I was considering how far we have come in peace, continuity and unity during the past four years regarding three subjects: the tithe, property ownership and healthy leaders.

Those three items, which we have wrestled with, and which have caused us angst and pain, are today, in this meeting, being holistically addressed. The Lord has had mercy by giving to us the wisdom and courage to find our way forward.

As we move forward into 2015 to adopt some form of these changes in our bylaws, know this by the word of the Lord:

“When the 2018 convention is assembled (four years from now), there will be an incredible explosion of fruit that will be evident to all, and it will be seen by all to be directly tied to the decisions made in 2014 and 2015.”

Hear the word of the Lord.

Father, may Your kingdom prosper in the Foursquare family of churches.

By: John Wiley, senior pastor of River Church Family (Kansas City East Foursquare Church) in Raytown, Mo.