State of Foursquare Missions International
Missions Director James C. Scott Jr. looked at the current realities and future of missions as it relates to The Foursquare Church as a whole.
The distinctiveness of our Foursquare Missions International (FMI) program, along with its expansion around the world, has been cause for celebration. We are, however, in a season of tremendous global change. National and regional leaders have become respected peers and global partners; their leadership is helping frame new strategies as we together seek to fulfill the mandate of the Great Commission.
The U.S. church has a continuing partnership in global missions, and FMI is strengthening both clarity and connection with local churches. Never in our history have local churches been more involved and connected around the world—which creates a situation that is both exciting and complicated.
Many pastors, ministers and lay leaders have personally embraced the call to take the gospel everywhere, including to people groups within the U.S. This led to a redirection of some finances as churches poured their resources into newfound places of ministry.
Consequently, FMI has experienced a shortage of funding as it attempts to keep up with strategic priorities and previous commitments to missionaries around the world. We are seeking the right balance between the strategic role of the local church in world missions and our national role in deploying, training, caring for and covering our missionaries.
During one of the main sessions, an FMI Faith Pledge offering was received. By the conclusion of Connection 2011, $1.2 million dollars had been given or pledged over the course of the next year.
Listen to Jim Scott's FMI Annual Report (MP3, 32 MB)
Download the 2011 FMI Annual Report (PDF, 2 MB)