Overview of Convention 2011
The Foursquare family from around the world gathered together in Columbus, Ohio, May 30-June 2 to decide on some important matters that will shape Foursquare's future and bylaws.
Nearly 2,500 Foursquare pastors, leaders and church members from 54 nations around the world gathered for Foursquare Connection 2011, themed "Accelerate—The Whole Gospel to the Whole World," held in Columbus, Ohio, May 30-June 2, 2011.
The Greater Columbus Convention Center played host to the May 30-June 2 event, which included insightful and prophetic speakers, meaningful worship and practical learning.
The six sessions featured a variety of speakers who brought insight on how to lead better, do ministry better, and depend on Jesus more. Speakers included Glenn Burris Jr., Ed Stetzer, Mike Kai, Daniel Prieto, Jon Tyson, Leslie Keegel, Ted Vail, Rick Bezet, Kelly Tshibaka and A.J. Swoboda. Morning worship was led by Karen Ricketts and the Sanctuary Singers; evening worship was led by Aaron Keyes.
President Glenn Burris Jr. reviewed his five targets for the U.S. Foursquare Church, which include U.S. and international growth strategies as well as a new funding model.
Foursquare Missions International Director James C. Scott looked at the current realites of our international outreach efforts, and reminded us why missions remains so vital. In addition, a special FMI Faith Pledge offering was taken, with $1.2 million donated or pledged by local Foursquare churches.
In light of nearly two decades of no growth in the U.S. Foursquare Church, General Supervisor Tammy Dunahoo noted the need to concentrate on leadership, and church health and multiplication in the U.S. Church. She also discussed the current realities of the U.S. Church.
Chief Financial Officer Ron Thigpenn has engineered a remarkable turnaround in our ability to both gauge and steward our financial responsibilities. He announced that 2010 ended with a surplus, while a balanced budget is planned for 2011.
A key item that was approved during the business session will usher in a new business model for The Foursquare Church through Foursquare Financial Solutions (FFS). The convention body passed the measure that allows the Foursquare board of directors to finalize the financial component of FFS.