, leaders started a series of meetings to immediately flesh out details of the organizational, legal and financial changes that are part of the realignment delegates endorsed.
One proposal requires a bylaw revision and must be voted in 2015. It will allow local churches to own or lease their own properties. Titles are currently held by the national church.
President Glenn Burris, Jr.—ratified for a second five-year term at the convention—said existing loans and asset allocations could make this a long-term process. However, in his main address he expressed gratitude for the cabinet’s approval of the Five Stakes in March.
“One hundred percent of the cabinet said, ‘We want to affirm this as a direction,’” Glenn said. “That meant more to me than anything.”
The significance of the convention appeared through a prophetic word delivered in mid-week by John Wiley, senior pastor of River Church Family (Kansas City East Foursquare Church) in Raytown, Mo.
“When the 2018 convention is assembled (four years from now), there will be an incredible explosion of fruit that will be evident to all,” John declared. “It will be seen by all to be directly tied to the decisions made in 2014 and 2015.”
In addition to giving local churches more flexibility over property decisions, Reimagine envisions reducing the overall number of districts while possibly adding Hispanic ones. It plans to reduce central office staff numbers and sell some properties.
During the financial report, Director of Operations Adam Davidson outlined the practicalities. They include funding for missional projects in local churches increasing from zero at present to $8 million annually, with an ultimate goal of $12 million.
“We have reimagined Foursquare to prioritize missions in all of our personnel, financial structure and systems,” Adam said. “Our commitment is to do all we can to finish the Great Commission.”
In his welcoming message that followed a gathering of global leaders, Foursquare’s president said God is restoring and reviving the movement started by founder Aimee Semple McPherson.
The Lord does not want to take us back to where we were, Glenn said, “but to take us forward where He wants us to go.”